Department Aims

The ethos of the department is to provide varied and enriching lessons to prepare pupils for the real world. The department aims to promote an awareness of the usefulness of RS to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect and understanding across cultures.

Britain is a multi-faith society; finding out about the beliefs of all people makes us think about what we believe. This helps us to develop our own ideas. Learning to express our own beliefs and listen to the views of others is important and this is something the staff within the department are passionate about.

Programmes Of Study - Religious Studies

Expectations/Approaches/Policies

High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are implemented in an attempt to stimulate and engage pupils. At times pupils are required to work autonomously, independently and most importantly collaboratively.

Pupils are expected to produce high quality written work in RS and will be expected to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). Pupils are required to correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time (DIT) as this will allow them to develop their literacy skills which they are required to demonstrate at GCSE level.

Homework at GCSE is typically based around revision activities ahead of regular assessment. Pupils may be given examination-style questions to complete at home and to prepare them for assessment. Homework can be expected at least once a fortnight. All RS homework is clearly displayed on Show my Homework.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

2015-2017

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies (all pupils)

2016-2018

AQA GCSE Religious Studies (all pupils)

Staff List

Miss S Rhodes - Curriculum Leader for Religious Education

Miss H Partington - Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher of Religious Education

Mr T Martin - Teacher of Religious Education

Extra-curricular activities

After school catch-up and revision classes are available throughout the academic year to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to reach and exceed their target grades with appropriate support in RS.

The whole-school intervention programme is also utilised by the department and pupils who underachieve on assessments or class work are asked to re-take to ensure that areas of misunderstanding and misconceptions are rectified.

The Religious Studies department also has a small team of pupils known as RS Leaders who are tasked with improving learning within the department from a pupil perspective. This role allows pupils to play a key part in the education that they receive and become more involved in the planning and delivery of lessons, the tasks and activities used and the assessments they complete.

How parents can support their children

The  RS department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy.

The following textbooks are useful in supporting pupils in their learning:

GCSE Religious Studies: Religion and Life based on Christianity: Edexcel A Unit 2

GCSE Religious Studies: Religion & Society based on Christianity & Islam: Edexcel A Unit 8 Student Book

GCSE AQA 1-9 Religious Studies Specification A