Religious Studies is a rigorous and demanding academic discipline, that encourages those studying it to develop critical thinking in the search for truths with uncertainty. It encourages philosophical thought, decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills whilst understanding why a faith acts and beliefs in certain customs. It creates opportunities for young people to develop their skills of dialogue, interpretation and analysis in a whilst also developing their ability to synthesis text and understand hard hitting issues that arise in our everyday lives. All these are vital skills in contemporary British society, where communication, collaboration and cooperation are core skills. Religious Studies aims to extend pupils thinking and challenge stereotypes within society, whilst allowing a safe environment for young people to delve deeper into their own beliefs and ways of thinking.
Within Religious Studies we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop a lifelong love of learning
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs and values.
- Experience challenge and enjoyment.
- Develop a sense of self and desire to explore both their own faith and others.
- Develop their ability to communicate information and synthesise key elements that can be shared with others.
- Reflect upon their learning and develop their own beliefs and attitudes towards modern day society.
- Develop lifelong values based upon reason and experiences.
Pupils study Religious Education throughout their time at Stewards. Topics studied include a wide range of religions and moral issues. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their thoughts and opinions and to listen with an open mind to the views of others.
Key Stage 3
Religious Education is taught throughout KS3 in mixed ability teaching groups. Pupils in Years 7-8 have the equivalent of two hours of Religious Education over our two week timetable.
Pupils complete an assessment every half term. Assessments are completed in class and for homework.
In Year 7 pupils study a range of topics including new starts, symbolism and the environment.
Year 8 provides pupils with the opportunity to study topics including prejudice, authority, evil and suffering.
Pupils are set homework tasks that build towards the main assessment that is written at the end of a half term.
Key Stage 4
Pupils study a diverse range of topics at GCSE including:
- Religion and Crime
- Religion and Drugs
- Religion and Sport
- Religion and Human Rights
- Pupils sit two GCSE exams at the end of Year 11.
Homework is set regularly and centres on exam practice.