RE, Philosophy and Ethics
Our college aims to ‘strive for excellence’ and in RE we take this seriously, ensuring that all students have access to high-quality RE lessons. Here they learn about a range of religious and non-religious world views, explore a variety of important questions and issues and, in turn, begin to consider their own thoughts and ideas about the world they are growing into. Our students love the way RE opens up lines of enquiry and enables them to have deep discussions with their peers and families.
The main objective of our department is to provide varied and enriching lessons that effectively prepare our pupils for life in a culturally diverse modern world. Our department aims to promote an awareness of the usefulness of RE to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities.
Throughout key stage 3, students should extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and beliefs, recognising their local, national and global context. Building on their prior learning, they learn to appreciate religions and beliefs in systematic ways. They should draw on a wide range of subject-specific language confidently and flexibly, learning to use the concepts of religious study to describe the nature of religion. They should understand how beliefs influence the values and lives of individuals and groups, and how religions and beliefs have an impact They should be able to appraise the practices and beliefs they study with increasing discernment based on analysis, interpretation and evaluation, developing their capacity to articulate well-reasoned positions.
At Bodmin College, RE helps develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and beliefs.
Students gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
The curriculum has recently reviewed and rewritten to follow the NEW Cornwall Agreed syllabus 2021 – 2025.
Year 7: Rites of Passage, Religious Festivals, Holy Books
Year 8: Biblical Figures, Parables, Buddhist teachings and the Christian church.