In PSRHE we teach a spiral curriculum which is centred around the belief that everyone has beliefs and should be given the opportunity to develop and discuss these. We give students the freedom to explore religious concepts and develop their curiosity and independence. We encourage big questions and seek to promote a connection to something that is bigger than themselves. We seek to develop openness in students and awareness to differences, empathy for others and students’ own awareness of their place within the wider group and community. We relate what students learn in the classroom to real life situations, highlighting PSRHE as a tool for justice and compassion.
Our interwoven curriculum allows students of all backgrounds and abilities to flourish by developing areas of interest, building on areas of strength and improving areas of weakness. Our curriculum is reflective, enabling students to challenge their own worldview as well as expressing it. We believe that it is important that this area of reflection and challenge is encouraged, not stifled.
We aim to empower students to become leaders, sharing their own unique ideas and love of PSRHE. Students regularly show compassion to other students by helping and supporting each other when in lessons, when revising, or completing independent learning. They have respect for each other when sharing beliefs and are very accepting, and respectful of freedom of beliefs leading each students to become inspired and empowered.
Personal, Social, Religious and Health Education
Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human culture.
It informs our understanding of history, politics, sciences, the arts, as well as day to day ethical concerns and promotes development of a sense of social responsibility. In Religious Studies we explore human ideas about truth, knowledge of the divine and how religious ideas are expressed through texts, belief systems and practises. PSRHE also allows students to reflect on the impact that religious belief has on morality and ethics, whilst also deliberating on life's BIG questions. Students are encouraged to learn from and about religious and non- religious beliefs and share their own views and opinions
Within PSRHE lessons we also cover Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship. Through the PSHEE and Citizenship programme students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to manage their lives. PSHEE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals and so become responsible members of society. Citizenship education develops the knowledge, understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Pupils learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy.
At KS3 we follow the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus and study a range of topics from the afterlife to religious buildings. Our study of these topics is aimed at answering big questions. For example, we study religious buildings with the focus on answering the question ‘Should religious buildings be sold to feed the starving?’. In PSHEE we follow the Department for Education guidelines and in Citizenship National Curriculum guidelines.
In KS4 students may opt to study the Eduqas GCSE specification. Students taking GCSE RS and will study the beliefs and teachings of Christianity and Islam as well as four ethical themes, allowing students to question and debate. PSHEE and Citizenship topics are covered in regular drop-down days and include First Aid training, budgeting and sexual health.