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.


Curriculum Intent

The aim of our teaching in Religious Studies is to have knowledge of religious belief and practice, to explain how this is applied in people’s lives and to evaluate and show empathy towards the different beliefs in today’s society.

We aim to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions. We encourage all of our students to learn about and from different religions, beliefs and traditions so that they can develop their own sense of identity as citizens in modern Britain today and contribute to a global community.

The RS Curriculum provides opportunities for:

  • A deeper knowledge and understanding of the main religious tradition in Great Britain (Christianity).
  • A deeper knowledge and understanding of Judaism, with the intent to enable students to see the links between the two Abrahamic faiths that have had a great influence over today’s society.
  • An opportunity to build on knowledge of other religions studied at KS2 and to analyse the impact of following a religion in today’s society.
  • Provision of a curriculum that successfully prepares all students for the next steps and ultimately the world of work, recognising both local and global employment opportunities, by developing transferrable skills.
  • To develop in all students a respect for and tolerance of other beliefs and traditions, whilst challenging common stereotypes and informing students of common issues. E.g. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia.

Religious Studies provides students with the opportunity to debate and discuss, thereby improving their ability to articulate verbally as well as enabling them to develop their extended writing skills. Progression is embedded in the curriculum through effective differentiation of resources and questioning, verbal and written marking and feedback, and challenge for all. Students have access to key terminology and sources of wisdom to improve their religious literacy. Extended writing and literacy activities allow students to develop their use of language and vocabulary. Regular retrieval practice is in place to ensure that students are collecting and retaining the correct information.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Our Key Stage 3 has been written in line with the locally agreed syllabus with guidance from the Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education.

Students 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 Judaism and also how following these religions can affect the way that people live.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Assessments at KS3 aim to test the student’s knowledge, their skills of presenting a justified argument, analysis of scriptures, and their understanding of the diversity and complexity of religions.

Assessment at KS3 takes multiple forms which include end of unit assessments, extended pieces of writing and creative projects. In the assessments, students will be assessed on their knowledge acquisition as well as their skills of evaluation and analysis of texts and viewpoints.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Students will study Christianity and Judaism in detail, learning about the beliefs and practices of those religions. This gives them an in depth understanding of the impact following a religion has on a believer’s life. In addition, they will study religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life, Peace and Conflict and Relationships and Families. Looking at contemporary issues in modern day Great Britain gives students a chance to reflect on what they consider to be right and wrong in our ever changing world.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Assessments at KS4 aim to test the student’s knowledge, their skills of presenting a justified argument, analysis of scriptures, and their understanding of the diversity and complexity of religions.

At GCSE, each unit has a final assessment which seeks to mirror their final assessments by using the same format of a mixture of short recall questions and longer evaluative questions that require extended writing.

At the end of Year 11, the students will sit two exam papers, each worth 50% of the GCSE.


How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?


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2019
4+ “standard” pass
80%79%
74%
5+ “strong” pass
64%59%
63%


What can it lead to?

Many professions value Religious Studies due to the transferable skills students develop, for example their ability to empathise, evaluate and communicate.


Impact

The study of different religions and cultures enables students to broaden their horizons and gain a greater understanding of the world beyond their immediate environment.