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Religious Studies

The RS department at QEGS follows the Barnet Agreed Syllabus and strives to create imaginative, engaging and challenging lessons for all year groups.

As a department we feel that students should experience a variety of learning and assessment styles giving all students the chance to shine in their particular area of excellence.

RS is concerned with developing both understanding of the religious world around us and reflecting on how our diversity of beliefs influence out actions in the world.

Key Stage 3

In accordance with the Barnet agreed syllabus for Religious Studies the following topics are taught.

Year 7
The Island – Rites and Responsibilities
Religious Revelation – The Buddha, Sikh Gurus and Muhammed (p.b.u.h)
Judaism

Year 8
Jesus and Christianity
Eastern Faiths 
People of Vision
Environment and the Sacred – Studying Native American Indian beliefs.

Year 9
Islam
Religion, Cults, Sects and Hollywood 
The Holocaust
GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics OCR Course

Assessment
Students are expected to complete one formal assessment for each unit of work which will be assessed according to National Curriculum Levels. These pieces of work could take the form of a written assessment, presentation, project or a test. Students are assessed in RS in two ways:

Assessment Target 1: LEARNING ABOUT RELIGIONS
This attainment target refers to how pupils develop their knowledge, skills and understanding with reference to:

beliefs, teachings and sources;
practices and ways of life;
forms of expression.

Assessment Target 2: LEARNING FROM RELIGION
This attainment target refers to how pupils, in the light of their learning about religion, express their responses and insights with regard to questions and issues about:

identity and belonging;
meaning, purpose and truth;
values and commitments.

Throughout the year there will be assessment of students work carried out by teaching staff both within class and as part of homework activities. Students are also encouraged to assess both their own and their peers work on a regular basis.

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Check her planner for homework tasks and submission dates
  • Engage in discussions with her about the questions that she has been considering in RS lessons

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics – 

Hours of Study:

  • Year 10 2 hours over 2 weeks
  • Year 11 3 hours over 2 weeks

Studying RS is a legal requirement and all students in Year 10 and 11 at QEGS study follow the OCR GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics B course. At the end of the course they gain a full GCSE. They will sit four 1 hour papers where they choose 2 topics to answer from on each paper in the following units:

Philosophy 1: Deity, Religious and Spiritual Experience, End of Life
Belief about deity
Religious and spiritual experience
The end of life

Philosophy 2: Good and Evil, Revelation, Science
Good and evil
Religion, reason and revelation
Religion and science

Ethics 1: Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth
Religion and human relationships
Religion and medical ethics
Religion, poverty and wealth

Ethics 2: Peace and Justice, Equality, Media
Religion, peace and justice
Religion and equality
Religion and the media
Further syllabus information can be found at www.ocr.org.uk

Name of Subject:  Religious Studies Philosophy and Applied Ethics
Examination Board and Syllabus: OCR J621

Assessment Full Course
Each unit has a one hour written paper.
Each paper is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.

Philosophy 1: Deity, Religious and Spiritual and the End of Life
Philosophy 2: Good and Evil, Revelation and Science

Ethics 1: Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth
Ethics 2: Peace and Justice, Equality and Media

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Check your daughter's planner and homework progression.
  • Engage in discussions with her about the issues that she has been studying in her lessons.
  • Encourage her to read or watch the news as there will be something every day that relates to the course.

Extra Curricular

Visiting Speakers throughout the year
Visiting a place of worship
Year 10 GCSE – V & A Museum ‘Sacred Treasures’
Philosophy and Ethics Conference (KS5)
Easter Residential (KS4 & 5) Destinations have included Rome, Athens and Istanbul
Catch up club – Thursday after school 3.30 – 4.30 this is a study session for students that are either referred for catch up or can come voluntarily for revision purposes.