Religious Studies

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We aim to:

  • To gain a knowledge and understanding of religious traditions, concepts and experiences through the teaching of Christianity and other faiths.
  • To understand how faith and belief relate to the moral, cultural and behavioural aspects of life.
  • To develop a personal search for a meaning and purpose.
  • To develop an awareness of the dignity and integrity of others.
  • The scheme of work is based on the Hertfordshire Agreed syllabus for Religious Studies.

The scheme of work is based on the Hertfordshire Agreed syllabus for Religious Studies.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Pupils study Christianity and Islam. Units include:
  • Who am I? looking at the nature of identity and how it is expressed through religious buildings.
  • Who is Jesus? Exploring how Christians have expressed their understanding of the nature and role of Jesus.
  • Who are we? Understanding the religious practices and lifestyle of Islam

Year 8

  • Pupils study Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Units include:
  • Will you be my people if I will be your God? Exploring the beliefs and teaching of Jewish people.
  • Resolving conflict. Exploring the values and morality of life in Jerusalem as seen from 3 religious points of view.
  • Searching for meaning. Understanding how people of faith respond to the questions of purpose.
  • Moving up? The faith of Hinduism

Year 9

All students follow the OCR GCSE Philosophy and Ethics full course, which explores a number of philosophical issues from a Christian perspective in relation to religion. 

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

All students continue to follow the OCR Philosophy and Ethics full course. In KS4 they focus on a number of moral issues from a Christian perspective in relation to religion. Topics covered include:

  • Medical Ethics
  • Human Relationships
  • End of Life
  • Peace and Justice
  • Religion and science
  • Reason and revelation

Sixth Form

Years 12 and 13

At AS and A2 Level pupils study the OCR GCSE Philosophy and Ethics course. Religious Studies A Level is a thought provoking and successful option in the Sixth Form. Topics covered include:

Philosophy

  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Philosophical arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges of Psychology and Sociology
  • Free will and determinism
  • Problem of evil
  • Miracles

Ethics

  • Absolute and Moral Relativism
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kant
  • Medical ethics
  • War
  • Environment and Business Ethics

General R.S

Throughout the year Sixth Form students will listen to thought provoking speakers on a number of controversial religious topics.

Staff

Mr A Davie Director of Learning (RS, PSE and LS)

Mrs G Payne Deputy Director of Learning

Mr S Warner

Mr M Buckly

Mrs P Emeny

Miss Amy Hartley

Background