Mr F Olufola - Head of RE
Mr W Lines - 2 i/c Teacher of RE
Religious Studies KS3
Religious education 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. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religious traditions and other world views.
Religious Studies offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
Through the study of religions pupils will learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs. Students are challenged to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
We believe Religious Studies is particularly important in terms of encouraging pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community. It also develops key skills such as analysis and evaluation.
Religious Studies KS4
All students at Norlington will follow a GCSE Full Course in Religious Studies in Years 9 and 10. They will sit their GCSE exam at the end of Year 10.
We follow AQA Religious Studies A (8062). The course has two components:
1. The study of religions
Students learn about the beliefs, teachings and practices of two religions. We choose to study:
• Islam and
2. Thematic studies
Students study four different themes and apply teachings from Islam and Christianity to each of these. Currently we choose to study:
• Relationships and families
• Religion and Life
• Religion, peace and conflict; and
• Religion, crime and punishment
For full details of the specification and methods of assessment please visit the AQA website.
Religious Studies KS5
Students who choose to study Religious Studies will follow OCR Religious Studies (H173, H573). The course has three components:
1. Philosophy of Religion
Students study philosophical language and thought, and issues and questions raised by belief:
• Ancient philosophical influences
• The nature of the soul, mind and body
• Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
• The nature and impact of religious experience
• The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
• Ideas about the nature of God
• Issues in religious language.
2. Religion and Ethics
Students explore key concepts and the works of influential thinkers, ethical theories and their application:
• Normative ethical theories
• The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
• Ethical language and thought
• Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
• Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
3. Developments in Religious Thought
Students select one religion. We choose to study Islam. They explore:
Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world.
• Sources of religious wisdom and authority
• Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
• Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
• Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.
For full details of the specification and assessment please visit the OCR website.