Taking part in RME our young people engage in the search for meaning, value and purpose in life.
We explore the values and beliefs of ourselves, our families and friends, and our Scottish community.
Investigating the history of Christianity in Scotland, the wider world religions, and the diverse range of beliefs in today’s world, teaches our young people tolerance and respect.
Learning how to think and reflect on moral concerns gives them the confidence to form their own beliefs and opinions.
RME, as a core subject, forms an integral part of each pupil’s education, re-enforcing high standards in literacy within the context of exploring religion and morality
RMPS, as a certificate subject gives an academic appreciation of matters of faith, ethics and philosophy.
In senior school, pupils may opt to study RMPS at certificate level and may be entered at Natiional4, 5 or Higher.
Looking toward the future many people have studied Religion or Philosophy as subjects in their own right, but many others have found it leads to successful career in the following:
- Social Work
- Youth Work
- Police Officer
- Charity Work
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative
Our young people are introduced to philanthropy as a humanist as well as religious response to people in need. Pupils are motivated to research into social issues in their local area and choose a charity which attempts to help people affected by said issues. The pupils have to conduct thorough research into the work the charity does, how it impacts on people’s lives and raise awareness among their peers of this work.
Ultimately, the pupils then enter a ‘competition’ where they present their research findings to a select panel of judges, in an attempt to win £3000 for their chosen charity.
Core RME is delivered in accordance with statutory guidelines from S1 to S5
Introduction to symbols and symbolism in both secular and religious terms. Appreciating and contributing to charity work. Exploring how religious teachings are represented by the religious symbols investigating some religious stories. Introduce the concept and nature of belief, ultimate questions exploring myth and truth
In depth investigation into one or more of the major world religions as chosen by the pupils enhanced by elements of experiential learning. Brief overview of Scotland’s religious diversity. Brief introduction to Humanism.
Comprehensive history of the Christian church in Scotland Developing knowledge and understanding of the history of religion in Scotland and the role of Christianity in shaping our society
Group research into the Ways of Worship from their chosen religion containing close examination of how and where a person of faith expresses their belief in ritual and in action
Taking a view of life as being on a journey, looking back at our lives so far, projecting to the future, anticipating life’s events.
Understand the importance of the celebrations surrounding the birth of a child, both for the child and for the community. Appreciation of religious duties and needs of welcoming a new member to the family. Exploration of marriage in religious and non-religious traditions Understanding the emotions experienced at bereavement in a safe environment. Finding out about different types of funerals – burials and cremations both religious and secular. Exploring beliefs about life after death.
Examine the nature of our sense of personal belonging in the world and identifying for ourselves beliefs and values we hold dear. Gaining appreciation of the motivations of people around us. And the impact of belief on a person of faith
Examination of how certain groups in society are discriminated against including sectarian discrimination, gender discrimination and racism.
Some scope for looking at the Holocaust
Introduction to morality, moral actions and moral theory. Application of stances to own lives and discussion on how we respond when morally challenged. Employ techniques emerging from the philosophy for children agenda exploring notions of identity and community.
In depth exploration of a range of moral issues in the current spotlight – Abortion, Animal Welfare, Assisted Suicide, the Death Penalty, War.
Develop own and understanding others’ beliefs whilst learning about the nature of belief and its implications for everyday life. Examine established views about the existence of God
Explore challenges to the existence of God and religious and secular responses to ‘ultimate questions’
Develop sense of responsibility through youth philanthropy initiative. Developing awareness of local social concerns Developing research and presentation skills research, visit and interview a chosen charity and present findings in order to ‘pitch’ for winning prize £3000