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Religious and Moral Education

Religious and moral education is a process where children and young people engage in a search for meaning, value and purpose in life. This involves both the exploration of beliefs and values and the study of how such beliefs and values are expressed.  It encourages pupils to explore questions concerning the meaning of life.  The moral element is the process whereby pupils develop responsible attitudes towards others and the necessary skills of moral judgement about what is considered right and wrong.

In every year group pupils will have the opportunity to use what they learn in the school literacy programme as we research, investigate and present.  Work may be an individual newspaper article, a diary entry, a mind map, a poster, a group presentation or even a dramatic performance!  Young people will be able to work on their own, in a pair or in a group; focus on the written word, or be artistic. 

Broad General Education (S1-3) 


Introduction to RME @ Beeslack

S1 begins with a quick recap of what we already know about the six major world religions. We consider our personal beliefs about our favourite things and where we are on our journey. 

'Why are there so many churches in Penicuik?'

Is the basis for our whistle stop tour of the history of Christianity and a look at a battle fought in the name of religion and independence right on our doorstep.

The World of Movers and Shakers

Next it's off to the World of Movers and Shakers in conjunction with Literacy Across Learning to think about people that changed the world.

So you think you know about Christmas?!

We consider the 'truth' of the Christmas story and the traditions surrounding the festival.


This is a discrete study of Judaism that includes a look at food, festivals and coming of age.

Wonderful World

S1 finishes with the brightest and cheeriest of units as we write poems about our Wonderful World and interpret Creation Stories in 'Living Pictures'.


S2 begins with a Christianity unit considering Parables and their relevance today. Pupils update a parable and, in the process, understand the key message and consider how/if it applies to them.

Festivals of Light

This research unit is an opportunity to put the Literacy skills in to practice. Having learnt all about COOL notes in Literacy Across Learning, pupils now get to show off their skills as they research festivals of light and reflect on their importance for believers.

The Individual as a Believer

COOL notes lead to report writing in Literacy Across Learning, so that's what happens next in RME.  Pupils focus on the life, beliefs and problems of Dr Martin Luther King junior. 

Life After Death

S2 ends with a philosophical consideration of life's big questions such what happens when we die?  Investigation will lead to presentation and reflection on possible answers to the question. 


The Core Curriculum in S3 has three units. All build on knowledge and skills from S1 and S2 RME, Social Studies and Literacy Across Learning. 

The Impact of the Holocaust on the Individual   

In this unit pupils will consider the individual and very human cost of the Holocaust.  They will produce a newspaper article which is a chance to demonstrate the skills from the literacy programme.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative 

The second unit is the Wood Foundation's Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. Pupils will consider a philanthropic organisation, such as a charity, and create group presentations.  A class competition is followed by a school final where the winning presentation gains financial support for their chosen charity. Another, highly commended group chosen by the invited judging panel will have one third of the whole school non - uniform day money donated to their chosen charity.


In preparation for senior phase RME and English work classes work through an investigation into the arguments for and against euthanasia.  They will have the opportunity to present their findings; this may be in the form of a report, mind map, or debate.

Senior Phase (S4-6) 

S4 - Core RME

The purpose of RME in S4 is to develop knowledge and understanding of religious, moral and philosophical issues and how these relate to personal or practical contexts.

Students will have the opportunity to gain the Investigating Religion and Belief unit of the Religion Beliefs and Values Award.  They will research a religious or moral issue of their choice and reflect on their findings.  The notes that they make as part of the research process are then available for English folio work.


Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies: N5/Higher

The purpose of this Course is to develop knowledge and understanding of religious, moral and philosophical issues that affect the world today. Learners will develop skills which are transferable to other areas of study and which they will use in everyday life.

The main aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:

  • the ability to critically analyse, reflect on and express reasoned views about religious, moral and philosophical questions and their impact
  • a range of skills including investigating religious, moral and philosophical questions and responses, critical analysis, evaluation, and the ability to express detailed, reasoned and well-structured views
  • in-depth factual and abstract knowledge and understanding of beliefs, practices and sources related to world religions
  • in-depth factual and theoretical knowledge and understanding of religious, moral and philosophical questions and responses to them

There are three mandatory units:

World Religion: Buddhism

A study of Buddhist beliefs and practices through investigation of the life and teachings of the Buddha. 

Morality and Belief: Religion and Justice

A study of contemporary moral issues and responses.  We study key perspectives on moral decision making and apply them to:

  • causes of crime
  • perspectives on punishment, revenge, proportionality, forgiveness
  • approaches to capital punishment
  • sentencing in the UK
  • comparative effectiveness of capital punishment and UK sentencing

Religious and Philosophical Questions

Candidates will consider religious and non-religious responses to one of the following questions:

  • what are the origins of life?
  • can we prove or disprove the existence of God?
  • if God is good why do people suffer?
  • do miracles happen?

Course Assessment

Assessment method




Exam Paper 

World Religion



Morality and Belief



Religious and Philosophical Questions










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