religion

Departmental Staff
 
Subject Leader:-                   Mr J Beka


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What will a student learn in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5?
 
Students in Year 7 study Geography, Ethics & Philospohy and History through the Humanities Curriculum.
 
Key Stage 3- All students study Ethics & Philosophy for 2 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight.  Students explore the ‘Big 6’ religions of the world through practical problem solving and philosophical enquiry.
 
The programme of study is set out below: 

 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 – GCSE Unit 8
 Humanities program
 Who am I?
 Spiritual Journeys - pilgrimage  Religion and Society
 
 Religion in the UK
 
 The Muslim experience at
 Sir Frederic Osborn
 Peace and Conflict
 South Africa  Up and down or round and round  Crime and Punishment
 
 Religion and Art
 
 
 Life after death
 Environmental and medical issues
 
 Religion and Conflict
 
 Should Religion care for
 The environment?
   Rights and responsibilities

 
Key Stage 4– During Years 10 and 11 students have 2 x 1 hour of Ethics & Philosophy lessons within the two week timetable.
 
What is involved?
 
The Edexcel exam board offers students the best opportunity to achieve strong GCSE grades.  The course requires students to explore the significance of religion on life and society, studying the practices of religious people and the impact of beliefs on lives.
 
The qualification is made up of two units that make up 1 GCSE: Unit 1 Religion and Life and Unit 8 Religion and Society.  Both units are based on a study of Christianity and Islam and are assessed through two one-and-a-half hour examinations.
 
This department prides itself on offering all students the chance of a qualification at the end of Year 11.  To enable this some students may for an exam in Unit 1 and receive a Short Course qualification whilst some students will be entered for an Entry Level Certificate.  However, most students are entered for the Full Course examinations.
 
Why is this subject important today?
 
Religion has and will always be with us.  It has affected history, having taken a place in all civilisations and cultures.  Religion is all around us:  on the street, in music and on television.  It is constantly in the press, locally, nationally and globally.  Religious Studies allows students to study the effect that religion has on people.  The study also allows students to start to develop, evaluate and critique belief systems whilst developing their own values and experiences in a reasoned way.
 
What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?

The following aims are at the heart of all our teaching: to encourage students to enjoy learning about others’ religious beliefs, fostering an attitude of mutual respect and interest, to develop a critical attitude towards source material.  We want to help students keep abreast of technological advances with opportunities to develop ICT skills.  Emphasis is based upon individual research and learning to help develop students’ study skills.  We want each student at the end of their education to be able to engage in conversation with another human from any walk of life in a confident and knowledgeable manner.

At no time do we attempt to impose beliefs onto students nor do we attempt to undermine any belief that a student may already hold.  We do, however, stress the value of the diversity of belief and we encourage our students to study faiths other than their own in a sympathetic and open-minded way.

 
Where could the subject lead – career wise?
 
A qualification in the study of religion and its associated ethic is highly prized by the higher education institutes.  Religious Studies is a supporting subject for courses in Law, Medicine, Business, Journalism, Politics and of course teaching.
 
The skills involved in Religious Studies develop analytical and systematic thinkers who have excellent reasoning skill.  Graduates of Religious Studies are often excellent communicators.
 
The following list of people with a background in Religious Studies serves to illustrate the variety of careers that the study can lead to and yes there is a Religious Leader in there!
 
George Soros (Businessman)                   Oliver Letwin (Politician)
Ricky Gervais (Comedian)                        Dave Farrell (Linkin Park Bassist)
Miles Anderson (Filmmaker)                     Steve Allen (Comedian)
                                                            Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury)
 
Homework

Key Stage 3 students are set homework twice a week. This should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.  During Key Stage 4 students are set more challenging pieces of homework every week; this should take no more than an hour.