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Religious Education is a popular and academic discipline within the school. Following the guidelines laid down by the Islington Agreed Syllabus we have a multi-faith, concept driven approach and look at the belief systems of the six main world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism) in addition to atheist responses to philosophical questions.
Pupils learn the basic beliefs of the 6 major world religions focusing on religious founders, holy books and expressions of faith in addition to addressing their own beliefs.
Pupils learn how different religious beliefs impact people across the world. Topics such as women and religion, the afterlife, family life and world problems are addressed.
Key Stage 4:
All pupils in the school participate in the full course Religious Education GCSE. At GCSE all pupils study AQA Religious Studies Specification B; Philosophy and Ultimate Questions and Religion and Morality. Pupils are assessed by sitting two exams at the end of Year 10. There is no coursework and there are no tiers for the RE GCSE. The six main world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism) are addressed within this course, providing our pupils with all round knowledge on the impacts of religion in the world.
The course concentrates on religious and moral teachings regarding wider social issues. Topics studied at GCSE include arguments for and against the existence of God, evil and suffering, medical ethics, crime and punishment, drug abuse, death and the elderly.
Learning About Religions
A central task of RE is to enable pupils to learn about Christianity and other major world religions. Pupils will develop an understanding of:
• answers that religions offer to fundamental questions about life and existence;
• how religion gives meaning, purpose and fulfilment to many people’s lives;
• profound similarities and equally profound differences between and within the great world faiths;
• the influence of religion, both historical and contemporary, on individuals, societies and cultures;
• the religious and cultural diversity of contemporary British society,
and how such diversity enriches our national life.
Learning From Experience and Religion
As well as enabling pupils to make informed and thoughtful personal responses, learning from experience and religion also enables them to engage with, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate the views of others, including religious believers. Through this critical thinking, pupils will learn to recognise that people see things in different ways, and respect the right of others to hold views that are different from their own.
Study at home
The EGA RE department encourages pupils to extend their learning outside the classroom. All students are issued with a textbook for the Philosophy GCSE. There are also many valuable resources on the school network that pupils can access.
Some useful websites are listed below.
Terms & holidays
EGA has recently raised money for Red Nose Day and a defibrillator for another London school. Non Uniform Day raised £826.12 and sponsored skipping and bench ball raised £417.05. The non-uniform day money has been split between Comic Relief and the purchase of a new defibrillator...