Religious Education

Subject Leader: Mr N Dawkins

Aims of the department

  • To encourage students to become aware of their inner selves and to explore their own beliefs and attitudes
  • To consider the phenomenon of religion and its impact on the daily lives, thoughts and feelings of people and how this effects people’s values
  • To develop understanding of and empathy for the beliefs and feelings of others

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

What will students study?

The course includes a range of topics that allow students to explore the nature of religion through core issues that affect the world today and in the future. Students are provided with a wide range of learning experiences as they work on a series of study units.

Year 7

  • What is Religion and Who am I?                                
  • How people of different religions
  • Experience God?
  • Where does the universe come from?
  • Was Jesus a man or God?
  • How different are the world’s religions?
  • How do people celebrate festivals?

Year 8                  

  • What is right and wrong?
  • Why do we suffer?
  • How do we treat the Environment?
  • Peace and conflict
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism                           

As the above titles show the units are based around key concepts and themes which will contain some work on Christianity and will also include examples from Hinduism and Islam as appropriate.  In addition, there will be occasions when learning will be enriched by the inclusion of examples from Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

How will students be assessed?

  1. Assessment of students work is of the following types:
  2. Ongoing through observation, interaction between teacher and student
  3. Student self-review and peer review
  4. Assessment of homework/class work
  5. End of unit assessment

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs for three years.

Teacher in Charge: Mr N Dawkins

What course do students follow?

This is a full course in Religious Studies 9-1

What will students study?

The course the pupils will follow explores moral dilemmas relevant to life in the ethics topics and enquires into various ideas about why people believe and what they believe in the philosophy topics. Pupils also explore the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam in the modern world.

ETHICS & PHILOSOPHY

  • Human Relationships - Including family, marriage, divorce, sexual relationships and contraception.
  • Peace and Justice - Including attitudes towards war, violence, capital punishment and the treatment of criminals.
  • The existence of God, gods and the ultimate reality - The question of God, the nature of reality and how people experience God.
  • Dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes - Challenges for religion, dialogue between different religious and non-religious groups.

Beliefs, Teachings and Practices- Christianity

This theme includes a variety of topics including the following:

  • Nature of God,
  • Concept of God as a Trinity of persons,
  • Biblical accounts of Creation,
  • The problem of evil and suffering and a loving and righteous God,
  • Jesus Christ
  • The concept of salvation,
  • Beliefs and teachings about Heaven, Hell, Life and Death
  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • Pilgrimage
  • Role of the Church in local and national communities.

Beliefs, Teachings and practices- Islam

  • This theme includes a variety of topics including the following:
  • Core beliefs
  • Prophethood
  • Sources of wisdom
  • Angels
  • Beliefs about life after death and human accountability

How will students study?

Styles of working will be varied and will include studying independently and in groups.  There will be opportunities to express personal views in a supportive atmosphere and to listen to, and learn from each other and guest speakers.

Additional Information

There is no coursework, it is graded on 100% terminal examination, but regular homework will be set to develop knowledge and skills.

R.S. is about:

  • Giving pupils the opportunity to consider their own responses to life’s experiences, social issues and the world they live in.
  • Exploring views, including those of Christians, which have contributed to our culture, traditions and values, such as respect, tolerance, justice, caring for others, doing your best and a spirit of open minded   enquiry.
  • Enabling views to be developed on the idea of God and why people may be religious.
  • Think about the concept of good and evil, right and wrong.
  • Consider the question, ‘Can a scientist be religious?’

 R.S. is not about:

  • Expecting or persuading anyone to “be religious”.  It’s about looking at situations in life’s experience from social, religious and personal viewpoints, enabling pupils to develop the skills to consider a range of ideas and draw their own conclusions.

 Employers value the subject as an indication that pupils have a fair minded approach, and can look at and respect different viewpoints, whilst expressing their own informed opinion.

Careers information

Careers information can be found using the links below. 

http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/subjects/TheologyReligiousStudiesSkills.asp