Religious Studies

Departmental Aims

religionAs a Church of England School, Religious Studies forms a vital part of the school curriculum at all levels. The Aim is:

  • To give the pupils an understanding of what religion is, particularly Christianity
  • To show what effect belief has on individuals, communities, societies, and cultures
  • To develop positive attitudes towards other people and their rights to hold beliefs different from their own, and to living in a religiously diverse society
  • To develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religions and moral issues
  • To develop their own spirituality so that they might become integrated, mature, whole people.

The Curriculum (KS3-5)

In KS3 following an introductory unit where we consider Belief about God, we look at Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam as significant world religions, alongside consideration of important key concepts; Faith, Miracle, environmental Issues, Evil and Suffering, Relationships, Origins of the Universe, Religion and Media.

In KS4 every pupil continues to study with us either at Short course or Full course for GCSE.

The Syllabus we offer is OCR Syllabus B ~ Philosophy and Applied Ethics [J121]

The aims of this specification are to encourage students to:

  • Acquire knowledge and develop understanding of the beliefs, values and traditions of one or more religions;
  • Consider the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions associated with one or more religions.
  • Consider religious and other responses to moral issues.
  • Identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life raised by religion and human experience, including questions about the meaning and purpose of life.
  • Develop skills relevant to the study of religion.

Those students following Short Course will be studying 2 units of work one on Philosophy and another on ethics. If they choose to follow Full course they will be studying 4 units of work: 2 on Philosophy and a further 2 on Ethics [ details can be found on the OCR website at : http://www.ocr.org.uk/Data/publications/key_documents/GCSE_RS_B_Spec.pdf]

In the sixth form we offer 2 courses both from the OCR A-Level suite

Philosophy and Ethics and Christian Studies details of which can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Data/publications/key_documents/GCE_RS_Spec.pdf

religionThe aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:

  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and relate it to the wider world;
  • treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge,
  • understanding and skills appropriate to the specialist study of religion;
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion;
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their own learning.

Both of these courses are popular with the students who have chosen to study them and attainment over recent years has been very good.

Extra-curricular activities/visits

We attempt to arrange visits to a number of places of worship at KS3 as appropriate: Hindu Mandir, Jewish Synagogue, Islamic Mosque alongside having visiting speakers come into school to enhance the curriculum.

We facilitate a couple of groups during the school week: Amnesty International supporting refugees and protecting human rights and a Film Club looking at a variety of Spiritual and Moral issues in contemporary films.

Staffing:

  • Mr S Loughnane
  • Mrs K Course
  • Mr S Topping [Head of Department]
  • Miss S Begum