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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Religious Studies

‘When educating the minds of the youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.’ Dalai Lama

‘Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.’  Albert Einstein

Head of department/faculty: Mrs N Ockerby

Introduction to Course (include SMSC reference here)

Religious Studies increases understanding of people and today’s society by exploring the relevance of religious beliefs, values and traditions to some central questions and issues in human life and experience.  The subject enables students to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and to contribute to social and community cohesion
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.

Studying Religious Studies will provide students the opportunity to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning
  • Express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.Students should be able to recall, select and organise relevant knowledge; describe, analyse and explain the relevance and application of a religion or religions; and thirdly, be able to evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues, using relevant evidence and argument.

Subject content KS4 

The themes of relationships, life and death, good and evil and human rights are studied from the perspective of Christianity and Islam, as well as non-religious belief, in preparation for a paper on religious , philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world.  Also studied are the religions of Christianity and Islam where the beliefs, teachings and practices are investigated.

Exam board KS4: Eduqas Religious Route A

Typical lesson activities  

 Discussion, videos, textbook work and research.

Contact details for any questions: nockerby@readinggirlsschool.net or eedwards@readinggirlsschool.net