Our aim is to give students an opportunity to reflect and learn from other faiths so that they can develop their own beliefs. They are encouraged to celebrate cultural diversity and work towards a more tolerant society. Through learning Religious Studies, our hope is that students will feel able to integrate within our multicultural society more easily and they are given every opportunity to gain a qualification that reflects their ability and potential.
The department has access to a wide range of books in the library and artefacts from different religions. The on-line curriculum provides students with an outline of their courses with worksheets and revision sheets. The Religious Studies classroom has 6 computers and projector for multi-media presentations.
In years 7 and 8, students learn about the six major world religions, which are; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Within each topic, we cover the history of the religion, important people within the faith and cover in detail different religious beliefs and practices including festivals. It is an engaging course that creates interest and prepares the students for GCSE.
All students begin the GCSE course at the start of Year 9. Students follow the OCR Religious Studies World Religions specification. The GCSE includes four units if study. These are as follows:
- Christianity 1 (Beliefs, Special Days, Divisions and Interpretations)
- Christianity 2 (Worship, Community and Family, Sacred Writings)
- Islam (Worship, Community and Family, Sacred Writings)
- Ethics (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth)
Students will take four exams in total with two being taken at the end of Year 10 and two at the end of Year 11. This will lead to students receiving a full GCSE in Religious Studies at the end of Year 11. The course aims to engage and challenge the thoughts of students, encouraging them to consider in depth the beliefs, values and practices if others in comparison with their own.
At A-level, the students study ethics and philosophy following the OCR syllabus. They are taught for 4 hours per week. Students with a Religious Studies qualifications usually work towards a humanities degree with the aim to succeed in careers such as journalism, media, business, health and education.
Religious Studies is about the life experiences of people within our diverse world. Students are given the opportunity to experience how lives are influenced by religious beliefs through media and artefacts. Students are also encouraged to work together, therefore promoting the ability to put forward their own views and opinions, whilst developing tolerant attitudes towards others within school and the wider community.
Religious Studies is taught by Mrs Johnson and Mrs Jacques.