Religious Education at Meols Cop is a dynamic and engaging subject, relevant to students' everyday lives. We aim to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder and awe, encouraging students to develop their own spiritual awareness. We are passionate about ensuring our students develop a culture of respect and recognise shared human experiences, despite cultural or religious differences.
Through R.E we also:
- Improve students' skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT. We have a state of the art classroom fully equipped with ICT facilities and have the space for students to explore a variety of new and interesting learning techniques.
- Develop students thinking skills, encouraging them to ask 'Ultimate questions'.
- Promote students awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues and engage in projects that encourage an ethos of equality and caring within the school community. For example, we run a campaign called, 'pay it forward' where students are encouraged to put random acts of kindness into force within the school community.
- Develop students as active citizens and charitable contributors, who enthusiastically act to ease the suffering of others, and empathise with those less fortunate than themselves.
- Transform attitudes to learning using the 6C's and PLTS to make them more independent and considerate learners.
We recognise that there are students of different abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all by matching the challenge of the task to their ability and to stretch those who excel in R.E to become lead learners, guiding other students in their learning journey. This is achieved by:
- Setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses and outcomes.
- Grouping students by ability within the learning activity and setting different tasks to each ability group, often led by lead learners.
- Providing resources of different complexity according to the ability of the student.
- Using classroom assistants effectively to support the work of individual students.
- Effective intervention tracking, where students who fall below target can be encouraged and strategies used to enable progression, whilst also celebrating success.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils extend their knowledge of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam and are introduced to Buddhism and Sikhism in a local and global context they deepen their understanding of important beliefs, concepts and issues of truth and authority in religion. They apply their understanding of religious and philosophical beliefs, teachings and practices to a range of ultimate questions and ethical issues, with a focus on self-awareness, relationships, rights and responsibilities. They enquire into and explain some personal, philosophical, theological and cultural reasons for similarities and differences in religious beliefs and values, both within and between religions. They interpret religious texts and other sources, recognising both the power and limitations of language and other forms of communication in expressing ideas and beliefs. They reflect on the impact of religion and beliefs in the world, considering both the importance of interfaith dialogue and the tensions that exist within and between religions and beliefs. They develop their evaluative skills, showing reasoned responses to spiritual issues.
Key Stage 4
We study WJEC Specification B which is both current and engaging. A varied and interactive style of learning and teaching is enjoyed by our KS4 students who all complete a full course GCSE qualification. Many of our students go on to study course in Theology, Philosophy and Ethics. In line with Government changes the course is linear with no controlled assessment.
Students are introduced to the exam skills required and taught how to interpret religious quotes. This is explored through deep study of one or two of the GCSE units Relationships and Our World.
Students make progress and develop skills studying the units Our World, Looking for Meaning and Is It Fair?
Students study the topics Religion and Medicine, Religion and State, Religion and Authority and Religious Expression. They are also individually prepared for the exam through a variety of intervention strategies.
Extra-curricular activities are an important part of the learning experience and as such:
- We recognise a variety of festivals on the religious calendar for example students are invited during some lunchtimes to decorate pancakes or meditate. We encourage our students to reflect on the needs of others. For example we take part in secret Santa for the elderly, where students join with staff to make Christmas hampers. Some of our students also joined Meols Cop staff in race for life.
- We invite in members of local faith communities.
- The school network partnership leads a Christian lunch time session, creating a space to reflect on religious issues, whether or not they hold any religious beliefs.
We develop links with KGV'S philosophy department encouraging students to 'Think Big' and study R.E at a higher level.
We are committed to running a Genius Bar, where students can receive one to one support, and collect incentives towards a reward in our own R.E café - Angels wings in the WOW room.
Revision help and intervention is available throughout the year to ensure our students reach their potential.