Welcome to Religious and Moral Education
At Gracemount, Religious and Moral education (RME) is compulsory up to the end of S4 after which it can be studied at certificate level. RME helps pupils engage with the resources to answer the big questions in life, develops critical thinking skills and allows pupils to examine spirituality. RME will prepare pupils for many rites of passage in later life. There is no expectation of pupils to have any sort of faith or participate in any sort of worship. Choice will be offered and much as possible and pupils will be encouraged to share beliefs and values as much as possible.

In RME pupils also look at character development and try to understand who they are and which characteristics they need to develop to become the people that they want to be.

S1 RME:

In S1Pupils begin by looking at themselves and where they fit into the world. We look at their needs in terms pf Physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We then move on to look at what faith is, and decide why so many people in the world have a faith. We look at the characteristics of faith and encourage the pupils to look at the variety of Cultures that we have in school. Our world religion studied in S1 is Buddhism. The last part of our work in S1 is to look at some moral issues and encourage pupils to look at a suitable moral issue of their own choosing.

S2 RME:

In S2, Pupils examine evolution and creation, and then look at sin and wrongdoing. The third part of the course is to look at Christianity as a world religion (Islam and Judaism have been covered in Primary).

S3 RME:

In S3 we change tack completely and look at a unit on Medicine, science and Faith. Modern medicine has progressed really rapidly and we are able to do many things that we could not before….But should we do these things just because we can? We look at a variety of medical issues and hold these up to what society, both secular and religious say? Some of the issues covered include Cloning, IVF, abortion, PGD, saviour siblings, Transplant surgery, both life saving and life enhancing. Selling organs, life support technology and being able to end your life if you choose to do so.

No issue is clear cut and the discussion is hard hitting and vigorous.

S4 RME:

In S4, We look at a beliefs and values unit which will lead to the award in RME. We focus this unit of slavery, from William Wilberforce to the present. Pupils are expected to become involved in the world that they live in and take action against modern day slavery in an area of their own interest. This includes any type of exploitation such as sweatshop labour and the use of children in labour, such as cocoa pickers.

Assessment:

Assessment will be ongoing at all levels and both be informal through jotters and discussion and formal through testing.

Homework:

Homework will not be weekly, but will be small tasks from time to time which may involve reading, researching, drawing or watching the news of a documentary.

Inspire Aspire:

Inspire Aspire is the character development program that we use with our pupils. It is used in many Scottish schools and asks pupils to focus on the people that they would like to become. This is done through looking at people who inspire them and seeing what qualities these people have that would help them to develop their own character.

Useful Links:
http://www.inspire-aspire.org.uk/
http://vimeo.com/79091773
http://vimeo.com/76151143
RME Photos
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