Super User Religious education (RE) makes a distinctive contribution to a balanced and broadly-based school curriculum which: promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society; and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Aims RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. RE contributes to pupils' personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It encourages them to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. RE has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, the humanities and the arts, education for sustainable development. How does RE contribute to wider curriculum aims? Religious education contributes to the three statutory aims of the National Curriculum. It enables all children and young people to become: successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. Staff Miss G Crawford is the Head of RE. Various other members of staff also teach parts of the RE course throughout the school. Being passionate about her subject Miss Crawford ensures a broad and balanced delivery of material in all year groups. There are many visiting speakers and representatives from a wide range of organizations who present material at varying points to enhance the curriculum and over all educational experience of the pupils. Pupils are encouraged to articulate their ideas and opinions in a safe, systematic and fair environment. Resources The Department has built up a wide selection of resources and these are reviewed and extended on a yearly basis. + - KS3 Click to collapse At Key Stage 3 Students study the life of Jesus, the challenge of morality, the Old Testament story and the story of the church past and present, and how these relate to life today. In addition students in year 9 study Judaism. Pupils also complete communication cross-curricular tasks and ICT tasks in years 8, 9 and 10. At key stage 3 we also work alongside the Geography department on a connected learning project on poverty. We also connect with the History and English Departments covering material relating to the Holocaust when reviewing the theme of suffering and the life of Corrie Ten Boom. In Year 10 an extensive project is carried out on the theme of William Wilberforce and the link with slavery past and present. + - KS4 Click to collapse Pupils study 2 Key topics over the 2 years – Christianity : Ethics ( AQA ) The Gospel of Mark ( AQA ) GCSE Religious Studies A helps students develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of Religion and its relation to the wider world. This two-unit specification requires students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Religion. The specification encourages personal response and informed insight on fundamental questions about: identity belonging meaning purpose truth values Commitments The specification is distinctive in providing the opportunity for the systematic study of the beliefs, sources of authority, practices and organization of the major Christian denominations. For a full course it allows a depth study of Christianity, Islam or Judaism, or a study of two religions in which case Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism are also choices. This course has no coursework or controlled assessment. + - A Level Click to collapse The pupils cover two Key Topic areas in the 2 years. A study of Old Testament Prophecy ( CCEA ) An overview of Church History. (CCEA ) There are two standard papers at A’S and A’2 level with no coursework. + - Extracurricular Click to collapse Scripture Union is a strong club within Fivemiletown College. Both junior and senior pupils are actively involved in the wide range of activities and events organised.