Religious Studies

CURRICULUM LEADER: Mrs C Willis

The Religious Studies Department is committed to a balanced study of the world’s major faiths and related ethical issues, encouraging our students to form and explore their own opinions. Our objective is to encourage students to approach the world and its challenges with a tolerant and empathetic mind, reflecting on the importance of faith and belief within society today.

Students are given opportunities to discuss issues in a fair and sensitive environment, and comments of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature are always challenged. It is hoped that positive values are absorbed through the ethos of the school as a whole, as well as through the subject matter studied in lessons. Each student should come to realise that their views are important, and that they too must respect the views of others. We encourage the skills of listening, reflection, empathy and emotional literacy. We also aim to encourage students in their essay writing and examination performance, striving for high standards both in class and homework. Students are taught key skills and techniques in order to understand the important concepts studied, and to succeed in their internal and external examinations.

 

KS3 CURRICULUM

In Years 7, 8 and 9, we teach a thematic curriculum covering a wide range of topics, including aspects of all six of the major world religions. Students are taught in mixed ability sets.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Introduction to Religious Studies and Philosophical Enquiry

Relationships

Space

 Year 8

Right and Wrong

Power

Time

 Year 9

The Existence of God

 

Immortality

The Problems of Evil and Suffering

 

KS4 and KS5 CURRICULUM

All students at Prince Henry’s study for a full GCSE in Religious Studies, with examinations at the end of Year 11. At A level we offer a popular course in Philosophy and Ethics. The department is highly successful in both key stages, achieving above average results. For full details please follow the links on the left-hand menu.

 


10

Origins and Beliefs

Places of Worship

Practices and Belonging

Pilgrimage

11

Prejudice and Discrimination

Religion and War

Planet Earth

Early Life

AS

12

Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Religious Experience

Psychology and Religion

Introduction to Ethics

Utilitarianism

Abortion and Euthanasia

AS Exam

A2

13

 Body, Soul and Personal Identity

The Problem of Evil

 

Life, Death and Beyond

Synoptic Study

A2 Exam

 

ENRICHMENT

Visits to places of worship and interest are important to consolidate and enhance learning in the classroom. These include: The Buddhist Centre, Manchester Jewish Museum, Bradford Cathedral, Sikh Gurdwara, Amsterdam and Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Visitors from various faith, and no faith backgrounds are also regularly invited to work with students in lessons and workshops to further enrich understanding.

 

Religious Studies is…

  • Relevant for all children, whether religious or not.
  • A way to show how belief influences society, community and culture.
  • Thought-provoking on the big questions in life.
  • Able to prepare children for adulthood and the development of personal identity.
  • A key area in promoting respect for self and others.
  • A major contributor to understanding history and global affairs.
  • A vehicle to tackle prejudice, discrimination and extremism.
  • A promoter of social and community cohesion.
  • Highly respected as a curriculum subject.
  • Extremely enjoyable!