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Religious Studies

Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human culture

Meet the Religious Studies team

Meet the tutors who will share their passion for religious studies as you study at Crompton House School.

 

RS in the curriculum

Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human culture.  It informs our understanding of history, politics, sciences, the arts, as well as day to day ethical concerns and promotes development of a sense of social responsibility. in Religious Studies we explore human ideas about truth, knowledge of the divine and how religious ideas are expressed through texts, rituals and belief systems.  We also examine knowledge of self, valuing others, human culture, ethical and global concerns.

Religious Studies is taught across the curriculum from year 7 to year 11.

Year 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)

How are students grouped?

In Years 7 and 8 (key stage 3) students receive 3 hours study every two weeks.

In Year 7 students are placed in sets according to prior ability based on information received from Primary schools, SATs results and Cognitive Ability Tests which are completed by all students in the Summer term prior to starting Year 7.   In order to help students settle quickly into school life, students are taught in the same class sets for all humanities subjects. (RS, Geography, History, PSHE, Learn to Learn) and also for Music and Drama.

At the end of Year 7 RS, History and Geography departments meet to discuss how individual students have performed throughout the year in order to determine sets for Year 8.

In Years 7 and 8 there will be sets 1-4 on band one and sets 1-3 on band two.

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed each term through a combination of assessment methods, including teacher and peer-assessed work.  In the summer term for both Years 7 and 8 we conduct end of year tests which help to supplement and affirm the information on student progress we have collected during the year.

Years 9, 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

How are students grouped?

Students are currently placed into classes following the English set arrangement.  This is done to assist when and where lessons are placed in the timetable to ensure the same teacher can deliver all RS lessons to each class.  In Year 9 students receive 3 hours RS study plus 2 hours PSHE every two weeks.   Currently in Years 10 and 11 students receive 5 hours RS study every two weeks and PSHE is discreetly embedded into the curriculum.

How are students assessed?

All students follow the AQA Religious Studies specification B (units 2 and 3), and are entered for external examination in the Year 11 summer examination series. At the end of each unit of study all students are given a standardised formal assessment comprising of questions taken from previous exam papers.

What home learning are we expected to do?

Students are given a range of homework tasks, which complement and extend the work done in class. Homework is set in accordance with the school homework timetable, which is given to groups at the beginning of each academic year.

How can parents help?

Parents can help by discussing topics with students and allowing them the opportunity to share and develop their opinions on the religious and moral issues studied. They can also assist with research and encourage students to read through their work and learn key terms and subject specific vocabulary. Students are given a checklist at the start of each unit of work and parents can look at this with their child to ensure students have completed work on all the relevant topics.

Communion

Curriculum Breakdown

Autumn Term

  • Unit 1: What is Belief?
  • Unit 2: The Life of Jesus

Spring Term

  • Unit 1: The Events of Holy Week
  • Unit 2: Judaism

Summer Term

  • Unit 1: Judaism continued
  • Unit 2: Hinduism

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Autumn Term

  • Unit 1: Becoming a Khalsa Sikh
  • Unit 2: What is Sikhism

Spring Term

  • Unit 1: Individual Faith in Action
  • Unit 2: The work of an international organisation

Summer Term

  • Unit 1: The life of Muhammad (Key events in his life and his role as a prophet and leader)
  • Unit 2: A Study of Islam

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Autumn Term

  • Unit 1 and 2: Questions About God

Spring Term

  • Unit 1: Questions About Man (The Holocaust)
  • Unit 2: Human Rights and Morality

Summer Term

  • Religious Attitudes to World Poverty (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)
  • Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)

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Autumn Term

  • Religion and Prejudice and Discrimination (AQA Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues)
  • Religion and Early Life (AQA Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues)

Spring Term

  • Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)
  • Religion and Animal Rights (AQA Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues)

Summer Term

  • Religion and Planet Earth (AQA Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues)
  • Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)

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Autumn Term

  • Religion and War and Peace (AQA Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues)
  • Religious Attitudes to the Elderly and Euthanasia (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)

Spring Term

  • Religious Attitudes to World Poverty (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)
  • Religious Attitudes to Rich and Poor in British Society and/or Religious Attitudes to Matters of Life (AQA Unit 3 Religion and Morality)

Summer Term

  • Recap and revision of all topics including timed revision questions

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Option choice: GCSE Religious Studies

Course highlights:

Students follow the AQA specifications and will have two examination papers in the summer term of 2018.

Paper 1: Religion and Life Issues covers a range of topics from different moral and religious perspectives e.g. animal rights, care of the planet, war, abortion, prejudice and discrimination.
Paper 2: Religion and Morality looks at medical ethics regarding euthanasia, embryology, transplant surgery,cloning and fertility treatments. Students also consider problems regarding drug abuse, care of the elderly, crime and punishment and world poverty.

How you are going to learn on this course:

The course provides an opportunity for students to consider and evaluate beliefs regarding modern ethical

dilemmas through discussion and analysis of different beliefs and religious teachings. Independent and group

learning tasks, using a range of visual and written sources, encourage students to develop their understanding and

ability to give reasoned personal responses to the issues studied.

How it is assessed:

The course provides an opportunity for students to consider and evaluate beliefs regarding modern ethical dilemmas through discussion and analysis of different beliefs and religious teachings. Independent and group learning tasks, using a range of visual and written sources, encourage students to develop their understanding and ability to give reasoned personal responses to the issues studied.

Pathways and careers leading from this subject:

The wider knowledge and skills gained from studying this subject enhance many different career paths.

Course combinations:
GCSE RS improves skills of analysis and evaluation and develops student’s ability to articulate and give informed insights regarding personal beliefs on a range of issues. The subject therefore compliments a range of other subjects e.g. English, History and aspects of Geography and Science.
Other information:

More details regarding subject content for this specification can be found www.aqa.org.uk and on the VLE RS section. Two useful sites for religious beliefs and teachings regarding the ethical issues studied are www.rsrevision.com and www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions

Who to see for more information:

Head of Department Mrs J. Veale

Course teachers – Mrs S Shea, Mr A Holt, Mrs A Ward, Miss J Skelton.

You can speak to your Form Tutor, Head of House and Assistant Head of House for more advice.

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