Religious Education is central to everything we do at All Hallows, since it is the subject where the students are taught the origins and the importance of Gospel values, which underpin the ethos of our school community.
Religious Education at All Hallows enables students to encounter a variety of world religions, as well as moral and social issues. Through our subject, we hope to develop our students into reflective global citizens, who understand their role within society, and understand how faith and belief shape their lives and the lives of religious believers around the world.
The nature of RE means that students are given many opportunities for discussion and debate, and students often express their beliefs and opinions and question difficult concepts. This prepares the students with an ability to make evaluative assertions, a key skill required for GCSE assessments.
Religious Education curriculum
Throughout KS3, students explore the origins of Christianity to understand structure of the Bible, the stories of figures of religious significance and the origins and meaning behind religious practices such as the Mass, sacraments and the church as it exists in the present day. Moreover, our students are given the opportunity to encounter a variety of world religions including Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. During these modules we will develop an understanding of the beliefs and practices of each tradition.
In Year 8, students are taught Citizenship within RE. In these lessons students examine issues such as “being responsible global citizens”, “how does the law impact the lives of young people?” and “what are human rights?” This enables our students to understand what it means to be a British citizen, and contextualises core British values.
In Year 9 students are encouraged to reflect upon how religion and morality interact with important societal issues including “love & relationships” and “crime & punishment”, while exploring Christian and secular approaches to morality.
Religious Education provides the students with an opportunity to practice important skills that are required at GCSE including extended writing, interpreting texts, constructing logical chains of reasoning and using evidence to support arguments.
Extra-curricular opportunities within Religious Education
Key Stage 3 students will explore morality and human rights and their own responses to faith on their “away days”, when students will visit Saint Lucy’s Convent in Alton or Saint John’s Seminary with their form groups and form tutors. This is an excellent chance to have discussions with one another and form close bonds with their peers, and participate in liturgies.
We also run trips for the students to the Wintershall nativity around Christmas time, where the students explore the story of Jesus’ birth and the origins of advent in an interactive way.
In the near future, we hope to allow students the opportunity to visit various places of worship to enable them to experience a wide variety of religious traditions.