Religious Studies

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Religious Studies

The world we live in is changing rapidly. Technology and transport advances have allowed humans to move all over the globe, creating a rich diversity of beliefs and behaviours, of different ways to make sense of the world around us and live as ethical human beings.

Religious Studies encourages Pupils to look at the world around them and to make sense of how people think and act, through the development of key skills such as empathy, critical thinking and social analysis. It is critical for any future career that will involve working with other people.

Why study RS?

The world we live in is changing rapidly. Technology and transport advances have allowed humans to move all over the globe, creating a rich diversity of beliefs and behaviours, of different ways to make sense of the world around us and live as ethical human beings.

 Religious Studies encourages students to look at the world around them and to make sense of how people think and act, through the development of key skills such as empathy, critical thinking and social analysis. It is critical for any future career that will involve working with other people.

How would I learn?

A great deal of Religious Studies content is taught through discussion and exploration of your views in comparison to those of others – be prepared to talk, and sometimes to argue!

Religious Studies is an academic subject, and as such involves a good degree of writing. You will start your GCSE in Religious Studies at the beginning of Y9 and sit your exam in the Summer you turn Y10, so you will be taught the shape and expectations of GCSE quality thinking and writing from the moment you begin.

RS Curriculum Map

Year 7

Autumn 1
The Island
Autumn 2
The Island
Spring 1
What Does it Mean to be Jewish?
Spring 2
What Does it Mean to be Jewish?
Summer 2
What Does it Mean to be Muslim? (Flipped Learning)
Summer 2
What Does it Mean to be Buddhist?

Year 8

Autumn 1
Does it Make Sense to Believe in God
Autumn 2
War, What is is Good For?
Spring 1
The Problem of Evil and Suffering
Spring 2
Whose World is it Anyway?
Summer 2
What Does it Mean to be a British Muslim?
Summer 2
Introduction to GCSE Religious Studies

Year 9

Autumn 1
Christianity: Beliefs & Teachings
Autumn 2
Islam: Beliefs & Teachings (7 weeks)
Spring 1
Christianity: Practices
Spring 2
Christianity/Islam: Practices
Summer 2
Islam: Practices
Summer 2
Consolidation & Exam Practice Paper 1

Year 10

Autumn 1
Relationships & Family
Autumn 2
Religion & Life
Spring 1
Religion, Peace & Conflict
Spring 2
Religion, Crime & Punishment
Summer 2
Consolidation & Exam Practice Paper 2
Summer 2
All Y10 to sit GCSE RS in Summer 2.

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

AQA

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 100% 100%

Exam Structure:

  • Two exams

  • Paper 1: The Study of Religion- Beliefs and values.

  • Paper 2: Thematic Studies.
    *For both papers students will look at both Islam and Christianity

Useful Website Links:

BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f – An easy to access source of information on key topics and beliefs.

YouTube presentation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld7KoRd_WIs – A series of short videos that focus on content required for GCSE units. 

Revision World – https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/rs-religious-studies – A source of printable pdf revision resources.

Recommended Revision Guides:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A : Christianity and Islam
Name:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A : Christianity and Islam

Author:

Marianne Fleming, Harriet Power and Peter Smith

Available from School Office:
No

Contact RE Department

Please use the form below to contact the RS department or alternatively please email rs_info@starbank.staracademies.org 

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