Religious Education

At Llanfyllin High School we teach Religious Education to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all our students.  RE is taught from a non-biased point of view that enables all students to engage in learning on either an active participatory level or from a non-religious or philosophical level.  RE teachers' respect and value the contribution of both religious and non-religious (atheist, non-theist) points of view made by students in lessons.  All RE lessons are planned by the RE Coordinator and are taught and delivered by the RE teacher team who encourage an environment where our students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, views and experiences.

Staffing

The Religious Education Department presently consists of one full time specialist and experienced Head of Department and two other part time non-specialist, experienced and enthusiastic teachers.

Facilities

We have one room and the use of other rooms within the humanities block.  All rooms are equipped with data projectors and all teachers are supplied with tablets.  The team make use of news, video and documentary clips which keeps the curriculum updated with current information on topics studied.

Key Stage 3

All learners have the opportunity to develop, practise and apply all aspects of the three interrelated core skills in the subject which are:

Skill 1: Engaging with fundamental questions.
Skill 2: Exploring religious belief, teaching and practices.
Skill 3: Expressing personal responses.

Year 7 - Year 7 is taught in mixed ability classes.  The curriculum includes:

Introduction - pupils explore the six world religions and begin to address questions about the existence of God from religious and non-religious perspectives.
Authority - the effect on people's lives (the importance of books/sacred text, laws, The Torah, the Ten Commandments, Kosher food laws and the laws of Shabbat and their impact on lives today).
Stewardship - This unit covers the concept of stewardship from religious and non-religious perspectives and pupils investigate individuals and organisations who work to protect the environment.

Year 8 - Year 8 are taught in banded groups.  The curriculum covers the following topics which all begin with inspirational leaders:

Islam - Part 1.  Beginnings. Sacred Text, place of worship and the impact of these on the lives of believers. Part 2. The 5 Pillars of faith with a more detailed study of Hajj.
Buddhism - Beginnings- The life of Siddhartha Gautama, main teachings of Buddhism.  The impact of teachings on the lives of believers.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr - A study of his life and the effect of his beliefs on his actions.

Year 9 - Year 9 are taught in banded groups.  The curriculum covers the following topics:
Religion and Science - Is there conflict?
Evil and Suffering - What are the origins of evil? Why do people suffer? Investigation into the work of individuals and organisations who respond to suffering.
Questions which arise from the events of the Holocaust.

Key Stage 4

All pupils follow the WJEC Religious Studies Short Course Qualification.
The Specification B course which we follow covers the following topics: Religion and Conflict, Religion and Medicine, Religious Expression and Authority, Religion and the State.
Our results at GCSE are consistently above local and national averages.

Key Stage 5

There is no provision for RE at this level.

Welsh Medium

RE is taught in both English and Welsh throughout the school to GCSE level.  Resources are excellent throughout and the Welsh groups study exactly the same units of work as English medium groups.

Performance

Examination results in this subject are very pleasing and we consistently achieve grades above the national average.