An 11-16 Academy
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
(Martin Luther King Junior)
Students study Philosophy, Religion & Ethics (PRE) during the whole time they are at Stradbroke. It is an exciting and relevant subject that covers many issues and debates in the news. It raises awareness of different races and religions and it teaches our students to think more critically. It gives them the ability to argue their own point of view as well as to appreciate and respect different opinions. To achieve a high level and grade in this subject, students must be able to express their own ideas with good reasons, backing up what they think with examples or evidence.
Our schemes of work are written in line with the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, and provide an interesting and challenging course of study.
In Year 7 the students follow an introduction to the subject with a scheme called ‘Being Human’ which takes a look at what makes humans different to other animals, beliefs about how the world originated and whether humans have a soul.
They will also study Christian beliefs focusing on the parables and miracles of Jesus. They will do this by studying art about Jesus from around the world and they will create their own art work that portrays some of the beliefs they have learnt.
In the third term they will look at the issues of Equality and Racism focusing on three religious people and how they have campaigned for equality: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Gandhi.
Year 8 will also focus on the Environment and how different religious believers view the environment.
Year 9 is a preparation for the GCSE and all topics will lay a solid foundation for the following two years. They will study Peace and Conflict, focusing on Islam and how Islam is portrayed in the Media. They will cover ideas such as whether it is ever right to go to war or use nuclear weapons. They will also study some aspects of extremism and radicalisation.
They will then study a philosophical unit looking at arguments for and against God’s existence, the continuing debate between religion and science and the problem of suffering.
The third topic covers ethical issues relating to the right to life and includes the issues of abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering and capital punishment.
Key Stage 4
All pupils continue to study Religious Studies in Years 10 and 11. There are currently two option groups that study GCSE RE which is covered in 3 hundred minute lessons per fortnight. RE topics are also covered in Year 10 and 11 for those who don't opt to do the GCSE.
Religious Studies GCSE
The Religious Studies GCSE is an interesting and relevant Edexcel Course based around the study of ethical issues facing individuals and society today. This is an option subject and takes two years with two final exams in May of Year 11. The first course has four units and builds on knowledge gained in Year 9. It is called Religion and Life. The students study a philosophical unit on ‘Belief in God’, an ethical unit on ‘Life and Death’, a unit dealing with ‘Marriage and Relationships’ and one called ‘Community Cohesion’ that looks at racism. This course focuses on Christian ethics.
The second course also has four units and is called Religion and Society. The first unit deals with rights and responsibilities such as human rights and genetic engineering. The second topic looks at medical and environmental issues. The other two units focus on peace and conflict and crime and punishment. In this course the focus is on Christian and Muslim ethics.
In the GCSE, half of the marks are awarded to the students for explaining their own opinions and half for displaying knowledge and understanding of the religions and issues studied.
Positive Attitudes and Results
We are very proud of the positive attitude among students to the subject and believe this is because of the interesting and relevant issues that the students can study. They are encouraged to express their own opinions, knowing that often they cannot be wrong,
We also foster close links with our local Primary schools who regularly come up to Stradbroke High School for taster lessons which have included some Philosophy Mornings for pupils in Years 4-6. These have often been run with the help of RE Ambassadors in Years 9 or 10.
We invited our Year 4 children for an activity morning at Stradbroke High school. They were given a variety of lessons from Maths to PE to PRE and Physics. They had a great time and we loved having them. Here are some pictures from their PRE lesson where they were acting out the Parable of the Prodigal Son with help from some of our Year 7's.…Continue
Posted on June 29, 2017 at 9:30
We recently took 15 Year 10 and 18 Year 9 students to the London Central Mosque at Regent's Park. We arrived in London early and so were given a tour of the sites by our very helpful driver. We had lunch in the park and then went to the Mosque.
The building was beautiful with a gold dome roof and inside…Continue
Posted on March 17, 2017 at 12:00
A massive congratulations to last year's 11 students who achieved some excellent results. 80% of the class achieved greater than expected progress and we had 13 A*s, 5 As, 4 B's, 5 C's and 3 D's. A really fantastic result. What is more, four students achieved 100% on both their papers. Congratulations to all of you. We wish you all the very best with your studies in the coming year.
Posted on September 3, 2016 at 17:30
On Monday 11th July we hosted an event with guest speaker Manwar Ali from the organisation Jimas in Ipswich. Manwar works with the Government to combat radicalisation and extremism and he is a well-known speaker who is also a Chaplain at Suffolk New College in Ipswich. We invited some students from Manningtree High…Continue
Posted on July 12, 2016 at 8:30