Religion and theology is everywhere in the world today. Although it may not be obvious, it can be in our day to lives when meeting new people, the careers we chose and the lives we lead as well as influencing how we conduct ourselves in our local communities and as citizens of the world. Religious Studies helps students to explore religious, philosophical & ethical questioning such as ‘How were we created creator?’, ‘Is there A God?’, ‘Why does evil and suffering happen’? Through to ethical matters such as ‘Will everyone ever be treated equally?’, ‘Should animals be used for medical research?’
The RPSE department is passionate about making learning engaging, fun and exciting. Students are encouraged to think, reflect and evaluate, helping them to make their own informed choices for studies of religion, ethics and philosophy. We give pupils opportunities to debate and advance their knowledge through investigation and research so that they develop a sense of who they are in the world around and society that surrounds them now and later in life.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and Year 8 we focus on world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Pupils also study Philosophy and Ethical subjects such as issues of Equality in the world; covering themes of discrimination and prejudice that have occurred in the world as well as looking at Environmental issues in connection to guardianship of animal welfare and what it means to belong in a community. In Year 9 pupils explore Abrahamic faiths with links to Judaism and a study of the Islamic faith. Studies will also focus more heavily on Ethical and Philosophical subjects. Pupils will explore issues surrounding Medical & Environmental ethics, Matters of life and death; exploring beliefs about what happens when we die, abortion and euthanasia arguments as well as exploring the debate of ‘Religion and Science’ in connection to the creation of the world. Topics covered in Year 9 will also help to develop pupil’s knowledge and skills for pupils opting to continue their education to GCSE level.
Key Stage 4
All pupils in Year 10 will continue to study RPSE as a core subject. They will continue to develop their Ethical & Philosophical knowledge by covering topics such as Animal Rights; for example the uses of animals in sport, for food and for work. The issue of Evil & Suffering will be explored; pupils will explore what these concepts are and what the religious responses are. Pupils will also study the topics of Community Cohesion; what are human rights, why they are important as well as the topic of Prejudice and discrimination. Pupils will examine laws, case studies and why equality is important, all to develop their understanding of world that they are part of. Throughout these themes pupils will explore religious responses, investigating similarities and differences in religious teachings and sacred texts.
Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop their skills through to GCSE level. Pupils who opt to take RE as a GCSE will continue with core RPSE, but will also have the opportunity to use their skills to gain a GCSE from the AQA exam board. Pupils will complete a Full Course Religious Education GCSE (A). They will study beliefs, teachings and practices of two world religions (Christianity & Islam). Pupils will also cover 4 ethical themes; some of the content will also build upon prior knowledge, however most will new and exciting subject matter to explore. They will have the opportunity to investigate issues surrounding families and relationships, Religion and life, Crime and punishment and a study of peace and conflict.
Miss H Clayton