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Religious Studies

Subject Head: Tim Harvey

Contact: tharvey@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

KS3 Religious Studies

Course outline 

During their first three years at Farmor’s all students will study RS for two periods each week. Religious Studies at Farmor’s School will help students to understand the complex multi-faith and multicultural world in which they live. It will allow them the opportunity to explore the beliefs of the main faith systems in the United Kingdom and the world and consider how such beliefs help people to make sense of the world and of their own lives. Through lively classroom teaching, supported by trips to places of worship, students will engage with challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It will help to prepare them for the challenges of the future, help enable them to discern what is of value within and outside religious traditions, and contribute to their own personal development.

Course Detail 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

7

Introduction to Religious Studies

Judaism

Christianity

Islam

Ultimate Questions

Creation Stories

8

Buddhism

Hinduism

Sikhism

Belief into Action: Justice and Human Rights

Expressing Spirituality

Religion Today: Diversity

9

Why is there Suffering?

Matters of Life and Death

Preparation for GCSE: Christianity

GCSE Short Course: AQA Christianity: Ethics

Conflict

Global Concerns

KS4 Religious Studies

Specification: AQA Religious Studies (short course)

Course outline

Section A: The study of religions: beliefs and teachings of two religions: 

  • Christianity 
  • Islam

Section B: Thematic studies: religious, philosophical and ethical studies:

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion, peace and conflict
What should students expect to do during the course?

The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning; express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. 

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

There is one 1 hour 45 minutes written paper at the end of Y10 (96 marks plus 5 marks for spelling, grammar and specialist terminology) There is no coursework.