Religious Education at Oldfields Hall Middle School, aims to deliver a broad programme of learning which allows children to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, but religious traditions, beliefs and practices from all major world faiths. Children are encouraged to use this understanding to help inform their responses to fundamental questions about human existence, for example, we consider such issues as the meaning of life and the existence of God. Children are encouraged to reflect upon what it means to have a faith and consider their own beliefs.
The aims of R.E at Oldfields are to help children to:
- Develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life’s experiences.
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world faiths.
- Develop an understanding of and reflect upon what it means to belong.
- Reflect upon their own experience and encourage children to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life.
- Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural diversity of Britain today.
- Develop investigative and research skills to enable them to make informed judgements.
- Develop discussion skills and give opportunities to talk about emotions and choices.
- Have respect and tolerance for other people’s views.
- Celebrate the cultural diversity of society.
Year 5 Course Summary
Year 5 – Key Theme: Commitment
- English and R.E. transition unit based upon the question “Who Am I?”
- Joining Ceremonies
- Origins of sacred writings and their teachings
- How does commitment affect your life?
Year 6 Course Summary
- Dealing with difficult times
- The early church
Year 7 Course Summary
Year 7 – Key Theme: Diversity
- Celebration and commemoration
- The environment
- Tolerance and harmony
Year 8 Course Summary
Year 8 – Key Theme: Challenge
- Why people belong
- The importance of shared activities
- Interpreting sacred writings
- The nature and existence of God
- Making moral choices
- The challenge of carrying on a religious tradition