Religious Studies helps to increase the understanding and awareness of different faiths and non-faiths, as well as provide the opportunity to explore the impact different beliefs have on people's lives. Students also consider philosophical and ethical questions. In studying these, they will demonstrate and develop the key skills of analysis and evaluation.
All students study the subject at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. In the latter, Religious Studies is a popular and successful GCSE option. For those who do not choose it, Core RS is studied which helps deepen understanding of key religious beliefs and ethical issues at the heart of our society.
In year 7 students investigate key beliefs and practices of different major world religions, specifically Christianity and Islam. In the final term they study less well known religious and denominations and the growth of atheism.
In year 8 students explore ethics and relationships, global issues and questions of philosophy. There is further study of beliefs and practices of religion, for example in Judaism and Buddhism.
In year 9 students continue to study ethical issues, such as Religion, Peace and Conflict, and Relationships - if they have selected RS as a GCSE option. If not, they continue with a core programme on other ethical issues. With both pathways, emphasis is on the Christian and Muslim approaches to these.
At GCSE and A Level, students study the AQA Religious Studies course. At both levels, the emphasis is on Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.
Grouping & Setting
Religious Studies is taught in mixed ability form groups at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 students will be in mixed ability option groups. Core Religious Studies is taught in English sets.
Key Stage 3 RS students are regularly assessed through their class work books, landmark assessments and regular assessed homework. GCSE Students complete an interim and landmark assessment every half term as well as regular homework. Students are given feedback on their work based on both of these assessments and complete improvement prompts based on these, ensuring that they know how to improve their work.
The department runs a Philosophy Club every week for Key Stage 5 pupils where philosophical questions are debated. The ‘Big Ideas’ Club also runs every week for Key Stage 3 pupils when they are invited to investigate, discuss and debate philosophical ideas.
In Years 7 and 8 there is the RS Big Challenge where students can work in small groups to answer creatively, in any way they like, a response to the questions: Does religion make your life better? Does God Exist?