Mrs Hawke-Williams – Head of Department
Miss Taylor-Williams – Teacher of Religious Studies
Mrs Evans – Teacher of Religious Studies
Religious Studies plays a central role in the education and lives of students in The John Frost School. Religious Studies is not just for people who follow a religion; it is about understanding different beliefs, cultures and perspectives on the world and God. Religious Studies enables students to develop as individuals and as citizens in a diverse, multicultural society. It gives students an understanding of the influence and impact of religion on the lives of individuals, families, communities and cultures. Religious Studies encourages students to develop respect, tolerance and sensitivity to others, in particular, those whose faith and beliefs are different from their own. It will challenge students to think for themselves and develop their skills of understanding and reasoning.
Students are taught to critically evaluate beliefs, practices and teachings of religions and contemporary issues. Year 7 students start by considering what religion is and learn the tenants of the main world faiths. Year 8 students consider in more detail religious teaching and practices. Year 9 students start developing GCSE skills and study ethical questions related to suffering, laws, prejudice and stewardship. All students in Key Stage 3 undertake a termly homework project which builds upon the topics studied in class during the term. The aim is to highlight and build upon work undertaken in class and deepen students’ understanding through extended project based work.
All students in Key Stage 4 follow the WJEC short course. This consists of four modules: –
- Our World
- Looking for Meaning
- Is it Fair?
There is also the option to take Religious Studies as a full course subject in which students complete the short course modules in the first year and the following modules in the second year to attain a full GCSE qualification:
- Religious Expression
- Authority and the StateIn recent years, our students have performed extremely well producing excellent grades.
The AS/A level students study the following modules: –
- Philosophy and Ethics – Students study different approaches to philosophical and moral issues. This includes the study of sexual issues, the ethics of war and medical, genetic ethics, the existence or not of God and the nature of religious experience.
- Buddhism– A religion without God? The Buddhism course examines the life of Buddha and his main teachings, as well as Buddhist practice including meditation and the rules for both the laity and the monks. This course is great for those wanting to explore a very different philosophy of religion that is the polar opposite to the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It encourages both debate and evaluation of ideas.
The A2 course comprises of a further study of Philosophy, Ethics and Buddhism.
“I love being able to argue and debate my views on topics which affect our daily lives. It is really interesting finding out about other people and how they live their lives and what they believe.” (6th form student)