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Religious Studies is a popular subject at GCSE and is taken by all students; it is active, challenging and all-encompassing. Students are given many enriching opportunities to experience religious and non-religious perspectives on a wide range of topics. Every year we have guest speakers from Amnesty, Tearfund, Devon Race Relations and visiting students from Israel who talk about Israel’s multi-cultural/ multi-religious society. We have also had representatives from the Army who have delivered presentations about conflict.
Year 7 begins with an introduction to world religions and includes topics on inspirational leaders such as Martin Luther King, Malala Yousefa and Desmund Tutu. In addition we explore the impact of religion on young people in a topic which looks at rights of passage and growing up in different faiths.
Year 8 begins with ‘Authority’ which explores many of the key themes and figures that will be studied at GCSE through art and discussion. We then journey to the East to focus on some aspects of Sikh and Buddhist lifestyle. From here we look at some ethical and moral questions exploring global issues such as gender equality and race and ultimate questions like ‘is there life after death?’.
In Year 9, we begin with a topic exploring the holocaust and introducing students to the style of writing they will experience for their GCSE. We then focus on the beliefs of Islam and beliefs and practices in Christianity which form part of one of the GCSE papers. In addition, we study one of the four themes needed for GCSE which looks at Peace and Conflict.
We examine Islamic practices which completes the religion's paper content. Then further themes are studied looking at relationships and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, marriage and gender equality. We also look at crime and punishment and discuss the use of prisons, the justice system and the death penalty.
We focus on revising key areas of both papers (Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices/ thematic studies) and fully preparing students for their GCSE examinations. All of these highly relevant and topical issues are explored through discussion, debate, presentations and opportunities to show empathy. Students will be able to demonstrate confidence expressing opinions on a wide variety of issues and gain credit for their reasoned opinions in the exam.