“Religious Studies develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
By exploring issues within and across faiths, pupils learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.”
The National Curriculum
Our aim in teaching Religious Studies is that all pupils:
- Learn about Religion (Attainment Target 1): this includes the ability to identify, name, describe and give accounts, in order to build a coherent picture of each religion; explain the meaning of religious language, stories and symbolism; explain similarities and differences between, and within, religions.
- Learn from Religion(Attainment Target 2): this includes the ability to give an informed and considered response to religious and moral issues; reflect on what might be learnt from religions in the light of one’s own beliefs and experience; identify and respond to questions of meaning within religions.
Religious Studies from Transition to Year Eight is developed using the following skills:
During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, Religious Studies lessons focus on teaching the children to understand the common elements of Bible stories including Christmas and Easter and on developing a caring approach to other people.
In Key Stage Two, pupils continue to develop their knowledge of Christianity and of other world religions.
During Key Stage Three pupils build upon study topics they have covered during Key Stage Two. The topics include:
- World Religions
- Old Testament and Contemporary Issues
- New Testament and Contemporary Issues
- Contemporary Figures
Pupils acquire a broad familiarisation with the Bible and express their own viewpoint about contemporary issues today. Pupils from a range of religious backgrounds have the opportunity to answer questions about their own religion. Thorough revision of examination and essay writing technique is required.
Homework is introduced from Year Six and is used to support Religious Studies through tasks such as:
- encouraging discussion of topics at home
- finding answers to questions posed in school through the use of text books, the internet and interviews with friends and family
- bringing artefacts from home into school for display and discussion
- practicing essay writing technique and analytical skills
Teachers monitor pupils’ progress through:
- Small group discussion and written work.
- Labelling and accuracy of religious pictures
- Role plays
- Termly assessments of AT1 and AT2
- Specific assignments/projects