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Religious Studies

Why do we study Religious Studies?

Religious Studies at Mangotsfield School aims to take our students on a journey to develop the curiosity of our learners to develop young people who have a desire to learn and understand more about the beliefs, values and traditions of both themselves and others. We want to challenge the thoughts they have when they arrive in our classrooms and build upon the foundations of knowledge that will take our students beyond their everyday experiences. Our classrooms should be a place where students are able to explore moral and ethical issues in safety and without the judgement of others. We want to send students into their communities with open minds ready to face the challenges of the modern and international world as well as being ready for the next stage of their learning journey.


Religious Studies… because the Big Questions need Big Answers

Meet the team

  • Ms Bates - Head of Religious Studies
  • Ms Grindley - Classroom teacher
  • Ms Higgins - Classroom teacher
  • Mr Marsh - Classroom teacher
  • Ms Pickett - Classroom teacher
  • Mr Taylor - Classroom teacher

KS3 Programme of Study

Year 7

Unit 1 - Why are covenants important in Judaism?

Unit 2 - How do we know right from wrong?

Unit 3 - Why is Jesus a role model for Christians?

Unit 4 - Is death the end?

Unit 5 - How is God important to Christians?


Year 8

Unit 1 - Does God exist?

Unit 2 - Why is equality important for Sikhs?

Unit 3 - What does it mean to be a humanist?

Unit 4 - How do Muslims show respect?

Unit 5 - What is Ethics?


Year 9

Unit 1 - How do Buddhists believe we can end suffering?

Unit 2 - Should we use the death penalty when we have alternative punishments?

Unit 3 - Can Christians work together?

Unit 4 - Spirited Arts - Annual national competition. Themes are announced in the Autumn term.

Unit 5 - The Holocaust

Course: Religious Studies

Eduqas Religious Studies Route A

Component 1 - Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (50%)
This component covers: Relationships, Life & Death, Good & Evil and Human Rights
It is assessed by a 2 hour exam
126 marks are available (6 SPAG)

Component 1 - Study of Christianity (25%)
This component covers: Christian Beliefs and Christian Practices
It is assessed by a 1 hour exam
66 marks are available (6 SPAG marks)

Component 1 - Study of a World Faith (25%)
This component covers: Sikh Beliefs and Sikh Practices
It is assessed by a 1 hour exam
60 marks are available

GCSE Programme of Study

 Year 10

Unit 1 - Christian beliefs

Unit 2 - Issues of Relationships

Unit 3 - Christian practices

Unit 4 - Issues of Human Rights

Unit 5 - Sikh beliefs


Year 11

Unit 1 - Issues of Life and Death

Unit 2 - Sikh practices

Unit 3 - Issues of Good and Evil

Unit 4 - Exam practice and retrieval


KS4 CORE - Year 10

Unit 1 - What issues are raised by war and conflict?

Unit 2 - How could we and why should we reduce racism in our communities?

Unit 3 - Can suffering be explained?


KS4 CORE - Year 11

Unit 1 - What role does ethics play in early life and end of life care?

Unit 2 - In what ways is it acceptable for humans to use and interact with animals?

Unit 3 - How should we care for the planet?

Resources

KS3 - We use a range of different websites and resources as appropriate. The KS3 Religious Studies BBC Bitesize site offers a good range of key information guides and videos which support the different religious and non-religious world views studied. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zh3rkqt

GCSE

The specification for our GCSE course can be found using this link. We follow route A and study Sikhi (Sikhism) as our world faith. -

BBC Bitesize pages have been written specifically for our specification and break the course down into manageable chunks. In the first link Christianity and Sikhism are the appropriate pages and in the second the links to the Philosophy and Ethics topics under Christianity are relevant.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z68sjhv
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z3xvfcw

Other links and resources will be shared with the students as we progress through the course on Google classroom.

Homework

KS3 - Homework tasks will take you beyond the units of work we are studying. This might include going on a virtual tour of an important site, watching a short video, listening to a piece of music, reading an extract from a book, and other types of task. This will enable students to see where Religious Studies happens in the world and bring it with them into the classroom.

GCSE - Homework tasks are designed to help students build up revision skills from the start of the course. Students will be directed towards a particular area of the course we have studied. They then have a menu of different revision and retrieval activities they can complete around the specified topic. As the course progresses students will have a bank of resources they can then return to for future revision tasks in preparation for assessments and exams.