RE makes a distinctive contribution to the curriculum at Ashley High School. Through weekly RE lessons students learn about the beliefs, practices and traditions of all six main world religions represented in our multi-faith society. They study Christianity and also Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. All religious and non-religious beliefs are respected.
Each new R.E. topic begins with a 'Big Question' (e.g. How did the world begin? How do different people connect with God? Why are some people poor? What rights do people have?) Students are given opportunities to respond to and ask important questions related to spiritual development and the meaning and purpose of life. We recognise the right of all students to express their own opinions and the responsibility to respect the views and beliefs of others. Religious Education actively promotes the values of truth, justice, tolerance, respect for all and care of the environment.
The R.E. curriculum is designed to be engaging and offers many opportunities to develop a range of skills including ICT, speaking and listening, thinking skills, empathy and flexibility of thought.
A collective act of worship and reflection is held each day in each class during morning Literacy and registration time. Whole school celebration assembly takes place each Friday morning.
R.E. offers many cross-curricular opportunities and includes strong links with our Global Learning, Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Unicef Rights Respecting School Award programmes.