Religious Studies will introduce pupils to a stimulating and vibrant subject.
In support of the ethos of the school, roughly 50% of the course will deal with Christianity, the remaining time being allocated to other views of life, both religious and secular.
The department is mindful of the variety of experiences pupils have. A religious faith is not a requirement to do well in this subject: what is most needed is an open and enquiring mind.
The emphasis is to learn about, and learn from, religion. Pupils will study the use and importance of symbolism through fables, religious stories and objects relevant to the world religions. Work on sacred writings related to Christianity, Judaism and Islam will be studied. There will also be an introduction to ethics and morality.
One of the most important key skills is the ability to think. Information processing, reasoning and enquiry are promoted across different areas, which include studying key events in religion.
Pupils will be expected to build upon their previous experiences in order to deepen their understanding of the world around them. They will also learn to reflect upon their own views in relation to those of others. Having considered aspects of Western religions, pupils will have the opportunity to investigate Eastern traditions.
Pupils will have opportunities to explore the nature of belief and religion and to reflect on the variety of religious expression that exists in the world.
The history of Christianity from the Dark Ages to the present day will form part of the study and Hinduism will be explored in greater depth.
Some of the topics covered in the Unit ‘Expressions of Belief’ will include Orthodox Icons, Islam Customs, Lent and Holy Week. The ability to ask questions, listen and evaluate the resulting information will be developed through discussion and group work.
In this year pupils are preparing for their GCSE exam choices. Skills such as enquiry, creative thinking and evaluation are integral themes throughout this year. They are useful tools for any GCSE subject.
They will study religious and moral beliefs and values that underpin individual problem solving and decision making.
Pupils will consider how religious belief affects people’s images of God and will be challenged to explain their own view of God. One unit will be devoted to issues of life, death and beyond with reference to the sanctity of life from the point of view of Humanist, Muslim and Christian perspectives. A further topic of study will consider why we suffer and how suffering affects belief in God.
Religious Studies includes learning about ourselves and others. The beliefs and values studied are the foundation of personal choice. Such study is personally challenging and is relevant to many aspects of learning and achievement throughout life.