About Your World
Religious Studies enables students to consider some of the most profound questions such as Does God exist? Is there life after death? What’s the meaning of life? What created the universe?
Religious Studies explores some of the most important social and moral issues of our time: Abortion, Euthanasia, Animal Experimentation, Poverty; Divorce; War; Punishment; Racism; the Power of the Media.
Religious Studies helps students to understand how a person’s religious beliefs can often affect their behaviour and life-style. The subject explores what religious people do and why they do it.
All students in Ks3 (Years 7-9) will have one lesson of Religious Studies each week. In Ks4 (Years 10 & 11) students can choose to do the AQA Religious Studies as a GCSE full Course which is taught over three lessons a week in Years 10 and 11.
Our aim is to make Religious Studies as interesting as possible and we hope that the relevenst issues that the students study, coupled with the varied lesson activities, will continue to keep the students engaged and learning about the world around them.
We also aim to develop skills that are essential to success in education and to life beyond school. These include literacy, communication, ICT, evaluation, investigation and empathy
The Big Questions
- What’s it all about? Why study Religion?
- Scientific and religious views on the creation of the universe.
- What is God?
- Does God Exist? What is the evidence and how compelling is it?
- How did the religion begin?
- Who were the Gurus?
- What do Sikhs wear and why?
- What does Sikhism teach us about equality?
- Why are festivals important for religious and non-religious people?
- What do festivals teach us about belief?
- Students research, write and deliver a 10 minute presentation about a festival of their choice.
Buddhism & Suffering
- How and why do we suffer?
- How has religion helped people to do good?
- How did Buddhism begin?
- Was the Buddha right, can we prevent all suffering?
- How hard is it to follow the Buddha’s teaching?
- Why do Buddhists meditate?
The “What Is Man?” Project
- In the Spring Term, students in Year 8 embark on a term long project in which they aim to answer the question – ‘What is Man?’ or ‘What is Humanity’. This gives the students the freedom to research and write about things that truly interest them and tell us something about what it means to be human.
- The project is based on the poem ‘What is Man?’ by Alexander Pope. Pope concludes that humans are the ‘glory, jest and riddle of the world’.
Islam & Duty
- How did Islam begin and why is Muhammad PBUH and the Qur’an so important to Muslims?
- What are the ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam?
- What are the benefits of the Five Pillars for the individual, the religion and the community?
- What does Islam teach about the equality of women?
- Islam and marriage.
Prejudice & Discrimination
- How are people discriminated against and why?
- What is the cause of Prejudice and Discrimination?
- Jewish belief and practice
- What is anti-semitism?
An In-Depth Study of the Holocaust
- Life in the ghettos
- The cattle trucks to the concentration camps
- The concentration camp system
- Students research and write a project about Auschwitz
- Guernsey and the Holocaust
- What has been done to remember the victims of the Holocaust?
- What can we learn from the Holocaust?
Responding to Discrimination
- The life, work and religious belief of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King
- What are your Human Rights?
- Examples of Human Rights abuses
- Religion and justice
How is the course assessed:
Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices (50% of the GCSE)
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Component 2: Religion and Ethics. (50% of the GCSE).
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
C1. A Study of the following aspects of Christianity and Judaism:
- Beliefs about God.
- Jesus and Salvation (Christianity).
- The importance of the Commandments.
- How and why Christians and Jews worship.
- The meaning and purpose of religious festivals.
- Rites of Passage & Family Life.
- The role of the Church in the local and worldwide community.
C2: A study of the following ethical issues from personal, social and religious viewpoints:
Religion and Life
- Is abortion murder?
- Should euthanasia be legalised in Guernsey?
- Is testing on animals (vivisection) acceptable?
- Who is to blame for the destruction of the environment?
Relationships and Families
- Is it acceptable to have sex before marriage?
- What do religions actually teach about homosexuality?
- Is marriage out-dated?
- Why are some religious people against the use of contraception?
- What are the benefits of belonging to a family?
War and Peace
- Does religion cause war?
- Does pacifism actually work?
- Is war ever acceptable?
- Was America right to use Nuclear Weapons on Japan in 1945?
Religion Crime and Punishment
- What are the causes of crime and how should we punish criminals?
- Should the death penalty be reintroduced?
- Is physically hurting criminals (corporal punishment) acceptable?
- Should we always forgive?
Religious Studies is not about preparing students to become vicars or nuns! It is about preparing young people to live successfully in a global community by understanding, respecting and celebrating cultural and religious differences. It is no exaggeration to say that religion is still a fundamental part of the lives of billions of people. Religious Studies will give students an insight into the beliefs, attitudes and behaviour of many of the people that they will come across both within their chosen career and social life.
Religious Studies also helps students to develop skills that are absolutely essential in most careers. These include the ability to consider, evaluate and express ideas in a coherent and sensitive manner. Without question, the subject will help students with reading, essay writing and examination technique.
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