GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

World Views and Religious Studies

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Intent

In Worldviews we aim to 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, which supports the development of students cultural competency and capital. 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, skills and appreciation for life in the 21st Century.

Learning hours

Year group 7 8 9 10
Learning hours per week 1 1 1 2

Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Year group 7 8 9 10 11
Topics

How do we know something is real?

Are we all equal?

Do our actions affect our future?

How do we decide what is right and wrong?

Why do we suffer?

Do we need religion if we have science?

What do we mean by family?

Do religions promote rights?

Is religion dangerous?

Christian beliefs

Religion, crime and punishment

Buddist beliefs

Religion, war and peace

Religion, relationships and family

Christian practices

Beddhist Practices

Religion and life

Knowledge

Understanding what makes a religion and culture

How religion and culture links to equality and diversity

How do our actions impact our future?

How ethical decisions are made

What are the consequences of suffering and how this can impact us?

Relationship between religion and science whilst comparing and contrasting the two. 

Family dynamics in different types of families 

The role of men and women

Human rights

Dangers associated to religion and whether they are justified (links to PSHE)

Fundamental Christian and Buddhist beliefs

How Christians and Buddhists respond to criminal sanctions

How religions respond to peace and  confilct

Religious perspective on roles within the family 

Christian and Buddhist practices and beliefs into action

Issues that affect life including controversial, ethical issues

Skills

Discussion

Speech writing

Talk tactics

Think pair share

Talk tactics

Debating 

Think pair share

Talk tactics

Debating 

Debating

Talking tactics

Socratic questioning and answering 

Think pair share

Socratic questioning and answering 

Critical thinking 

5 year learning journey

Through the study of world views and religious studies, there is a significant contribution to students personal development. PSHE also prvides opportunities for pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

We learn from religion through discussion and questioning and support students to develop their self-awareness and understand values are important to them. We allow students time and space to develop these themselves in accordance with their age expectations. This is vital to enable children to develop confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-discipline and responsibility. Lessons engage students in questions that are difficult to answer. Students have a great wealth of ideas which they share in their written work as well as through discussion and debate which supports the development of oracy. Students feel their voices are valued.

World-views-5-year-learning-journey.pdf

Specification

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062/changes-for-2022

Careers

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 an insight into humanity's history and its present, whilst developing 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.

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Assessment 

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. 

 

Feedback

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 and the final Challenge Question attempt are given individual feedback via the marking proforma which is built into the assessment. Important reflection time is then given for students to improve and develop their answers even further.

Links to PSHE

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enable students to become resilient, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our students to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community through encouragment to participate in extra curricular opportunities. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. 

PSHE and worldviews promote students to critically think and actively listen to the opinions of others, which can enable students to develop their own informed ideas and opinions. 

At MHS, PSHE is taught as a discrete subject for 1 hour a week. The PSHE curriculumm is aligned with not only World Views, but English, History, Sociology, Psychology and Science. PSHE  in our school follows the Framework for PSHE, given as non-statutory guidance in the National Curriculum.

The aims of PSHE and worldviews are to enable the children to:

  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • Be aware of safety issues
  • Understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • Have respect for others regardless of race, gender and mental and physical disability
  • Be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • Be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • Develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community
  • Understand the importance of consent and how to identify a toxic relationship (which is futher supported by the SEMH groups)
  • Mental and physical wellbeing 

Learning beyond the classroom

Extracurricular clubs

Debate Club

Meridian Talks

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