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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department seeks to instil a love of learning and a passion for thinking in order for learners to develop into well-rounded, tolerant members of society who understand the beliefs and practices of others.  We encourage learners to combat prejudice and champion equality, whilst teaching them to respect the beliefs of individuals and religious groups.

We cover the principle beliefs of all of the major world faiths at Key Stage 3 but also teach some topics thematically to address contemporary issues that matter and are of interest to young people today.  The Department seeks to keep Religious Studies relevant to those that study it and so we always ensure that contemporary issues are always open for discussion and addressed in the curriculum to keep learners engaged so that they value and see the importance of the subject.

At the heart of all teaching is the necessity for developing the skills that Religious Studies lends itself to so well.  There is a focus on skills progression throughout Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 that aims to create good thinkers that can analyse and evaluate effectively, thus enabling success at each level of study.

Learners have continual opportunities to ascertain a wider perspective on their studies, and this is reflected in the assessment criteria.

The Department

Religious Studies is a friendly, inclusive and approachable Department who love nothing more than sharing laughs with our students.  Our love of people, their background and heritage shines through our teaching and we embrace diversity on every level.  We believe that our subject is integral to making a tolerant and peaceful society, equipping our students for life in multi-cultural Britain.  As a two person Department, Ms Parker and Ms Jones are good friends with a shared passion for stationery and cakes or biscuits!  In Religious Studies, no topic is off limits and we pride ourselves in being able to argue (in the academic sense!) for or against any given topic!

Course organisation

Year 7

 Topic 1

Beliefs about God

 Topic 2

Christmas

 Topic 3

Islam

Topic 4

Judaism

Topic 5

Spirited Arts
Year 8

 Topic 1

Hinduism

 Topic 2

Environment

 Topic 3

Contemporary Islam

Topic 4

Sikhism

Topic 5

Spirited Arts
Year 9

 Topic 1

Beliefs about God 2

 Topic 2

Holocaust

 Topic 3

Religion in the Media

Topic 4

Buddhism

Topic 5

Spirited Arts
Year 10

 Topic 1

Christianity: Beliefs

 Topic 2

Christianity: Practices

 Topic 3

Philosophy and Ethics: Beliefs about God

Topic 4

Philosophy and Ethics: families and Relationships
Year 11

 Topic 1

Islam: Beliefs

 Topic 2

Islam: Practices

 Topic 3

Philosophy and Ethics: Religion, Peace and Conflict

Topic 4

Philosophy and Ethics: Dialogues between religious and non-religious communities
Year 12

 Topic 1

Paper 1 Philosophy and Ethics Content

 Topic 2

Continuation of Paper 1 Philosophy and Ethics Content

 Topic 3

Paper 2 Philosophy and Ethics Content

Topic 4

Continuation of Paper 2 Philosophy and Ethics Content
Year 13

 Topic 1

Paper 1 Philosophy and Ethics Content

 Topic 2

Continuation of Paper 1 Philosophy and Ethics Content

 Topic 3

Paper 2 Philosophy and Ethics Content

Topic 4

Continuation of Paper 2 Philosophy and Ethics Content

Enrichment

Film Club

Philosophy Club

Staffing

Ms A. Parker- Subject Leader in Religious Studies, CCF RN Section Commander

Miss L.Jones- Teacher of Religious Studies, Assistant Head of Year 7 and 8

 

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