THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Religious Studies

Contact: Mr K. James

Course Aims

In R.S. we aim for all students to develop a love of learning and an interest in exploring cultural diversity. We want students to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in, and respect for, other peoples’ faiths, feelings and values. In addition, students should understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.

Course Content

In Year 7, students will follow a thematic study of religion through a variety of medium that includes ‘story’, games, artefacts, presentations and teamwork, as well as the more usual range of teaching strategies. Students will study: Signs and Symbols (Religious and Non-Religious), their use and meaning within religion and society; Founders of the Six Major World Faiths and their impact on Belief and Practice in the modern world; Festivals In the Six Major World Faiths including the importance and significance of celebration and community in society today; Sacred texts, including the relevance, importance, history and impact within the 21st Century.

In Year 8, students will study Science and Religion and Rites of Passage where they are encouraged to challenge the way they think about: Creation and World Views - through and exploration of different creation stories; Evolution and Darwinism; Mysteries and Rites of Passage including birth, initiation, marriage and death (and beyond?). At the end of Year 8, students will return to our original question of “What is Religion”.

In Year 9, students will explore three major world religions focusing on Belief, Practices, Ethics and Source of Authority: Hinduism; Judaism; Christianity. As Religious Studies is a compulsory subject, throughout Key Stage 3 we aim to develop students’ powers of analysis as well as empathy. Students study the richness and diversity of Religion, Culture and Society and consider the impact on self and community.

Extra Curricular Activities

Various trips; competitions; ‘Make a Difference’ projects.

Course Assessment

Grade Assessment Detail
9 Students demonstrate exceptional knowledge with exceptional understanding and insight into all aspects of religion; describe reason, analyse and explain the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings and practices of any of the world faiths they have been studying; demonstrate superb informed insight in their evaluation and without fail, evaluate a variety of points of view to reach evidenced judgements and conclusions based on an exceptional grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
8 Students demonstrate exceptional knowledge with excellent understanding and insight into all aspects of religion; can describe reason, analyse and explain the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings and practices of any of the world faiths they have been studying; demonstrate excellent and informed insight in their evaluation and evaluate a variety of points of view to reach evidenced judgements and conclusions based on an excellent grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
7 Students demonstrate excellent knowledge with very high levels of understanding and insight into all aspects of religion; can describe reason, analyse and explain the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings and practices of many of the world faiths they have been studying; demonstrate excellent insight in their evaluation and they can evaluate a variety of points of view to reach evidenced judgements and conclusions based on a high level grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
6 Students demonstrate very good knowledge with very competent understanding and insight into different aspects of religion; can describe reason and explain the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings and practices of some of the world faiths they have been studying; ; demonstrate an informed insight in their evaluation and evaluate a variety of points of view to reach judgements and conclusions based on a very good grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
5 Students demonstrate good knowledge with a good understanding of religion; can describe, explain and reason many of the beliefs, teachings and practices of faiths. They show good awareness of the meaning and importance of religion (s) and / or the beliefs studied; demonstrate mostly informed insight in their evaluation and can evaluate a variety of points of view but may not always reach evidenced judgements and conclusions. They show a good grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
4 Students demonstrate sound knowledge with sound understanding of religion; can describe and explain the significance of many of the world religions’ beliefs, teachings and practices of faiths; show sound awareness of the meaning and importance of religion (s) and / or the beliefs studied; demonstrate a sound insight in their evaluation and evaluate a number of points of view to reach judgements and conclusions based on a sound grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
3 Students demonstrate some knowledge with a reasonable understanding of religion; can describe with some reasoning some beliefs, teachings and practices of some faiths; show some awareness of the meaning and importance of religion (s) and / or the beliefs studied; They can sometimes recognise that there are differing viewpoints, even within one issue and their evaluation is a little limited but they can sometimes reach a conclusion based on a partial grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.
2 Students demonstrate limited knowledge with some understanding of religion; can describe with some basic reasoning some beliefs, teachings and practices of some faiths; show limited awareness of the meaning and importance of religion (s) and / or the beliefs studied.; can use some argument but not always supported by any evidence when responding to religious beliefs, morals and ultimate questions; can occasionally recognise that there is more than one side to an issue and they can occasionally demonstrate a judgement or a conclusion based on their basic knowledge of religious belief, issues and questions.
1 Students demonstrate basic knowledge with limited understanding of religion. They can describe but with little reasoning some beliefs, teachings and practices of some faiths; show little or no awareness of the meaning and importance of religion (s) and / or the beliefs studied; use limited argument and it is never reasoned or supported on any religious belief, morals or ultimate questions; fail to recognise that there is a complexity of issues and demonstrate very little if any, informed insight in their evaluation. They may jump to a conclusion with a limited grasp of religious belief, issues and questions.