World Views and Religious Studies
In Worldviews we want instil a curiosity of the world into every student, developing them into critical thinkers who can confidently question the world they live in. The aim of Worldviews is to give students the opportunity to learn about different cultures, perspectives and philosophies from around the world at present and in the past. Understanding how worldviews can influence peoples’ actions and behaviour can enable students to reflect on the impact they can have on the society around them. Worldviews is about equipping students with the knowledge and skill for life in the 21st Century.
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Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
5 year learning journey
Religious Studies is intellectually exciting because it provides access to the mystery of the other. Religious Studies provides the opportunity to understand, with depth and nuance, the many beliefs and rituals that move persons to appreciate the alternative world of the religious reality. Studying theology and world views gives you insight into humanity's history and its present, and develops key skills such as critical thinking and analytical writing. The exploration of Theology and Religious Studies will give you the skills to analyse writing, concepts and arguments in a wide range of contexts.
At KS3 students complete a Challenge Question three times over a term. The first attempt is based on their opinions and ideas and a mark out of 12 is recorded but not given to students. The second attempt is the first review and students are given a structure strip to help them include the beliefs and ideas required. This is marked and an individual mark is given back to all students. The final attempt is given as part of Assessment Week and students are given a mark for the overall assessment as well as for the Challenge Question. This happens every term.
At KS4 students will continue with the format of KS3 but exam questions will be used as part of the assessment process.
Students are given whole class feedback on their first attempt and given an activity to complete to help them improve on their work. Following the first review (second attempt) of the Challenge Question, students are given individualised feedback and time in the lesson to put their feedback into action, asking questions for clarification where necessary. All assessments for Assessment Week and the final Challenge Question attempt are given individual feedback via the marking sheet attached to the assessment. Time is then given for students to improve and develop their answers.
Learning beyond the classroom
Trips and Visits
Visits to key places of worship like St Paul’s Cathedral and a local Buddhist Temple to experience living religion.
Useful websites to support learning
Crash Course Philosophy on Youtube
Truetube for videos based on religion and philosophy/ethics
The Odyssey by Homer
BBC Bitesize for GCSE revision (can be used by KS3 too).
The Root of all evil by Richard Dawkins