Religious Studies

Teaching and Learning

In our subject we study the beliefs and values of people in the world and ask questions about them:-

  • What do people believe and why do they believe it?
  • What do people think is important about how humans behave?
  • How do people express their beliefs in what they do?

We focus on the six major world religions that have the most followers in the UK: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism and we also study humanist and atheist perspectives on many issues.

Our present KS3 programme of study includes; Year 7; An introduction to the Abrahamic Religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, project based custody battle of Israel.  Year 8; Buddhism, Hinduism, Pilgrimage, Religion and Poverty, Life After Death. Year 9; Medical Ethics, Religion and Animals, Prejudice.

KS4 – Optional GCSE

In Year 10 pupils will focus on two religions: Christianity and Islam. They will study each religion’s beliefs and practices in depth before analysing their approaches to different themes. The themes include: Religion and life; Religion, peace and conflict; Religion, crime and punishment; Relationships and families.

In Year 11 pupils will focus on Christian and Muslim beliefs but do briefly encounter other religious traditions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. They will study these traditions through various themes including: War and Peace; Matters of Life; Religion and the elderly; Religion and drug abuse; Prejudice; Religion and the early life; Religion and animal rights.

KS5 – Optional A-Level

Exam board: OCR: Religious Studies

Religious Studies can be studied as AS or A Level. Both courses focus on three main topic areas:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethical Theories
  • Developments in Religious Thought: Christianity

Extra-curricular activities

Philosophy Through Film Club:

This is a weekly club where pupils from all ages can come together and watch thought provoking films, and discuss their opinions on many philosophical matters. Some of the films include:

  • The Matrix
  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • Avatar
  • Gatacca
  • And many more…

Resources/Additional information;

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