Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an important subject that, helps to develop our student’s knowledge and understanding of the world’s different religions and beliefs which form part of our contemporary society.

Through our varied curriculum, we aim to provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, and beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. 

In Year 7, students begin to develop their knowledge of Religion by considering significant questions such as ‘Does God Exist’? and ‘Why do people have different beliefs about God?’. Students are encouraged to share their own views and opinions with others and consider the factors that may have influenced their views. Students will investigate the beliefs and practices of Christianity and will explore the influence of important people such as Martin Luther King. Students will consider the role Jesus has played in Christianity past, present and future. During the year students will also be introduced to some different religions and explore where some beliefs and practices may be similar or different to those of Christian believers.

As student’s progress into Year 8 they begin to explore a range of Religions in depth. We will learn about Judaism and the Holocaust where students will learn to understand what the Holocaust was and how knowledge of this may relate to current day racism and prejudice.

Through teaching about the different religions, it opens up questions on why people have different faiths and how they choose to celebrate different festivals. This provides our students with an insight to the lives of others both globally and in the UK, and how their own faith and beliefs help to shape their futures. 

In KS4 our curriculum introduces some of the key moral issues that encourage students to respond and debate. This introduction allows students to consider some sensitive issues and decide whether they agree or disagree through providing key reasons and justifications. Many topics covered such as ‘Medical Ethics’ and ‘Life’ are centred on real world issues and can promote a wider range of thinking skills to develop attitudes and understanding on global events and issues.

Students will begin to make links to Christian attitudes on marriage, divorce, sexuality, abortion and euthanasia, and consider where they have similar views and opinions on the topic in question.  

Through this curriculum we will also cover many of our societal issues such as substance abuse and global issues such as terrorism, and explore what the different religious beliefs and teachings are on such issues.

We expect that over the course of the three years in their Religious Education lessons that they will have built up the enquiry, investigation and evaluation skills to enable them to objectively look into some of the most sensitive and emotive issues and to respond to them and other attitudes towards them with thoughtfulness and respect.

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