Religious Studies Department

Mr C Blango, Head of Department

The main objective of religious studies is to make the boys aware of global citizenship; that Britain and the world consists of a cosmopolitan society. It is our responsibility to understand and consider each person to the best of our ability.

‘Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.’

Martin Luther King

By doing this, each boy learns the one key point that all religions and the school believe in – treat others as you would wish to be treated. This is not just something we teach academically but it is a rule to live by and is hopefully something that will stay with every boy throughout his life. In essence, we strive to build the boys to become well rounded global citizens.

We aim to make religious studies exciting and memorable for every boy. Whether this is by workshops, trips, discussions, white-board activities, projects or life lessons, we want to engage them in a subject that is both fascinating and relevant to today’s ever changing society, whilst understanding that religious studies is not so much about religion but the values of religion as a whole.

Beliefs and religion are part of people’s make up and religious people are all around us. The more we know about what people believe and what they value, the more we will understand each individual and the way in which we can contribute to a better society.

In Years 3 – 6 boys are introduced to the six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. During this time they will explore various topics, including festivals, places of worship, important people and faiths and beliefs. Lessons are delivered as visually as possible and in Years 3 – 4 are more activity-based. In Years 7 – 8 we explore Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments and debate the relevance of each in relation to contemporary issues.

In Year 9 boys begin preparation for their GCSE and we look at some of the philosophical topics that have kept mankind thinking for ages; we compare different religions’ thoughts on these during our ethics units. The aim of all this is to develop the boys ability to debate and argue a point of view and to use his knowledge to support his point of view.

In Years 10 – 11 religious studies is an optional AQA full course; in Year 10 the students study Mark’s Gospel and pupils are tested on their knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the Gospels and their influence on Christians’ lives today. In Year 11 they study Christian Ethics; in this course students are expected to reflect on their own and other people’s opinions on relevant modern-day topics.

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