The department follows the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire ‘Living Difference.’ This syllabus does not prescribe the content of lessons but the method that is used to promote high quality learning and higher level thinking. The department supports students in developing their own pattern of values and beliefs which will help them in the complex world in which they live. In doing this we ask students to reflect on their own cultural, spiritual, moral and social understanding. This follows the spirit of the Education Acts that guide schools in England and Wales. Students will achieve these things through the study of religious concepts, beliefs and practices and will learn to interpret and respond to these things in their own way as they construct meaning in their own and others’ lives.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 students begin with a study of the Seven Dimensions of Religion. This gives them a method for exploring the complex nature of religion in human life. Then they use this understanding to study a world religion and are then able to identify the different dimensions of religion in Sikhism. The rationale behind this is that students will be able to recognize and understand religious culture wherever they encounter it in their lives and on their travels. Year 7 is completed with a study of inspirational people and what impact they have made of human life. Year 8 will then move to an exploration of the figure of the Buddha and his vision. This will be followed by a study of Judaism with a focus on the state of Israel and the complex history of that region. Year 8 will finish with an introduction to philosophical enquiry and argument. This will include looking at arguments for and against the existence of God.
Key Stage 4
This key stage moves onto a study of Ethics, the science of right and wrong and human decision making. Students study sexual ethics within the context of relationships education. They explore some of the most current thinking in medical ethics and we use Christian ethical views and non- religious humanist approaches to help students through this topic. Crime and Punishment is studied in year 10 with a focus on the aims of punishment followed by Equality, Peace and Justice
Frequently Asked Questions
What is it that is so amazing about your subject
We are a set of specialist teachers with expert knowledge of religious studies and philosophy. Our curriculum is varied and relevant to the world our students will one day find their place in.
What is it that you guys do so well
Lessons are carefully planned with good, specially designed resources. We use our technology to help students learn to their best ability. We care about all of our students and take time to help each one achieve their potential. We form good relationships with our classes emphasising mutual respect.
Why do students enjoy your subject so much
We try hard to make the learning relevant to human experience and relate the learning to real life around the world. We use texts, stories, youtube and film to explore the world we live in.
What support do you offer
Patience and understanding first and foremost. We know our students are individuals and come to us with a range of experiences and ideas. We offer choice in many of the tasks we ask students to complete. We like the idea of students choosing a way of showing their understanding that suits them.
How rich is the curriculum (e.g. what do you offer)
Our curriculum is unusual in the breadth we offer. As well as exploring world religions and the rich cultures they come from, we also study philosophy from the ancient Greeks to more modern ethical ideas such as medical ethics.
We believe our subject contributes some important elements to the development of young people. We explore where our key ideas and values come from and we ask students to be critical. We practise argument and expressing personal opinions. As we live in a global world where we are increasingly connected and diverse, we take time to develop understanding of different viewpoints, even those we disagree with.