Students often ask the question, ‘Why do we do RS?’ and that in itself answers the question…RS is about asking questions and searching for the answers. Is there a God? Where did the Universe come from? What happens when you die? We don’t profess to knowing all the answers but we do believe it is vital to allow students to explore these ideas in an environment where they are given accurate information and each opinion is listened to and valued.
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What will my child learn about in Religious Studies this year? Throughout Key Stage Three students will extend their understanding of Christianity and at least two of the other principal religions in a local, national and global context. As a department we adhere to the guidelines for Religious Studies as laid out by the Leeds Agreed Syllabus (2015) and the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales syllabus so schemes of work reflect both documents. Discovery Within this theme students will explore how people express their religious beliefs and identities. Students will investigate and examine key questions such as ‘What is faith?’, ‘How are religious beliefs expressed through festivals’ and ‘How can faith be expressed through what people wear?’ Students will have the opportunity to explore these from a range of perspectives. Celebration Students explore two topics under the theme of celebration. Students will examine Rites of Passage and how these key events are celebrated within a range of religious traditions. They will also delve deeper into the Hindu religion, and explore aspects of worship and beliefs. Creativity Within this theme students will explore the key beliefs about Jesus of Nazareth held by Christians. Central to these are the incarnation, death and resurrection and the interpretation given to these stories by believers. Students will have the opportunity to engage with these teachings through a variety of forms. Balance The aim of this scheme is to introduce students to ethical concerns regarding the environment. Students will explain and interpret a range of beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority linked to the environment and will consider their impact in today’s society. What type of homework will be set? The main focus for homework is often an assessed written task to be completed at home; assessed tasks will usually have extended deadlines to allow students time to enrich their work with further research. Sometimes students will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time. How will my child be assessed in Religious Studies this year? Students will regularly take part in peer assessments and self-assessment in lessons. Students will have four formal assessments throughout the year. These will take place during lesson time and will be based upon the unit of work studied. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Ask them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around the subject. Take an interest in their extended homework task and encourage your child to be creative. Students should try to watch or access international, national and local news in some form at least once a week, to help them develop an understanding of the issues facing many people in the wider communities.
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What will my child learn about in Religious Studies this year? Throughout Key Stage Three students will extend their understanding of Christianity and at least two of the other principal religions in a local, national and global context. As a department we adhere to the guidelines for Religious Studies as laid out by the Leeds Agreed Syllabus (2015) and the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales syllabus so schemes of work reflect both documents. Risk The aim of this scheme is to develop students’ understanding of the nature of God and examine whether it is possible to believe in God today? Students will be introduced to big philosophical questions and they will investigate how people relate to God is a variety of ways. Interpretation Within this theme students will learn about the life of the Buddha and how Buddhists living today have interpreted this. Students will gain knowledge of the diversity within religions and the challenges facing religious believers in the 21st century. Identity Students will explore two topics under the theme of identity. Students will explore the purpose of marriage and how it is celebrated within a range of traditions and ceremonies. They will also investigate what it means to live in a multi-cultural society and examine issues of inter- faith dialogue and co-operation, prejudice, discrimination and racism. Structures Within Year 8, students will embark on the Key Stage 3 Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award. This is a unique opportunity for students to combine both faith and action through classroom based learning and acts of service in the local community. What type of homework will be set? The main focus for homework is often an assessed written task to be completed at home; assessed tasks will usually have extended deadlines to allow students time to enrich their work with further research. Sometimes students will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time. How will my child be assessed in Religious Studies this year? Students will regularly take part in peer assessments and self-assessment in lessons. Students will have four formal assessments throughout the year. These will take place during lesson time and will be based upon the unit of work studied. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Ask them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around the subject. Take an interest in their extended homework task and encourage your child to be creative. Students should try to watch or access international, national and local news in some form at least once a week, to help them develop an understanding of the issues facing many people in the wider communities.
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What will I learn? Religious Studies is an ever-popular and relevant GCSE course, which covers a range of contemporary moral issues as well as addressing the fundamental questions of life. It is a subject that enables you to think for yourself about religious and moral issues in a critical and enquiring way. All students follow a compulsory GCSE course in Religious Studies, elements of which are begun in Year 9. The course is taught in 3 lessons per fortnight and involves the study of 2 units: Unit 2 Religion and Life based on a study of Christianity is taught from Year 9. Topics include Marriage and the Family, Matters of Life and Death, Religion and Community Cohesion, and Believing in God. Unit 8 Religion and Society based on a study of Christianity and Islam is taught in Years 10 and 11. Topics include Rights and Responsibilities, Environmental and Medical Issues, Peace and Conflict, and Crime and Punishment. How will I be assessed? There is no coursework in GCSE Religious Studies. You will sit two exams at the end of year 11. Each exam will last for one and a half hours. Exam one will include the following topics: Believing in God; Matters of Life and Death; Marriage and the Family; Religion and Community Cohesion. This exam will focus on Christian attitudes. Exam two will include the following topics: Rights and Responsibilities; Environmental and Medical Issues; Peace and Conflict; Crime and Punishment. This exam will focus on Christian and Muslim attitudes. What could I move onto? Religious Studies is an acceptable academic subject at all the major universities. At AS and A2 Religious Studies is of interest to both Arts and Science students. It compliments other humanities subjects whilst providing a useful contrast to others, by introducing the ethical and philosophical issues and helping develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the student’s studies. Students find the skills and knowledge gained in Religious Studies useful in careers such as law, journalism, social care, the army, child care, the police, probation work, counselling, teaching, nursing and leisure and tourism.
Exam Board: Edexcel Course title and type of qualification: Religious Studies GCSE Links & Resources
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