The main objective of the department is to provide varied and enriching lessons that effectively prepare our pupils for life in a culturally diverse modern world. Our department aims to promote an awareness of the usefulness of RS to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities.
Britain is now a very diverse society; finding out about the beliefs and lifestyles of all people makes us think about what we believe and reflect on our own choices. This helps us to develop our own ideas and opinions, and ultimately shapes who we are. Learning to express our own beliefs and to listen to the views of others is an important life skill and this is something the staff within our department have a passion for.
Programmes Of Study - Religious Studies
High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both classwork, homework and behaviour for learning. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are implemented in an attempt to stimulate and engage pupils. At times pupils are required to work autonomously, independently and most importantly collaboratively.
Pupils are expected to produce high quality written work in RS and will always be required to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). Pupils correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time (DIT) as this allows them to develop their literacy skills which they are required to demonstrate at GCSE level.
Homework at GCSE is usually based around revision activities in preparation for regular assessments. Pupils will often be given key vocabulary tests and examination-style questions to complete at home and to prepare them for upcoming assessments. Homework can be expected at least once a fortnight at GCSE level. All RS homework is clearly displayed on the Google Classroom forum of which parents and guardians can always access.
Marking and Assessment
AQA GCSE FULL COURSE Religious Studies A
Paper 1 The Study of Religion (Christianity and Islam)
Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings & Practices
Islam: Beliefs and Teachings & Practices
Paper 2 Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies
Theme A: Relationships and Families
Theme B: Religion and Life
Theme D: Religion, Crime and Punishment
Theme E Religion, Peace and Conflict
Both exam papers will be taken at the end of Year 11.
AQA GCSE SHORT COURSE Religious Studies A
Paper 1: Section 1: The Study of Religion
Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings
Islam: Beliefs and Teachings
Paper 1 Section 2: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies
Theme A: Relationships and Families
Theme B: Religion, Peace and Conflict
1 exam paper will be taken at the end of Year 11
Miss S. Rhodes - Curriculum Leader for Religious Studies
Miss H. Partington - Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher of Religious Studies
Mr T. Martin - Teacher of Religious Studies
Miss C. Melia - Teacher of Religious Studies
After school catch-up and revision classes are available throughout the academic year to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to reach and exceed their target grades with appropriate support in RS.
The whole-school intervention programme is also utilised by the department and pupils who underachieve on assessments or class work are asked to re-take to ensure that areas of misunderstanding and misconceptions are rectified.
The Religious Studies department also has a small team of pupils known as RS Leaders who are tasked with improving learning within the department from a pupil perspective. This role allows pupils to play a key part in the education that they receive and become more involved in the planning and delivery of lessons, the tasks and activities used and the assessments they complete.
Supporting your child
The RS department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy. All homework is recorded on the Google Classroom.
Careers leading on from Religious Studies
Revision guides/supporting resources
The following course textbooks are useful in supporting pupils in their learning:
GCSE AQA 1-9 Religious Studies Specification A
- Author Lesley Parry, Jan Hayes, Sheila Butler
- Publisher: Hodder Education
- ISBN 9781471866852
GCSE Religious Studies A CGP Revision Guide
- Author - CGP
- ISBN 978 1 78294 641 0
In addition to the core literature accompanying the course, there are many fictional texts that relate specifically to many of the issues and subjects discussed during Religious Studies lessons. The list below contains a small sample of the texts pupils might read:
- Pig Heart Boy: Malorie Blackman
- Noughts And Crosses: Malorie Blackman
- Before: Jojo Moyes
- My Sister’s Keeper: Jodi Picoult
- Life Of Pi: Yann Martel
- Empire Of The Sun: JG Ballard
- The Other Side Of Truth: Beverley Naidoo
- Does My Head Look Big In This?: Randa Abdel-Fattah
- Sophie’s World: Jostein Gaarder
- The Wind Singer: William Nicholson
- The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
- The Fault In Our Stars: John Green