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Religious Studies

Religious Studies

At the heart of the study of Religious Studies at Francis Holland is the belief of philosophers such as Socrates that the supreme goal of education is to inculcate a critical engagement with all aspects of human life.

As a result the Religious Studies department is committed to fostering a spirit of inquiry in which students are encouraged to reflect on the fundamental questions of human existence.

In Religious Studies lessons, our students participate in debate and discussion using a number of methods and media. All of our students are encouraged to think outside of the box, and to have the confidence to bring fresh insights from their own engagement with life into the classroom context. While the great teachings and writings of theologians and philosophers are the focus of much of our study, we also enjoy exploring all aspects of popular culture, and we are as happy to talk about the words of the Buddha as we are the latest moral dilemma of a Desperate Housewives' character.

Staff

 The department is run by the Reverend Kenny MA whose primary focus is the teaching of GCSE and A level, supported by Ms Geraldine Gishen BA, University of Goldsmith's, and Mr Rob Cawley MA, Lancaster University. All members of the Religious Studies Department are committed to inspiring their students to delight in the study of all aspects of religious studies.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 to 9, your daughter will study a range of subjects. In Year 7, there is an introductory unit which is then followed by courses of study looking at Judaism, Jesus, and Environmental Ethics.  There is a strong emphasis on student participation, good citizenship, and the use of ICT in this course of study. In Years 8 and 9, students study aspects Asian Religions, Religion and Science, and explore some areas of the philosophy of religion.

Key Stage 4

All of years 10 and 11 are entered for GCSE Religious Studies (AQA Short Course) which has a twin focus on Islam and Christianity. The majority of students invariably attain an A*/A grade in this subject.

AS and A Level

Religious Studies in the Sixth Form is a very popular subject, and is studied in combination with a whole range of other subjects. It is academically rigorous, and students examine some of the ideas of the greatest minds to have ever lived. There is a great deal of space for debate and discussion, but also an explicit demand that students are willing to write essays of a sophisticated nature which reveal the ability to evaluate critically the views of others. Presently, we followed the OCR Religious Studies specification, which a clear focus on the Philosophy of Religion, Buddhist Philosophy and Religious Ethics. A number of students have further pursued their nascent love of this subject by pursuing it at university in a number of different academic departments.

Resources

The department is extremely well equipped, and has a significant range of written material to draw upon. We have a dedicated classroom which is decorated with religious art, and we have a substantial collection of artifacts. Recently, the department has begun to focus much more on the use of Information Technology in the classroom. We are exploring the use of a website, blogs, and podcasting as resources of learning for an increasingly technologically literate generation of young people.

Beyond the Classroom

The Religious Studies department encourages all of our students to explore many aspects of the subject beyond the classroom. The department has organized a number of trips to lectures and plays which have sought to explore philosophical and religious areas of life. A number of our students have also been involved periodically in the running of a Philosophy Society at which invited philosophers and academics have sought to stimulate debate and discussion. Such events provoke a great deal of debate and discussion, and have proved popular.

The unexamined life is not worth living

Socrates

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