Aims of religious studies
Trinity Academy Halifax is a Church of England academy. The scheme for learning in RS has been informed by the 2017 Leeds & York Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education, GCSE Edexcel Religious Studies B and the Understanding Christianity resources.
This principle aim incorporates the following aims of Religious Education in Church schools:
- To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and non-religious worldviews, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
- To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
Appropriate to their age at the end of their education in Church schools, the expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and as a minimum pupils are able to:
- Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
- Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and non-religious worldviews in their search for God and meaning.
- Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none.
- Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.
All students in years 7-11 study a core RE programme. The programme comprises the teachings of a variety of religions and links to wider topics which broaden students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
For further information about our RE curriculum, please visit the RE subject page.
Wider Academy Life
The academy values of Empathy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility play an integral part in the curriculum for life programme and all students and staff take part in a daily 2 minute silent reflection, aimed to provide space and time for thinking and reflecting on a world event.
These values are underpinned by annual whole school events such as the whole school act of remembrance, the Christmas Minster visit and Easter service. These events also reflect the academy’s religious ethos.