Welcome to Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department is proud of the role RS plays within a pupil’s education. We aim to make sure all pupils are literate of religious language, concepts and open to the ideas and cultures; especially preparing them to challenge religious information that is inaccurate and unfair. Pupils should be educated in order for them to reflect fairly and accurately on religious matters whilst developing their own views and opinions of ethical issues.RS

Why it is important to study RS?

  • Religious Studies is a rigorous and academic subject that allows critical thinking of contemporary issues.
  • It encourages philosophical thought, decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills
  • It creates opportunities for young people to develop their literacy skills of interpretation and analysis of religious texts.
  • It makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, attitudes and values.
  • It provides opportunity for young people to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness.
  • Pupils learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others’ rights and responsibilities.
  • Religious Studies plays a key role in creating social cohesion and generating genuine understanding between communities reducing friction, intolerance and social unrest.
  • All these are vital skills in a modern workforce where communication, collaboration and cooperation are core skills.

 

Curriculum Overview

It is our intent for the Religious Studies element of our school curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions.

The teaching of RS makes links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of a range of religions and world-views. The curriculum will help to develop responsibility and respect for all aspects of diversity, whether it be social, moral, cultural and spiritual, and prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain.

The overarching concepts for ‘Religious Studies’ at Sir William Robertson Academy are tied in with the school vision of ‘ASPIRE’:

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Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus. Studying the agreed religions of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. We have also made the decision to study Buddhism as part of the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus of an in depth study of another religion; this forms a foundation of understanding and natural progression to GCSE. The curriculum has been planned to allow students to develop religious awareness of the main world religions in Lincolnshire; as well as allowing them to be able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between them.

We also study philosophical and ethical issues such as: animal rights; environmental issues; conflict prejudice and discrimination. This allows pupils to apply their religious knowledge and understanding to contemporary British issues.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9 and 10 pupils are given the opportunity to study and complete the full course GCSE AQA A in Christianity and Buddhism. Students are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.

The curriculum is planned to deepen their understanding of Christianity and Buddhism, and students are given opportunities to identify with teachings and see the impact these may have on their own lives. There is scope to develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.

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HUMANITIES STAFF

MR D BENSLEY
MR M DAVIES
MISS S EARLE
MRS E COOKE
MS N MITCHELL
MRS J PEARCE
MR M PHILLIPS
MRS N RAWDING
MR J MOUNSEY
MISS R PICKERING

For more information, check out the links below:

RS Learning Journey

The Skills We Want To Develop