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Religious Studies helps students:
Religious Studies is not about making students believe in God, nor making them not believe in God. Religious Studies is not about promoting any particular religion, nor about criticizing any particular religion. Religious Studies is not about promoting religion in general, nor about suggesting that religion is not good.
Religious Studies is about promoting theological literacy. Theological literacy is based upon knowledge of religion and religious issues, but it is far more than this. It is the learning of the understanding of religion and religious issues. It is the appreciation of why people participate in religion, why they see and understand the dimensions of life and reality that are not seen and understood by secular materialism. It can be done through symbolism, through narrative, through image and through philosophy. Children who develop theological literacy do not necessarily develop a religious approach to life themselves, but they begin to understand that those who do have something that is of value. They are able to connect with the values that exist within religious worldviews and relate them to their own.
Useful Websiteshttps://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-short-course-8061/assessment-resources https://www.asdan.org.uk/courses/case-study/beliefs-and-values-short-course-transforms-learners
KS3 Religious Studies Overview (Years 7, 8 & 9)
At SHHS, Religious Studies shares an alternating timetable with Citizenship studies.
In years 7 & 8, students explore the following:
In year 9, students look at the following ethical and philosophical questions:
KS4/5 Religious Studies Overview
There are two routes students may wish to follow if they wish to continue their religious studies in KS4 & KS5:
Students study the AQA Religious Studies: Short Course specification.
A short course is comparable to half a full GCSE, but the standard is the same as a full GCSE.
The topics we cover are as follows:
Section A: The study of religions: beliefs and teachings
Section B: Thematic Studies: religious, philosophical and ethical studies
How is it assessed?