Religious Education

The RE course develops pupils’ understanding of Christianity and other principal religions and other world views that offer answers to challenging questions.  It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.  It enhances students’ awareness and understanding of religions, beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression.  Essential to good learning is open-mindedness, self-awareness, respect for all and appreciation and wonder.

KS3

The course is delivered on 6 RE days per year.  On these days the curriculum is collapsed and an enquiry question sets the theme of the day. These days have included trips to different religious institutions such as the Mosque, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Synagogue, St Andrews church as well as a trips to the Barbican Theatre. The students have the opportunity to consider subjects, such as, creation, charity, good and evil, the environment and much more.   The students have the opportunity to express their ideas and beliefs through art, drama, music as well as writing.

Each year one of the RE days is dedicated to entering the Spirited Arts Competition, a national competition which normally selects up to 30 winning entries per year out of as many a 30,000 entries. Both KS3 and KS4 take part in this.  Since taking part in the competition, Brook Green has had three students successfully chosen as winning entries. 

KS4

The course is delivered over 6 RE days per year.  On these days the curriculum is collapsed in order to facilitate a thematic approach with an enquiry question provoking thought and discussion. In KS4, students build up their reflective skills and are encouraged to form opinions and to be able present their summations to their year groups. For example, an RE day which enquired, ‘How can I stand up for my beliefs?’ started the day with looking at people such as Malala Yousafzai and Socrates and responding to situational ethics. From these lessons they considered what they felt passionate about then, researched the issue and presented their ideas, as individuals or as groups, to years 10 and 11.