Faculty of Social Subjects & RME
Social studies experiences and outcomes allow our pupils to learn in historical and geographical, social and political contexts.
It is important for children and young people to understand the place where they live and the heritage of their family and community. Through social studies, young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances, and how their environment has been shaped. They learn about human achievements and to make sense of changes in society, conflicts and environmental issues. With greater understanding comes the opportunity to influence events by exercising informed and responsible citizenship.
Learning through social studies enables young people to:
- broaden their understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present, political, social and environmental issues, and the values underpinning their own society and other societies
- develop the capacity for critical thinking, through accessing, analysing and using information
- form their own beliefs and view of the world and develop their understanding of different values, beliefs and cultures
- establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, for further specialised study and careers.
Religious and Moral Education
Religous and moral education explores every human being’s need to find meaning, value and purpose in life. Religious and moral education includes learning about Christianity and other world religions, and supports the development of beliefs and values. It also includes aspects of philosophical enquiry which encourages our young people to:
- develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions and recognise religion as an important expression of human experience
- explore moral values such as wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity
- investigate and understand the responses which religions can offer to questions about the nature and meaning of life
- develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act when making moral decisions
- develop their beliefs, attitudes, moral values and practices through personal search, discovery and critical evaluation, and make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action.