Religious Studies Curriculum Intent: To make students tolerant and understanding of all religions and worldviews. We make RS relevant to all students and ensure they can make links with religion and society. Through our curriculum we address common errors and misconceptions that students may have due to the media and society. RS is centred on learning from and about religion. In lessons we create a sense of awe and wonder, where students challenge and question a variety of viewpoints. We equip students with the skills to debate, explain, empathise, evaluate and make moral decisions. We engage and enthuse students so they have a positive experience of RS. Crucially, our students deserve to know the very best of what has been thought, said and wrote.
They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore equips students with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
The RS department aims to develop in students an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews.
Students gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
The curriculum for RS aims to ensure that all students:
- A) Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
- B) Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
- express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.