With religious issues frequently in the news agenda, Religious Studies is a relevant, engaging and challenging subject. RS gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs, ethics and opinions of Britain today. It can help with the personal development of students, supporting engagement with the spiritual, moral, social and ultimate questions that can surface in their lives and communities. In tackling difficult questions, it provides students with insight that can work to challenge stereotypes, promote cohesion and tackle extremism. RS does important work encouraging young people to value themselves and become responsible citizens as it meets many of the requirements for Personal and Social, Health and Economic Education and for Citizenship
The Religious Studies course aims to encourage students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and thinking about questions of meaning. It helps encourage students to develop their sense of identity and belonging and has an important role in preparing students for adult life. The course enables students to develop respect and sensitivity to others, particularly those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
Students in Year 9 study topics that are based on the Local Authority’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Studies. The course helps develop critical thinking skills and will prepare students for the philosophical, ethical and religious aspects of the GCSE.
Students will study the ‘Barriers’ topic which examines issues of prejudice and discrimination using case studies such as the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.
Students will study the life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama and will look at his different teachings. They will also look at the Buddhist concept of karma and examine how following Buddhist teachings would impact the life of a Buddhist.
Regular homework will be set and students will complete assessments in the style of the GCSE paper. These assessments will be graded by a 1 – 9 system in line with GCSE style grading. The aim of the assessments will be to further develop analytical and evaluation skills in addition to testing knowledge.