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.
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.
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’: