Ormiston NEW Academy

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Religious Studies

  • Head of subject: Mrs K Clarke-Edmunds
  • Year groups taught: Year 7 and 8 (compulsory), Years 9-13 (optional)

Introduction

Human beings have always asked big questions also known as ‘ultimate questions’ about the meaning and purpose of life. Religious Studies at Ormiston NEW Academy allows students to explore these questions through the study of the major world religions with an emphasis on the cultural aspects of spirituality.

Why is this subject important?

Religious Studies prepares students for life beyond school by enabling them to understand the wide variety of beliefs, cultures and lifestyles that they will come into contact with in an increasingly multicultural society.  Religious Studies also encourages students to think about ethical and moral issues in a way that enables them to empathise with others, therefore promoting important values such as tolerance and respect.  Ultimately R.S. is about showing the students how to apply their learning in a practical way in their daily lives.

Resources to highlight

Religious Studies lessons offer students a wide variety of learning opportunities.  Interactive whiteboards are regularly used to engage students in their own learning as well as mobile devices such as iPads.  The department is well stocked with authentic religious artefacts that provide students with a more hands on approach to religious beliefs and practices.

Key Stage 3

Introduction

The overall aim of the KS3 scheme of work is to introduce students to key religious, ethical and moral concepts, whilst building upon their own prior knowledge.

Year 7

Structure of course
Student will take part in one 60 minute lesson per week.

Topics covered

  • Religious Studies
  • Judaism
  • ‘The Island’ (an experiential unit of work based on role play and personal reflection).
  • Who was Jesus?
  • Saving Planet Earth
  • What would the Buddha do?

The skills students will learn this year are

  • Extended writing
  • Independent learning
  • Team work
  • Discussion skills
  • Research

Students are assessed by
Students are formally assessed at the end of each unit (half termly) through a variety of methods including essay writing, group presentations and exam style question papers.

Year 8

Structure of lessons
Student will take part in one 60 minute lesson per week.

Topics covered

  • Animal Rights
  • Sikhism
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Islam
  • Crime and Punishment

The skills students will learn this year are

  • Empathy
  • Debating skills
  • Collating information
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation

Students are assessed by
Students are formally assessed at the end of each unit (half termly) through a variety of methods including essay writing, group presentations and exam style question papers.

Key Stage 4

Introduction

At KS4 students study the beliefs and practices of two major world religions, Christianity and Sikhism. They then apply their knowledge and understanding of the key beliefs and principles of these religions to a range of moral issues and philosophical problems.

  • Qualifications: GCSE Religious Studies
  • QAN Code: 601/8400/0
  • Examining body: AQA

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are

  • An interest in ethical and moral issues.
  • Curiosity about the influence of religious beliefs and values.
  • The ability to weigh up the validity of different viewpoints and form an opinion.
  • Good reading and research skills.
  • Good organisation.
  • Willingness to share opinions and actively participate in debates and discussions.

What you will study

Year 9

  • Christianity Beliefs and Practices.
  • Sikhism Beliefs and Practices.
  • Religion Peace and Conflict.

Year 10

  • Religion and Life.
  • Religion Relationships and the Family.
  • Religion and Philosophy.

Year 11

  • Religion Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • Religion Crime and Punishment.

Students are assessed by

Year 9

  • Extended writing assessments at the end of each unit.

Year 10

  • Extended writing assessments at the end of each unit.
  • Mock GCSE style exams

Year 11

  • Mock GCSE style exams
  • 2 x GCSE written exams (90 minutes per paper)
  • There is no coursework element.

Final exam components

  • Exam 1 – The Study of Religions – 1 hour 45 mins  – 50%
  • Exam 2 – Religion and Themes – 1 hour 45 mins  – 50%

What might students study after this

GCSE Religious Studies students develop skills that enable them to go on to study a variety of subjects including, A-Level Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Sociology, History, English (literature and Language) and Psychology.

Possible careers

Religious Studies develops skills that are useful in several careers, including law, journalism, teaching, medicine, social work, the armed forces and emergency services.

For more information contact

  • Mrs K. Clarke-Edmunds (Head of Religious Studies)

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