The Religious Studies department aims to create an understanding of religious concepts at an age appropriate level, looking at the key areas of beliefs and values, worship and symbols, festivals and celebrations, world religion, origins and founders, sacred texts, mystery and meaning, and people of faith.
Some of the key aims of the subject are to:
- Help pupils in their search for a meaning and purpose to life
- Create an awareness and respect for the religious side of life
- Discuss some of the basic moral issues in life
- Encourage pupils to be tolerant and respect others
- Help pupils understand basic religious ideas
- Introduce pupils to other religions and cultures
A diverse and stimulating programme
Throughout the Junior Department, Religious Studies is taught within the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), with a focus on religion around the world and its acceptance among all patrons. Here, a real understanding of the variety and difference in religion is harbored.
In Years 7 and 8 pupils study Old Testament and New Testament texts, and learn the skills needed to evaluate the role of these stories in relation to contemporary issues, which enables pupils to apply knowledge to real life situations. The aim is to build a bridge between the pupils’ experience and the meaning of the story, allowing pupils to relate the feelings of the characters in the stories to the feelings which pupils would have in similar situations. This also allows pupils to discuss moral issues in the modern world.