Through the teaching of Religious Studies at Rivington and Blackrod High School, pupils will explore those questions about life and living and what it is to be a human that are asked in all communities and are often addressed in a specific way through the great religious traditions of the world.
In considering those questions of meaning and purpose in life, all children should have the opportunity to clarify their own beliefs and values in life – as is appropriate to their age and background – and begin to understand the importance of personal commitment and responsibility.
Through their study of Religious Studies, children should be encouraged to recognise and understand the ways in which religious beliefs and practices affect the behaviour of individuals and groups and be helped to develop the positive attitude towards those whose ideas and ways of living are different from their own. Thus they will be able to respect the beliefs and practices of others and develop a sensitive attitude to living in a multi-faith society.
There is a strong departmental commitment to a non-denominational, non-dogmatic approach to teaching RS. The department aims to promote an open-minded, enquiring attitude towards the subject, coupled with respect and understanding for the beliefs and opinions of others. In this respect we believe that our enthusiasm, expertise and commitment to the subject are essential.
Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic (PSHCE) education is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities.
PSHE education equips children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. PSHE education also enables children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
Citizenship equips pupils with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation. It helps pupils become informed, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work together to take action in their communities. Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. Citizenship encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. Pupils learn how society has changed and how it continues to change in the UK, Europe and the wider world.