Why do we learn Religious Studies?
Religious Studies is an insightful subject where pupils can explore a variety of faiths and their importance and influence within the wider world. pupils can express their own opinion and discuss the ethics behind each topic with their peers, as well as develop their ability to analyse, evaluate and think critically. Religious Studies is a subject for anyone interested in people’s behaviour, moral dilemmas and world issues. In Religious Studies, we encourage our pupils to ask questions, reflect and debate. We understand that rleigion surrounds our daily lives and here at Ark Boulton we aim to study through different types of differences that are visible all around you. We ensure that all our pupils at Ark Boulton are tolerant, respectuful and have a curious mind when learning about and from religion.
Head of Department
Miss M Leydon
In our lessons, we value honesty and compassion, as we teach our pupils to understand that everyone has different beliefs and practices, acknowledging that all beliefs should be treated with tolerance and kindness. In our lessons, we approach all topics in a respectful and considerate matter.
Phase/Key Stage introduction(s)
Through our KS3 Religious Studies curriculum, pupils explore the vast and diverse range of religious and non-religious ideas and traditions which have played and continue to play, a significant role in shaping Great Britain and the world. The curriculum takes an academically ambitious, knowledge-rich approach, enabling pupils to understand the universal questions which have preoccupied humankind through the ages and the diverse ways in which these questions have been answered. By studying some of the most significant and enduring ideas and traditions to have arisen through history, pupils’ understanding of the past, the modern world, humankind, and themselves are enriched. The curriculum ensures that pupils are prepared both intellectually and personally to engage in a complex, multi-religious and multi-secular world.
At KS4, pupils work towards a GCSE in Religious Studies, following the Edexcel B exam specification. As part of the study of Christianity, pupils will study the origins and explanations of Christian Beliefs and Practices, analyse key issues surrounding the family and society, including changing attitudes towards divorce and family types, and the stages of life from the beginning to end through questions such as “should assisted euthanasia be legalised?”.
When studying Islam in-depth, pupils will look at how the core beliefs are manifested, the causes and consequences of crime through questions such as “should we even punish criminals?” or “How effective is the death penalty?”, the impact of conflicts on modern societies and the impact of conscientious objectors, such as Muhammed Ali.