Religious Education

At St Hilda’s we put Christian values at the heart of community.

Religious Studies is taught across all key stages. At KS3 we take a thematic approach to lessons, considering how different religions would respond to different ethical issues such poverty, prejudice and war. At KS4 all pupils study GCSE which comprised of two key strands.  Part 1 is a study of religion and consists of a detailed study of the key beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity & Islam.  Part 2 is thematic and focus’ on contemporary ethical issues and how Christianity and Islam respond to them. At KS5 we offer A-Level Religious Studies which consists of 3 components; philosophy of religion, religion and ethics and developments in Christian thought.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

What is RE like at St Hilda’s?

 

 

What can we learn from the bible?

 

What do different people believe about God?

 

Beliefs about life after death.

Religious leaders

 

 

 

Religious festivals

 

 

Year 8

Worship in Christianity.

 

 

Worship in Islam

Religious attitudes towards prejudice and discrimination.

 

Religious attitudes towards poverty.

Religious attitudes toward war and peace.

 

Rites of Passage

 

 

Religious attitudes towards the environment

Year 9

 

Looking for truth – Science v Religion

 

Why is there evil and suffering in the world?

A study of Judaism and the holocaust,

 

Sanctity of life

GCSE – Islamic Practices

 

GCSE – Religion, Peace & Conflict

As a department, we recognise the importance of meeting people of faith first hand and aim to prove students with as many out of the classroom learning opportunities as possible. We have well-established links with local places of worship visiting the Al-Rahma mosque and Anglican cathedral regularly.  Some students visited Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in February and every year we welcome the holocaust education trust and hear the testimony of survivors.

Years 7-9

At GCSE all pupils follow the AQA Specification A full course. This consists of two parts, the first a study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam and the second, a thematic study of contemporary ethical

GCSE/Other

Introduction including full details of specification

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Religion, peace and conflict

 

Exam skills

 

Islamic beliefs and teachings

 

Relationships and family

Christian beliefs and teachings

 

Exam skills

Year 11

Religion and life

 

 

 

 

Christian practices

 

Philosophy or Religious attitudes towards crime and punishment

 

Revision

Revision

Detailed specification is available at

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

 

Text books used:

Religious Studies GCSE Specification A Christianity – Oxford University Press

Religious Studies GCSE Specification A Islam – Oxford University Press

Religious Studies Specification A GCSE 1-9 – Hodder

GCSE AQA A Religious Studies (1-9) Revision guide – CGP

Information needed for St Hilda’s College Website:

A Level

We follow the OCR examination board. The course consists of 3 units; philosophy of religion, religious ethics and developments in Christian thought.  We aim to inspire your students to engage with major issues relevant to the 21st century, and to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of these.

Philosophy of religion:

This is the study of ideas and thinking. Candidates are expected to gain knowledge of Philosophers who have had a major influence on the world. The course will also examine the influence of, and the challenges to religion made by Darwin, Hume and Russell.  Students will discuss and critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of various arguments. 

Religious ethics:

This is a study of right and wrong. Students will critically examine a number of ethical theories and how they are applied to several key issues. The course will include applied ethics when students will carry out a detailed study of topics such as euthanasia, business ethics and sexual ethics.

Developments in Christian Thought

This is an attempt to explore the questions raised by religion (in this case Christianity) from the point of view of the beliefs Christians live by. It includes the study of key thinkers and themes such as what constitutes sin, sexuality, the afterlife, the person of Jesus, gender and liberation theology.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Philosophy of Religion

 

Religious Ethics

 

Philosophy of Religion

 

Religious Ethics

Philosophy of Religion

 

Religious Ethics

Year 13

Developments in Christian thought

 

 

Developments in Christian thought

 

Developments in Christian thought

 

 

Revision

 

Detailed specification is available at

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-religious-studies-h173-h573-from-2016/

Textbooks used:

Religious Studies A-Level Year 1 and AS – Wilkinson, Wilcockson & Campbell – Hodder

Religious Studies A-Level Year 2 – Wilkinson & Wilcockson – Hodder

Religious Studies A-Level Year 1 – Ahluwalia & Bowie – OPU

Religious Studies A-Level Year 2 – Ahluwalia & Bowie – OPU

Further reading/resources:

Please click here to view A Level philosophy reading list

Please click here to view DCT reading list

Please click here to A Level Ethics reading list