The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) department at Lawn Manor Academy is a vibrant and active learning community. We believe RPE provides engaging, and developmental teaching and learning opportunities in which each pupil is encouraged to challenge and explore their individual knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of activities which support the pupil voice. Pupils also develop their literacy skills by articulating their thoughts and points of view in both spoken and written formats. They learn to be empathetic and understand that people have different points of view and beliefs to theirs.
- To enable pupils to have a clear understanding of the key beliefs held by a range of people in society.
- To equip everyone with the ability to explore a range of beliefs and apply them to their own lives.
- To promote the spiritual and moral growth of pupils through discussions and debate by developing their own awareness of themselves and those around them.
- To encourage pupils to explore the key concepts within World Faiths.
- To examine how they feel about the beliefs and ideas they are exploring.
The RPE department is very well resourced, with excellent ICT access (including iPads), textbooks and innovative teaching resources for all.
At Key Stage 3, RPE lessons at Lawn Manor Academy planned in accordance with the Swindon Agreed Syllabus for Religious Studies. The team works hard to ensure lessons are engaging, challenging current and relevant to our pupils. We aim to promote curious and inspired minds. As part of being an independent learner, pupils are encouraged to read around the topics being studied. Homework activities support knowledge building and understanding.
Assessment questions focus on recall, understanding key vocabulary and persuasive writing linked to religious teachings.
Our topics include:
- Religious festivals
- Introduction to Christianity
- Examining world religions, beliefs and philosophy
- Exploring Sikhism
- Religious buildings
Our topics include:
- Introduction to Islam
- Religion, freedom and citizenship
- Exploring Judaism
- Religion and conflict
- Questioning philosophy
- Religion and the afterlife
Our topics include:
- Prejudice and discrimination
- Introduction to eastern faiths
- Religion and Ethics
- Thinking deeper about Religion and Philosophy
At GCSE, the RPE department follows AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies specification A. The topics studied include religious practices and beliefs. The course also investigates a variety of themes, such as human rights and social justice. Students are assessed formally at the end of the course in the form of two written exams.
Pupils are equipped with a variety of skills that will help them once they leave Lawn Manor. These include self-motivation and a desire to achieve. Teamwork and communication skills are developed through research and creativity and problem solving.
A range of careers are linked to studying GCSE RS, including teaching and research, PR and the media, financial and legal firms, social services and counselling.
Over the coming 2 weeks’ staff from across the school will be presenting to Year 10 and 11 pupils on important issues from around the globe in order to give you an appreciation of other peoples points of views and cultures.
The links below will take you directly to each of the live events. Each live presentation will begin promptly at the start time detailed below and last for approximately an hour.
You have the opportunity to ask questions in the chat, however, these may not be responded to straight away but there should be time at the end for the presenter to answers as many questions from the chat as possible. If we run out of time, then we can schedule a follow up session to go through the questions and answers or put some resources together for an I LEARN session.
These presentations will replace your normal lessons that take place at these time so no lesson invites will be sent for these times – you will need to click the links below or the links in the calendar invites that Mr Koza sends out.