Religious Education

In The High School Ballynahinch RE department, along with other agencies such as the home and the church, we are concerned with the spiritual and moral development of young people.  We believe that it is very important to have a clear vision for the subject and those young lives temporarily entrusted to our care.

RE should be a challenging study as religious beliefs and values have a cutting edge in relation to the basic attitudes and norms which society accepts as part of everyday life.  In this respect Cultural Heritage and Education for Mutual Understanding are important elements in the study of RE. 

Religious ideas and values are important to our pupils.  They have to face moral issues in everyday life and by studying RE they can be encouraged to reflect on religious responses to these moral issues and to examine the values raised by religious teaching.  In our society this sharpening and refining of beliefs and values is in a Christian context and based on the Bible, though this need not be exclusively so.

RE plays an important role in helping prepare young people for a wide range of careers and helping them to grow into sympathetic, understanding adults through the study of important religious, moral and ethical issues and assisting them to become involved as responsible citizens in society.  Under guidance, our pupils are allowed to weigh up the various arguments involved in an issue with an open mind in order to reach reasonable conclusions.

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Programme of Study

Students study Religious Education for two periods each week in years 8 – 10. They follow the core syllabus for Religious Education in Northern Ireland and some of the units that students study include:

- The Christian Church

- Jesus and the Early Church

- Issues of Morality

- The Bible

- People who have put their faith into action

- World Religions

The work that students undertake in years 8 – 10 provides a good foundation for further study at GCSE level.

Workbooks, videos and other materials are available to support the teaching of these units.  Teachers are also encouraged to draw on their own and the pupils’ experience to develop these topics, especially the unit on the church today.  Much of this material lends itself to discussion, visits and visitors, all of which are encouraged.  The section on the modern church is also a good place to introduce project work.

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Key Stage 4
Religious Education and Religious Studies GCSE

All students study RE at Key Stage 4 level. Those who choose to study full course Religious Studies complete two units: The Gospel of Mark, and an Introduction to Christian Ethics.

The study of Religion is open to all pupils and success is in no sense dependent upon a pupil's religious background or beliefs. This course allows pupils to study ethical issues such as abortion and euthanasia.

Assessment for the full course is through two written examinations, while the assessment of the short course is made through one written examination.

Textbooks, pupil workbooks and video material as well as internet resources are available to support the teaching of religious studies throughout Key Stage 4.

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