Subject: Religious Studies
Religious Studies – Mission Statement
Religious Studies at The Holly Hall Academy is non-confessional. It is not about making students into believers but tries to help them become literate and articulate about religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, as well as Christianity).
- Religious Studies provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality. Issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- It develops student’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these.
- It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
- It enhances student’s awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
- Students learn different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.
- It challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses this is emphasised within the teaching of ‘Philosophy for Children’ which underpins our student’s spiritual development.
- Religious Studies encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.
- Religious Studies has an important role in preparing students for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
- It promotes discernment and enables students to combat prejudice.
- We encourage students to be thoughtful members of a plural society, so that in learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst understanding more about the faith of other people they meet.
GCSE course offered
Current Year 10 and 11 students:
OCR World Religions B. Units B601 and B602 (Philosophy of Religion), B603 and B604 (Applied Ethics).
Full course; 4 units are studied and each unit is assessed by a one hour examination in which students are tested on their knowledge and understanding of religion plus their ability to evaluate and be able to give their own personal viewpoint.
Where can additional information about the curriculum be found?