RE / SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT PROFILE

The RE department has three full-time members of staff who deliver Religious Studies. Teachers have also been trained to deliver PSHCE which includes work on Relationships Education. Our aim is to ensure students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve their maximum potential whist gaining an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture so students can care and respect one another. We also endeavour to make all students aware of issues that affect their lives and allow them to be well rounded citizens who can contribute to society.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Religious Studies: Year 7, 8 and 9 schemes of work equip students with the fundamental principles of each religion and they are given the opportunity to apply these to modern themes. Common themes are revisited in each year group which link to equality and discrimination, stewardship and dominion, identity, human Rights and social justice and forgiveness and reconciliation, linking each to major world religions.

In Year 10 students begin their GCSE which they will continue until Year 11 when they sit their exam. The new specification focuses on British values and includes an in depth study of the beliefs and practices of two major world faiths. The curriculum focuses on both Christian and Islamic beliefs, practices and teachings. It also covers key themes which include; Relationships and Families, Religion and Life, Religion, Crime and Punishment and The Existence of God and Revelation. We aim to complete most of the foundation work for the GCSE by the end of Year 10 leaving Year 11 to focus on exam revision, skills and techniques. Throughout the curriculum, students are continually assessed to review progress and prepare students for their GCSE exams.

Please see the published year guides for further more specific details on our curriculum and assessment processes.

OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM

At BBEC we are keen that our students have new experiences and gain an understanding of the major religions in Bradford so we organise trips to Bradford Cathedral and Bradford Grand Mosque. Students learn about key beliefs and practices and how each place of worship plays a key part in the Bradford community. We have a variety of visitors who help deliver the RE/PSHCE curriculum, including health professionals who help co-deliver the Relationships Education programme.

PHSE Documents

PSHE Association Programme – PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE Education (Key stages 1–5), Jan 2020

RSE – Secondary School Guide – RSE secondary schools guide for parents

DEPARTMENT STAFF

  • Mrs E Norfolk (Curriculum Leader RE)
  • Mrs L Mellor (Teacher of RE / Assistant Achievement Leader of Year 7)
  • Mrs G Pettifer (Teacher of RE)

CONTACT

Ms E Norfolk Curriculum Leader ean@buttershaw.net