Religious Education

RE Head

Miss Gage is the Religious Education Curriculum Leader at Southlands High School. Since three quarters of the world say that they follow a religion, she believes that religion plays a significant part in many people’s lives. Religious Education at Southlands allows students to explore the world religions and compare them- as they are not all the same. It makes people more tolerant and allows them to express their own opinions and beliefs and share them with other people. Simply watching the news allows people to understand how important it is to understand other religions.

‘Religious education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. It also plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society.’
(Ofsted)

Year 7

In keeping with the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE, we aim to cater for students of all faiths and none.  Students develop both their own understanding of moral and ethical issues, whilst gaining a thorough grounding in the beliefs of those with religious faith. Students are asked to reflect on some big questions in life, such as ‘Who is God?’, ‘How did the world begin?’ and ‘What’s important in life?’ 

When questioning how we can treat people fairly, students go on to look at how some key Christian figures such as Martin Luther King fought against injustice.

We endeavour to give students the skills to articulate their own beliefs, but also consider why others live as they do. Students investigate what is important in the Hindu community, focusing on Hindu worship and festivals and investigate the key principles of both the Christian and the Islamic faith.

The curriculum allows students to explore a range of topics and develop their own understanding of topical moral issues such as ‘The Environment’. Students explore different theories about how the world was created and our responsibility to the world.

With an ever changing religious climate, students are asked to consider the challenges faced by some religious people living in the UK today. We feel it is important that students receive a broad and balanced RE curriculum.  

Year 8

In Religious Education we address some of the most important, yet controversial questions in life. For example, ‘why am I here?’ and ‘what happens when I die?’ Religious Education allows you to explore the world religions and allows us to compare them- as they are not all the same. I feel Religious Education makes people more tolerant. It allows you to express your own opinions and beliefs and share them with other people. You only need to watch the news to understand how important it is to understand other people’s religion.

‘Religious education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. It also plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society.’ (Ofsted)