The Religious Education Department consists of two highly enthusiastic and committed teachers. Mrs Siviter-Coupland (Head of RE) and Mrs Bassan (Assistant Head Teacher.) The Religious Education department comprises of two dedicated teaching rooms all equipped with interactive white boards and projectors.
As a department we are committed to instilling a passion for the subject and allowing our pupils to develop their own views and opinions on both philosophical and controversial issues that affect society, as well as gaining a true understanding of what religion is.
We use a variety of teaching methods that enable pupils to see their true potential and we pride ourselves on building a safe learning environment, where students feel confident to share their ideas in relation to British Values.
Our KS3 curriculum lays the foundations for some of the topics covered at GCSE. We predominantly study Christianity and Islam alongside other religious perspectives. Pupils will study arguments for the existence of God and various religious beliefs about what and who God is. We look at the lives of key people within religion and the effect they have had on the lives of those who believe in them. We study rituals and practices highlighting their need and purpose within the religion. We also focus on more ethical issues such as Human Rights and Social Injustice. The topics are spread over two semesters and pupils are formally assessed four times a year. Throughout the lessons pupils get an opportunity to self-assess and peer assess their work in order to further their understanding and confidence.
Religious Education is a core subject at Dormston and we expect every pupil to sit the GCSE. The exam board we follow is AQA. For the last two years we have entered a whole cohort through and our success rate is very high. GCSE Religious Education starts in Year 9 and is studied through to Year 11. There are two papers. The first paper consists of the Beliefs and Practices of two world religions. Here at Dormston we study Christianity and Islam. The second paper is a thematic study of Philosophy and Ethics. Pupils will study religious attitudes to Sex and Relationships, Human Rights, War and Peace and the Existence and Revelation of God.
Trips and Speakers
As part of the Year 7 and 8 programme we visit places of worship, so that pupils can understand how the architecture and layout of religious building influences the way in which a religious person carries out worship. Their experience of RE is further enhanced by the GSUS Live interactive experience. At Key Stage 4 the pupils understanding of Christian beliefs and values is enhanced through a range of key speakers from faith groups.