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.
To nurture and develop a passion for asking questions (through P4C)
The scheme of work is based on the NEW Hertfordshire Agreed syllabus for Religious Studies.
Key Stage 3
Pupils study Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism. Units include:
Who am I? Looking at the nature of identity and how it is expressed through religious buildings and ways in which Christians worship.
Who is Jesus? Exploring how Christians have expressed their understanding of the nature and role of Jesus.
Who are we? Approaches to religious identity seen through the lenses of Buddhist philosophy and Sikh practices.
Pupils study Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Units include:
Why is it important for Jews to remember? Beliefs and Practices of Judaism.
Resolving conflict. Exploring the values and morality of dealing with and resolving conflicts in the light of religion. Students investigate a number of areas in the world where conflict is historically linked to religion.
Searching for meaning. Understanding how people of faith respond to the questions of purpose. Focus on Hinduism.
All students begin the AQA Religious Studies GCSE full course, which explores religious beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam.
Key Stage 4 Years 10 and 11
GCSE in RE is a full course which starts in Yr 9.
All students continue to follow the AQA [Specification A] full course. In KS4 they focus on a number of moral issues (referred to as the ‘Thematic Studies’ part of the course) from a Christian and other religious perspective. Topics covered include:
Relationships and Families
Religion and Life
Crime and Punishment
Existence of God, Reason and Revelation
Years 12 and 13
The A level course is designed and assessed by OCR, with an internal Mock for Yr12 (marked by teachers) and 3 final exams in Yr 13 externally marked.
The course has three components:
Development in Christian Thought (D.C.T.)
A two-hour exam is set for each component.
Throughout the year Sixth Form students will listen to thought provoking speakers on a number of controversial religious topics