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Religious Studies

At Hinde House Secondary School, we believe that students need to know about religion so they can understand the world around them in these challenging times. In a diverse school and wider community, it is essential that students learn about religion and also learn from religion to aid community cohesion and also enhance our student’s cultural capital. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Having a safe environment to discuss topical and difficult issues is a vital part of the school’s PREVENT strategy; integral to installing British Values within the school community and also builds resilience and good mental health within our students.

This can be summed up by the following overarching statements:

• Stewardship – caring for all creation
• Respect – showing tolerance of others beliefs, opinions and cultures
• Asking Big Questions – communicating effectively and listening to others
• Morality – understanding right from wrong, accepting rules and boundaries
• Courageous Advocacy – challenging injustice by standing up for the rights of others
• Personal growth – developing compassion and empathy.

We are working towards following the Sheffield Agreed Syllabus whilst also ensuring that students have the necessary foundations to study RS at KS4, and also that the local community is reflected in the curriculum. This curriculum is being reviewed and updated for first teaching in September 2020.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

• The Island – a thematic look at the main concepts and themes covered in Religious Studies.
• Belief in God – what are the main concepts that religions have, how do they express their beliefs.
• Christianity – what are the beliefs and the challenges in today’s society.
• Hinduism – what are the beliefs and the challenges Hindus face.
• Places of worship – what are the different places of worship and how do they serve the community.

Year 8

• Islam – the main beliefs and what is it like to be a Muslim in today’s society.
• Rites of passage – a thematic approach to how different life events are celebrated.
• Sikhism – the main beliefs and what it is like to be a Sikh in today’s society.
• Jesus – looking at the man and the myth, and how he influenced Christianity.
• Important Religious Figures – looking at religion in action in the modern world

 Year 9

• Peace and Conflict
• Sanctity of Life
• Media and RE
• Evil and suffering
• Christian Beliefs – GCSE
• Muslim Beliefs – GCSE

Key Stage 4:

Students study Edexcel (1-9) Religious Studies B

This Religious Studies course is as much learning about different religious beliefs as it is allowing students to consider moral and ethical issues that affect the world around them. This GCSE course involves the study of two world religions and covers ethical issues such as capital punishment, abortion and euthanasia. Topics such as these promote healthy and heartfelt philosophical debate between students.

Throughout the course we also explore the beliefs and morals of atheists, agnostics and Humanists too, whilst encouraging our students to consider their own views on moral issues and dilemmas. This course is not only an academic qualification but one that challenges and enthuses students and encourages them to learn independently as well as listening to and exchanging ideas with other students. The course is mandatory for all Key Stage 4 students, but is tailored to suit most needs and abilities. Some students will be entered for the GCSE. 

Program of Study Year 10

• Marriage and Family - Christianity
• Crime and Punishment – Islam
• Living the Christian Life
• Living the Muslim Life

Program of Study Year 11

• Matters of Life and Death - Christianity
• Muslim Beliefs
• Christian Beliefs
• Peace and Conflict – Islam

 

GCSE Exam information:

The exam board we follow is GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel B

The GCSE consists of 2 separate papers with four sections on each paper. Each section then consists of 4 questions that students must answer.

Section A Questions
These are worth 3 marks and ask you to outline or state things - they are looking for straight forward information – just to make a point.

Section B Questions
These are worth 4 marks and are looking for you to describe or explain two key areas within Christianity or Islam. They are asking you to develop a point.

Section C Questions
These are worth 5 marks and require you to explain key areas within the Christian or Islamic faith. This involves developing a point and referring to examples.

Section D Questions
These are worth 12 marks and require you to evaluate stimulus and consider different viewpoints about one particular aspect of belief. You must justify your answer and refer to teachings.

Useful links/websites:


https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016.html 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f 

 

Key Contact:

Mrs D Greenwood

Email: dgreenwood@brigantiatrust.net