Religious Studies

Curriculum Leader: Mrs M Barnes

Subject Teachers: Ms C Barnfield

Famous Quote

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men. Herman Melville

The unexamined life is not worth living and the unlived life is not worth examining. Socrates

Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

Religious Studies explores issues of faith and belief (both religious and non-religious) and encourages respect for the cultural and life experiences of others. It allows pupils to examine their own beliefs by asking questions about the meaning and purpose of life, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. Religious Studies also helps pupils to challenge prejudice and to operate as citizens in a diverse society.

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3

Religious Studies follows Living Difference, the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, and lessons are centered on conceptual enquiry and Philosophy for Children. No fewer than three religions will be studied, one of which must be Christianity.

Key Stage 3 Religious Studies is delivered in one lesson per week during Year 7 and Year 8.

In Year 7 pupils begin by asking "What is meant by religion?" before being abandoned on a deserted island to discover how religion might be important to, and develop through, a community setting. This enquiry based approach is delivered through The Island, a reflective adventure that employs 'Theatre of Learning' techniques. Next, Christianity is examined by asking "How can something so old still be relevant?" and by exploring the concepts of charity and stewardship. The year ends with a consideration of the concept of religious identity, asking questions of Jewish Identity and whether the Jews are “A chosen or persecuted people?”  

In Year 8 pupils consider the concept of ‘struggle’ as an important part of religion and of what it means to be human. A study of what the Buddha taught leads to questions of whether anything good can come out of suffering. Christianity and Islam are also studied through the concepts of reconciliation and ummah, and by asking questions such as “Does a life without hope have any meaning?” and “Should faith make a difference?”

Assessment Method - Key Stage 3

Each term students will study a different unit of work and are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of that particular unit. Students’ progress is then tracked through a combination of their end of unit assessments, and their classwork and verbal contribution in class. There is one attainment target for Religious Studies outlined in the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus, Living Difference as“Interpreting religion in relation to human experience”.

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4              

Exam Board: AQA Specification A

This is a core subject and all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have one lesson per week allocated for this full GCSE course. There are two main components to the course:

Part one is about the study of religions and explores the beliefs and practices of two major world religions.

Part two explores four themes in philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world such as relationships and families, human rights and social justice, and modern ethical issues.

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4

All Religious Studies courses are 100% assessed by examinations at the end of year 11. Within class time, students are assessed on each unit using practice exam paper questions and grade boundaries to track students progress and proficiency. This is then used to guide intervention based on student's individual needs.

Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs

Trip to a relevant place of worship such as a church, synagogue or mosque

SACRE Youth Voice and Y8 conference

RS Candle Conference for Y11

TGI Cove School Christian Union

The Think Tank! - Debating Club



Subject Documents Date  
KS3 RE Curriculum Map and Assessment Obj... 24th Nov 2016 Download
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