In Religious Studies we broadly follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and our main aim is to promote understanding and tolerance. We teach Religious Studies as a combination of religion, philosophy and ethics. Throughout KS3 pupils will develop their skills in analysis, interpretation, reflection, application and evaluation by looking at a range of contemporary issues.
We use a variety of approaches, but our main approach to teaching and learning is to use discussion and debate. Pupils are assessed in each of our six terms to help them know how to progress to the next level. To support their children’s learning, parents can regularly read or watch the news to keep their children up to date with current affairs. It can be enriching for the pupils to visit a variety of different cultural places such as a Canterbury Cathedral or London Central Mosque. We also offer Philosophy as a separate enrichment activity.
In Year 7 pupils look at a variety of topics that develop their skills to express their own opinions and beliefs clearly whilst being understanding of others. In the middle of the year we complete an experiential topic called The Island which builds on pupils’ knowledge of their own society and Christianity. We also spend two terms looking at Islam as a focus religion to dispel any misconceptions that pupils may have.
In Year 8 pupils look at a variety of ethical issues in different contexts. We spend a substantial amount of time looking at Buddhism, and different Buddhist responses to ethical problems such as animal rights and war. Another major topic is looking at the Israel/Palestine conflict that ongoing conflict in our modern world.
In year 9 pupils begin to look deeper into religious questioning. We begin the year by looking at different inspirational people from around the world, such as Martin Luther King and the impact that they have had. We start to delve into GCSE topics and there is a focus on answering BIG questions within religions, for example “What happens after death?” and “Does God exist?”
KS4 GCSE – Year 10 and 11.
In year 10 and 11, Religious Studies offers a range of faith-specific options as well as a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, ensuring students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore and discuss. Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study. Pupils will study Christianity and Islam for the two-year GCSE course, looking at beliefs and practices for both religions. This will be assessed in Paper One. In Paper Two, pupils are currently studying ethical questions associated with: Relationships and Families, Religion, Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life and Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice.
Pupils will be assessed on a termly basis as well as having pre-public examinations to prepare for their final GCSE. Pupils will also be assessed on key term spellings and definitions, which are a key component in the exam. Homework will set on a weekly basis and concentrate on answering the questions which hold the higher marks.
For more information about the religious studies curriculum, please contact Miss E Briggs – firstname.lastname@example.org