Religious Studies

Head of Department: Dr A Major

Aims

We aim to help pupils both to understand and value each other’s beliefs: in order to do this, we do not follow a confessional approach but employ a wide range of contemporary resources.  The intention is for girls to cover two broad areas of learning: about religion, providing the academic foundation and from religion, which encourages the girls to be reflective in their consideration of religious beliefs and practices.

Syllabus

  • Year 7:  After introducing ideas such as God, symbols and belief we examine the histories of some of the world religions, their relationship to one another and their place in today’s world.
  • Year 8: Girls study some of today’s religious practices carried out in the six main world religions: rites of passage, festivals, pilgrimage and worship.
  • Year 9: We move to broader, philosophical issues considering topics such as Life after Death, Gender, God and religion and Faith and Commitment.

Assessment

Work is comment marked according to two criteria: attainment and effort.  We look for evidence of the three key skills required for Religious Studies:

To recall, select and present knowledge of the religions and the issues studied.

To show understanding and application of the work studied.

To express and explain their own responses as well as being able to evaluate the different responses to the issues and beliefs studied.

Homework

Homework may include completing class work, a written assignment, reading or research.  The co-operation of parents in allowing pupils to use local libraries would be appreciated. 

Differentiation

On occasion, different tasks will be set for different levels of ability; there is extension and support material available in most areas of the syllabus.