Religious Studies

Welcome

Welcome to the Religious Studies page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

The aim of our teaching in Religious Studies is to encourage all of our pupils to think about challenging questions such as the meaning and purpose of life, different beliefs in God and to consider issues of right and wrong. We aim to develop the pupil's knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions. We encourage all of our pupils to learn about and from different religions, beliefs and traditions so that they can develop their own sense of identity as citizens of a global community.

  • To give all pupils a foundation understanding of Christian belief and that of the other major world religions.
  • To develop in all pupils a respect for and tolerance of other beliefs and traditions.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

The aim of the work at KS3 is to help all pupils to explore their own everyday experiences, consider how these can draw parallels to other people's lives and beliefs and to lead them to a deeper understanding and respect of a range of religious concepts and ideas.

Pupils will start year 7 by learning about the different skills we use within Religious Studies. We then use these skills throughout KS3 as we learn about different religions such as Christianity and Hinduism and also how following these religions can affect the way that people live.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils will be assessed using numerical levels from 3 to 7 that identify skills and ability to share knowledge. Assessments will focus on knowledge deployment and skill acquisition.

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - RE
Levels 5 and above
2016
 
94%

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

Currently at KS4 Year 11 follow the AQA Religious Studies B specification. This will be changing as pupils from Year 9 and 10 will be following the AQA syllabus A. Those taking the B syllabus will take the Life Issues and the Morality units which lead them to consider some of the bigger questions in life. These units will give them the opportunity to compare their own beliefs on what is right and wrong to those of various world religions.

Topics studied include:

  • Do animals have rights?
  • What are our responsibilities for the care of the planet?
  • When does life begin?
  • Is there such a thing as a just war?

The current Year 9 and 10 will be following the A syllabus. They will study Christianity and Judaism in detail, learning about the beliefs and practices of those religions. In addition, they will study religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life, Human Rights and Social Justice and War and Peace.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils will sit two examinations each worth 50% of their final grade. During KS4 pupils will sit practice examination questions to demonstrate their knowledge and their progress.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - RE
A* - C % pass rate
2016
 
74%

What can it lead to?

Religious Studies is useful in all occupations as it encourages you to consider various points of view and can help you understand why religious people act the way they do.


Accommodation & Resources

Religious Studies forms part of the Humanities Faculty. The faculty occupies eight rooms on the top floor of the newly built South Block. Each room is fitted with an interactive whiteboard and the facility to play dvds. The faculty is well resourced with a range of textbooks, dvds and has the use of a set of laptops.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in Religious Studies and are given an opportunity to express and challenge each other's opinions. The study of different religions and cultures enables pupils to broaden their horizons and gain a greater understanding of the world beyond their immediate environment.