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Religious Education / Ethics

At Westacre Middle School we aim to provide pupils with a well-rounded understanding of the World around them. Pupils learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.


Why learn Religious Education/Ethics?
Religious Education contributes dynamically to children’s’ education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
This also links to our 6Rs approach which helps pupils to be responsible, resilient, ready, reflective, reasoned and resourceful learners. 

 

What facilities can we offer pupils?

Everybody's life is a unique and special journey. As we travel along our own path - day after day, month after month - we become the sum total of everything that we do, everything that we say and everything that we think. With this in mind, at Westacre we strive to give our pupils opportunities to learn about and experience different religions.


Over their time at Westacre, pupils will visit 3 different religious buildings. In year 5 the children the children learn about Sikhism and visit a local gurdwara. Pupils in year 6 spend a day visiting our local Christian and Catholic churches in Droitwich and learn about religion in our local community. Finally in their final year at Westacre, year 7 pupils visit a mosque where they look at religion in action and what it means to be a Muslim in Britain. 


Additionally, we regularly have visitors from various faiths to talk to the children in assemblies about their beliefs and their faith. 

 


 

Curriculum Overview

On Thursday 25th October, our year 7s had the opportunity to be involved in our faith day in school. As part of this, pupils had the chance to practise calligraphy and design geometric patterns that are a key part of Islamic artwork. Alongside this, pupils visited Birmingham Central Mosque, giving them a chance to ask questions based around our upcoming topic in Ethics, 'What are the advantages/ disadvantages of being a teenage Muslim living in the UK today'. The maturity of the questions asked and the exemplary behaviour on show made all staff exceptionally proud of the year group.
 In RE we aim to develop pupils knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. Through lessons, pupils are challenged with provoking questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs and God, the self nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

Year 6 Faith Day - Tuesday 16th October

Today, all of Year 6 spent the day working on Christianity-based activities including an information text on churches and a mathematical design for a stained glass window. The highlight of the day for every class was to visit Droitwich Methodist Church and Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria. The focus of our visit was to compare and contrast the two places of worship and consider the reasons behind the similarities and differences. We all found the visit extremely interesting and we have some invaluable memories and knowledge to bring to our upcoming RE topic on religious buildings. Our experience today will really bring our topic to life!

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