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Religious Studies


Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Ms H Knowles  Curriculum Team Leader Humanities

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Religious Studies Overview

Religious Studies provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality. It explores issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and other principal religions, traditions and world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
RS encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

RS encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. RS has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

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KS3 Structure

At the start of the autumn term in year 7, students are taught in mixed ability tutor group classes. Towards the end of the first half-term students will take a formal assessment. The result will determine in which Set they will be placed for all the Humanities subjects. Students will be taught in their new Set from the October half-term onwards.
This continues in years 8 and 9.

Assessment is by formal tests and assessment tasks at the end of each unit.

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KS3 Content


Who do you think you are?
The Island
Turin Shroud Investigation



Religion and science
Is there life after death?
New Religious movements
Eduqas Religious Studies GCS

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KS4 Structure

In Key Stage 4 GCSE Religious Studies is compulsory. There are currently 2 lessons per week in Year 10 and 11.

Year 10
Year 10 students will be following the two year Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies course. This is a linear course with examination at the end of year 11.
What exams are there?
In May 2018 year 11 students will take three GCSE RS exams.
Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World 50%
Component 2: Study of Christianity 25%
Component 3: Study of Islam 25%

Year 11
At present year 11 students will be following the two year Edexcel GCSE Full Course Religion and Life and Society. This is a linear course with examination at the end of year 11.
What exams are there?
In May 2017 year 11 students will take two GCSE RS exams.
Religion and Life: 50%
Religion and Society: 50%

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KS4 Content


Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies - Relgious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
Life after death
Good and Evil
Human Rights


Edexcel Religious Studies - Religion and Society
Religion and the environment
Medical ethics
Peace and conflict
Crime and punishment
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Additional Information

Equipment required:

A blue or black pen and a fully equppied pencil case with pencils, colouring pencils, ruler, glue and scissors will be essential.

Spirited Arts Slideshow

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