Religous Studies FAQ

 

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The aim or the Religious Studies curriculum is to expand pupils’ knowledge of the world’s diversity and develop enquiring minds that embrace the different values, ideas and cultures around them.

 

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The aim or the Religious Studies curriculum is to expand pupils’ knowledge of the world’s diversity and develop enquiring minds that embrace the different values, ideas and cultures around them.

What can a student expect from the Faculty?


  • Qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality first teaching designed to challenge, inspire and ensure progression
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future




Vision & Aims


At DVHS our Religious Studies curriculum is designed to expand students’ knowledge of the world’s diversity and to develop enquiring minds that embrace the different values, ideas and cultures around them. In Religious Studies we aim to develop well-rounded individuals who can make positive contributions to society whilst considering their own opinions on the ultimate meaning of life. Throughout the study units we pose enquiry and theoretically based questions that provoke curiosity and passion. We embed debate and discussion skills where students are encouraged to articulate their opinions accurately and where they are able to frame evidence based arguments. Students explore different cultures and spirituality, being encouraged to make informed and balanced judgements. The vital skills of self-expression, empathy and the ability to display tolerant attitudes underpin everything we achieve in Religious Studies across the Key Stages at DVHS.

While the Religious Studies curriculum is largely informed by Blackburn with Darwen SACRE’s Local Agreed Syllabus, we approach topics in ways that engage students whilst developing essential problem solving and academic skills.




Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview


The Religious Studies Curriculum has been designed in line with the locally-agreed syllabus provided by Blackburn with Darwen SACRE. We follow an enquiry-based approach to learning which focuses on improving standards of religious literacy and academic rigour; it is designed to be the ideal platform for further study of the subject. Ethical debates and deep thinking are integral parts of the Religious Studies curriculum at DVHS.

Our curriculum revolves around introducing students to key world faiths. Every student will be challenged to reflect upon different concepts of God; the key practices of each faith and their respective authoritative texts. The curriculum gives students a gateway to Religious diversity and to inspire students to give evaluative thought on the ultimate questions of life. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the key faiths Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. They will be expected to apply their knowledge of ethical issues to debates around war, prejudice, discrimination and the concept of evil.

Students go on to more in depth study of certain religions such as Christianity, Islam Judaism and Buddhism. These studies of practice, philosophy and beliefs enable our students to broaden their understanding of different cultures. They are given opportunities to discover more about the intricacies of world faiths which develops tolerance and their ability to empathise with others.

The curriculum also includes a variety of themed studies. These themes allow students to explore the practical applications of religions and to examine ethical issues surrounding crime and punishment, relationships and families, the existence of God and the very nature of our society.

The Religious Studies curriculum sequentially introduces solid factual foundations of the six major world religions, before building upon these roots by tackling a wide variety of ethical topic explorations. Ethical debates and deep thinking continues across Y7-10, preparing students for decision making and moral choices in the wider world.

The course is an amalgamation of religious ideas and ethical practices, allowing students to delve into controversial topics whilst giving a consideration of their own values, expanding their own world view and providing a deeper understanding of the world beyond our shores. This allows for a broader and deeper understanding of the subject content.

These studies permit students to prepare for a vast assortment of careers including law, healthcare, medical or business ethics or further study of Philosophy and Ethics at A Level, degree level and beyond.




Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview


The Religious Studies Curriculum has been designed in line with the locally-agreed syllabus provided by Blackburn with Darwen SACRE. We follow an enquiry-based approach to learning which focuses on improving standards of religious literacy and academic rigour; it is designed to be the ideal platform for further study of the subject. Ethical debates and deep thinking are integral parts of the Religious Studies curriculum at DVHS.

Our curriculum revolves around introducing students to key world faiths. Every student will be challenged to reflect upon different concepts of God; the key practices of each faith and their respective authoritative texts. The curriculum gives students a gateway to Religious diversity and to inspire students to give evaluative thought on the ultimate questions of life. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the key faiths Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. They will be expected to apply their knowledge of ethical issues to debates around war, prejudice, discrimination and the concept of evil.

Students go on to more in depth study of certain religions such as Christianity, Islam Judaism and Buddhism. These studies of practice, philosophy and beliefs enable our students to broaden their understanding of different cultures. They are given opportunities to discover more about the intricacies of world faiths which develops tolerance and their ability to empathise with others.

The curriculum also includes a variety of themed studies. These themes allow students to explore the practical applications of religions and to examine ethical issues surrounding crime and punishment, relationships and families, the existence of God and the very nature of our society.

The Religious Studies curriculum sequentially introduces solid factual foundations of the six major world religions, before building upon these roots by tackling a wide variety of ethical topic explorations. Ethical debates and deep thinking continues across Y7-10, preparing students for decision making and moral choices in the wider world.

The course is an amalgamation of religious ideas and ethical practices, allowing students to delve into controversial topics whilst giving a consideration of their own values, expanding their own world view and providing a deeper understanding of the world beyond our shores. This allows for a broader and deeper understanding of the subject content.

These studies permit students to prepare for a vast assortment of careers including law, healthcare, medical or business ethics or further study of Philosophy and Ethics at A Level, degree level and beyond.




Extra-Curricular Clubs






Miss Schofield

Head of Religous Studies