Article Index Religious Studies The Department Key Skills Visits and Vistors All Pages Welcome to the Religious Studies and Philosophy Departmen Mrs R Fearns-Davies Head of Department and whole school ITT / NQT Coordinator Mrs J Houlden Teacher of RS and General Studies Mr J Stevens Head of Citizenship and Teacher of RS Religious Studies provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our Department aims to assist every pupil in developing skills that will enable them to interpret some of the key beliefs and ideas that are prevalent in both our ever evolving multi- cultural society and the wider world. We encourage our pupils to be active thinkers and develop their own values and ideas and be able to express these in a sensitive manner, showing respect to both themselves and others around them. In Years 7 to 9 students follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus. They cover a range of topics looking at several of the main religions and ultimate questions. They get the opportunity to explore religious and philosophical beliefs and ideas. Such as ‘Is there a God’?and ‘Is there life after death’. In Years 10 and 11 students all students either undertake a short or ful course GCSE in Religious Studies. This course allows students to build on their knowledge and understanding whilst exploring some key ethical issues. Topics include; Religion and Conflict and Religion and medicine. In Years 12 and 13 students may opt to follow the Advanced Level Philosophy and Ethics course. This is a fascinating course that enables students to explore a wide variety of philosophical topics. It is a highly regarded course that is heavily respected by Universities. Key skills developed through Religious Education: Investigation - asking questions, information gathering, collecting evidence, undertaking research. Interpretation - understanding meaning and symbolism. Reflection - listening, thinking and feeling about the meaning of experience, and ultimate questions. Empathy - appreciating with imagination the beliefs of others, seeing through the eyes of another. Evaluation - being able to debate issues using evidence, weighing up different views and ideas. Analysis - distinguishing between opinion, fact and belief. Synthesis - linking significant features of religion together, connecting different aspects of life. Application - making the connection between ideas and values, and real life. Expression - explaining concepts, rituals and practices. Furthermore, through an array of teaching methods and resources we aim to increase the following attributes in our pupils: Curiosity Feelings of Awe and Wonder Imagination Creativity Reflection and Contemplation Visits and Visitors In RS students get the opportunity to visit a variety of places of worship across the country, the Holocaust Centre, University sessions and theatre productions, allowing them to develop their learning further. In addition, we have a number of visitors from a wide variety of religious and secular organisations that come and speak to the students, giving them a first hand insight into the themes and questions being explored. What do some of the students say? “RS lessons really make me think and allow me to explore some big ultimate questions” “Studying RS throughout my time at school, has given me space and time to explore faith, beliefs and those questions that we wouldn’t normally get chance to think about” “Studying A-Level Philosophy and ethics has opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking, I have been able to explore key philosophical ideas and ethical systems. It has been the subject that has enabled me to develop skills that I know will be of use as I embark upon my University studies and beyond” “I love RS, my teacher is able to open our eyes to the religions of the world in a fun and creative manner”.