Religious Studies

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Religious Studies

Religious studies is an exciting subject that allows young people a unique opportunity to understand both their own belief and the beliefs of others. Whilst considering how the Britain’s multi-cultural society has contributed to British heritage, values and traditions.

In Religious Studies we also aim to understand the rights and responsibilities of individuals and wider society, and we consider a range of ‘controversial’ issues that cover subjects as diverse as life and death.

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Why study Religions?

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.

What would I learn in Religious Studies?

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn 1

Humanities tool kit

This unit introduces pupils to the key themes and skills that are necessary to successfully engage in Religious Studies as an academic subject. They will be introduced to the four key themes of Religious Studies (Identity, Belief, Ultimate Questions and Morality) and have an opportunity to consider and discuss their own identity in terms of these themes.

Justice

This unit allows pupils to look at examples of justice and injustice.

 

Autumn 2

Places of worship

This unit introduces pupils to the importance of places of worship for religious believers. The unit covers the key features of places of worship and the spiritual significance for religious believers.

Suffering

This unit covers how religious believers can help those who are suffering. Pupils will be able to focus on religious teachings and how religious believers may put these into practice.

 

Spring 1

Religious festivals

This unit covers why festivals are celebrated, looking particularly at religious festivals. Pupils will gain an insight into Diwali, Passover, Eid and Vaisakhi.

Religion and war.

This unit will focus on the reasons for war and Christian and Muslim attitudes to war and those who suffer in war.

 

Spring 2

Pilgrimage

This unit covers what a pilgrimage is, in doing this pupils will be able to identify how it is different to a holiday/journey.  The focus for this unit is on the different types of pilgrimages and the varied reasons for the pilgrimages.

Religion and the media

This unit will focus on the positive and negative impact media has on religion.

 

Summer 1

Important religious figures

This unit allows pupils to explore important religious people. Pupils will look into the lives of Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Ghandi.

Animal rights

This unit will focus on religious attitudes on the treatment of animals.

 

Summer 2

Spirited arts

This unit allows pupils to incorporate art into their RE work. The themes which pupils can focus on include, the soul, God or the mysteries of life.

Beliefs and values

This unit will focus on what is meant by the term belief. Pupils will be able to compare their own beliefs to the beliefs of others.

How would I learn in Religious Studies 

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 debate!

Religious Studies is an academic subject, and as such involves a good degree of writing. Students are expected to produce extended written answers to show their views – each assessment will take the form of a GCSE question so they get familiar with the technique early!

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Why study GCSE 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.

GCSE 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.

What would I learn in GCSE Religious Studies?

Focus on Christianity

Focus on Islam

Part 1: Beliefs and Teachings

Part 3: Beliefs and Teachings

 Practices

 Practices

Part 2: Relationships and Families

Part 4: Relationships and Families

 Religion and Life

 Religion and Life

 The Existence of God and Revelation

 The Existence of God and Revelation

 Religion, Peace and Conflict

 Religion, Peace and Conflict

 Religion, Crime and Punishment

 Religion, Crime and Punishment

             Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

             Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

How would I learn in GCSE Religious Studies?

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 just as you would in KS3!

Religious Studies is an academic subject, and as such involves a good degree of writing. Students are expected to produce extended written answers as GCSE exam practice.

Students should be scoring at least a Grade 2 in English to consider GCSE Religious Studies.

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

AQA

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 100% 100%
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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

Staff in Department

Head of Department:

Ms G. Webb

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:
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Contact Music Department

Please use the form bellow to contact the English department or alternatively please email rs@starbank.bham.sch.uk

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