Religious & Moral Education Department
For many pupils Religious & Moral Education in Secondary school is the first occasion in which they encounter issues to which there exists no single, simple solution. This, of course, is what life is like! RME at Lossiemouth High School aims to challenge preconceptions and received ideas; it aims to sharpen up and develop thinking skills as a means of acquiring a maturity of outlook which is able to accept the complexities and challenges of living in twenty-first century Scotland.
S1 & S2 Curriculum
“Who was Jesus” is a question not unknown to the world of religion. It also provides the starting point for investigation in RME in S1. In other words pupils discover at the outset that in the RME class the questions are frequently ones which encourage serious thought and a wide variety of responses. In S1 RME pupils have the opportunity to study all aspects of Christianity and attempt to study its relevance and meaning for life in modern Scotland. In S2 the time in Religious & Moral Education is spent on finding out about the key figures and teachings of the world’s great religions. Pupils will focus on topics such as Buddhism and Judaism with a brief examination of the Holocaust through a study of the life of Anne Frank.
Throughout the course of study in S1 and S2 RME pupils are continually encouraged and challenged to think for themselves, offer opinions and even consider the philosophical elements of religion! Homework takes the form of Written, Action and Thinking tasks on regular basis throughout the year.
Throughout the S3 RME course learners will be able to develop the four capacities. The Moral Issues course will do this by developing knowledge, understanding and skills; developing understanding of human beliefs, values and behaviour; and examining how religion, morality and even philosophy can help people find meaning and purpose in life. The Moral Issues course allows learners to develop values and beliefs and learn to express these. This will allow pupils to make informed moral decisions. It will encourage learners to develop an understanding and respect for different beliefs, values and viewpoints, and to put these values or beliefs into action in ways which benefit local, national and global communities.
The Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) course provides opportunities for learners to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. These include literacy, personal learning and thinking skills. A key aim of the YPI initiative is to provide secondary school students with a real life experience which gives them skills to assess the needs of their community and direct grants to community-based charities making a local impact upon those needs. YPI empowers young people to genuinely participate in the development of their own community, engaging them as dedicated problem solvers. YPI promotes a sense of responsibility, respect, and lasting commitment to growing understanding & compassionate communities.
Units in S3:
Moral Issues Project: Looking at a variety of contemporary moral issues; group project and presentation on a selected topic. Introductory topic - Equality & Human Rights: Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott; Martin Luther King Jnr. and the struggle for freedom; Nelson Mandela and the fight for equality in South Africa; human rights in the modern world.
YPI: Throughout this course pupils are given a hands-on experience of philanthropy that provides them with the skills and awareness to make a positive difference in their community.
In S4 pupils will have the opportunity to undertake a National4/5 unit “Religion & Justice”. The focus of the unit is on understanding and presenting clear arguments about moral issues. In this course pupils will be required to understand and communicate the relationship between religious beliefs and moral viewpoints as well as the similarities and differences between religious and non-religious moral thinking. This will require learners to develop an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the complexities involved in moral issues.
The N4/N5 RME Morality & Belief course comprises of one of the units – Religion & Justice. The unit is assessed on a pass/fail basis and learners must pass all required Learning Outcomes in order to gain a National 4/5 unit award. It will be assessed in school and verified by the SQA. In this unit, learners will develop skills to describe and express views about contemporary moral questions and viewpoints. Pupils will develop a knowledge and understanding of contemporary moral questions and religious and non-religious responses. Pupils will also have opportunities to reflect on these and on their own experience and views. This will be achieved through successful study of the Religion & Justice unit.
S5 and S6 Curriculum
Pupils in S5 and S6 have the opportunity to follow a full Higher RMPS course where demand and choice of course allow. Enthusiasm, hard work and an open mind are certainly pre-requisites of undertaking Higher RMPS. The Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Course enables learners to investigate, critically analyse and evaluate religious, moral and philosophical questions and responses, and to develop the ability to express detailed, reasoned and well-structured views. Higher Religious Studies follows SQA specifications and is outlined in full on the SQA website.
- Pupils are encouraged at every step throughout their learning experience to extend their knowledge and understanding of topics out with the classroom.
- The majority of RME homework tasks are Action & Thinking Tasks. Pupils are encouraged to discuss and debate topical issues with parents, family and friends.
- All pupils are regularly encouraged to watch television programmes/visit websites etc. to further broaden their appreciation of the topics being studied in their RME class.
- Homework tasks also include preparation for assessment and specific activities being undertaken in upcoming lessons.
- Throughout the BGE pupils can also expect to be given a minimum of one specified Written Task to be completed outside of class time. This will apply to each unit/topic of work throughout S1, S2 & S3.
- In S4 pupils will be given regular homework tasks throughout their National 4/5 RMPS units; preparation for assessment will also constitute an important part of RME homework in the Senior Phase.
- Homework must be completed by the date/time given in class unless there are compelling/valid reasons for non-completion.