To enable students to understand the viewpoints, practices and moral values of a range of different belief systems and to explore their own view on key issues such as the origins of the universe, the sanctity of life and the importance of key figures in religion.
Key stage 3
In Year Seven, students study Sikhism looking into practises such as wearing the 5Ks. They also study inspirational people from a variety of religions and consider how their religious views have influenced their actions. Finally, they study Islam in depth, looking into the five pillars and what it means to be a Muslim today.
In Year Eight students study Hinduism before moving onto analysing whether the existence of evil and suffering proves that God does not exist. Finally, they study Christianity in depth, learning about core Christian beliefs and how this influences believers’ behaviour and look at how Christians view key modern issues such as racism, different styles of worship and the place of music and art in Christian church services.
Key stage 4
At Key stage 4 the students are preparing for terminal examinations at the end of year 11. All students will study the Edexcel – Religious studies specification 2018.
They will cover two key areas these are:
- Religion and Ethics through Christianity
- Religion, Peace and Conflict through Islam
In Religion and Ethics through Christianity they will cover the key Christian beliefs this includes the creation of the universe and of humanity and the problem of evil and suffering in society. They will also be able to investigate what it means to live a Christian life with clear links to marriage and the family and matters of life and death.
In the second area Religion, Peace and Conflict through Islam they will look at the Muslim perspective of Crime and punishment and peace and conflict. They will also investigate what it means to be a Muslim and how they live their lives.
If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Mr Ash.