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Religious Studies (RS)

Religious Studies is the study of religions and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism, developing an understanding of divinity, faith, action, morality, human life and death, critical reflection of beliefs as well as the personal reflection of students’ own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their study.

Our curriculum purpose in Religious Studies is to introduce philosophical, religious and ethical studies to allow students to explore ‘ultimate’ or philosophical questions through critical thinking and class debate. The curriculum analyses the six main world religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism and reflect on their beliefs, teachings and practices in order to develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. The study of Religious Studies assesses what it means to be ‘ethical’ and how we all, as human beings, try to make the right decisions when faced with moral dilemmas in life. This promotes a student’s sense of moral and social responsibility as well as understanding, respect and tolerance of a range of beliefs, opinions and cultures, both past and present.

Our curriculum aims for Religious Studies are framed around the National Curriculum and the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow our students to gain extensive, relevant knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practice, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying. Our students will understand and engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life, which will offer opportunities to both learn about and learn from religion to develop a strength of character and equip students, so they are able to cope with choices they are likely to encounter in life. Our students will understand debate religious, philosophical an ethical studies which exist in the modern world.

Students will engage in enquiry based learning to develop as critical and reflective thinkers, with inquisitive minds. They will ask relevant questions about a range of beliefs, opinions and cultures. Students will also learn to think independently and organise and communicate articulately their religious knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

We will implement this in Religious Studies with the aim of ensuring our students can be the best they can be