Religious Studies

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Key stage 3

The vision for the Religious Studies department is for all students enjoy the study of different religious and non-religious beliefs and have an understanding of the society we live in. Lessons in Year 7 and year 8 follow the outline suggested in the Leicestershire locally agreed syllabus. In Year 7 students focus on learning about Christianity and Buddhism. In Year 8 students focus on learning about Islam and Sikhism.

Religious Studies provides a safe place in the curriculum to discuss controversial global issues, such as what does it mean to be good? Across year 7 the students consider the following questions: What is religion? How does it encourage people to be good? What is so radical about Jesus? Should happiness be the purpose of life? What do people celebrate and why? How can people express the spiritual through music and art? In year 8 questions considered include: Is death the end? Is religion a power for peace or a cause of conflict in the world today? Why is there suffering? Does living biblically mean following the whole Bible? What difference does it make to believe in Sikhism?

Religious studies provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills; debating issues presentation skills, interpersonal skills, such as empathy, thinking skills, such as extended writing and constructing arguments. Students are assessed at the end of each topic, through varied methods such as letter writing, leaflets and PowerPoint presentations. All students are expected to complete one piece of home learning a half term. The majority of tasks are research based, as the aim of home learning in Religious Studies is to extend the student experience beyond the classroom.

Key stage 4

All students will continue to study Religious Studies throughout their time at school. Lessons will focus on: Christianity beliefs, teachings and practices, Christian views on marriage and matters of life and death, Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices, Muslim views on peace, conflict, crime and punishment. 50% of the course is dedicated to the study of Islam, and 50% to the study of Christianity. The majority of students will study the Edexcel GCSE course which has two 1 hour 45 minute exams at the end of the course. A small number of students will study the ASDAN short course in Belief and Values. This is a non-examined accessible alternative to GCSE Religious Studies.