Religion has always been with us. Throughout time it has explored the deepest questions human beings can ask and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures.
Helping the students of today become a better society for tomorrow
Religious Studies at Tabor is about teaching tolerance and understanding. It is about preparing students and giving them the skills to flourish as able and qualified participants of a multicultural, multi-faith society. The Religious Studies department at Tabor is a dedicated team who are committed to the students’ enjoyment and development in this vital subject.
Students will build upon prior knowledge of the six main world religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism) gained at primary school, but will now be encouraged to think philosophically about ‘big questions’, exploring religious views and their own.
Students will be encouraged to consider issues from a range of perspectives, listen to the views of others and share their own ideas in discussions. The programme of study at key stage three is designed to develop students’ critical reflection in relation to moral and philosophical issues. Furthermore, we aim to develop skills in discussion, reflection and empathy that can be used across the curriculum.
Students will use the knowledge gained in KS3 as a pathway to learning more about two of the six major world religions, Christianity, and Islam. Students will gain deeper knowledge of both of these religions: their religious beliefs, teachings and practices and how these affect their followers’ everyday lives. The primary aim of study at KS4 is to prepare students for their GCSE exams at the end of year 11. Students will study the following three components:
- Theme A Relationships and Families
- Theme B Religion and Life
- Theme D Religion. Peace and Conflict
- Theme E Religion, crime, and punishment
EXAM ENTRY INFORMATION
EXAM BOARD - AQA
HOW MANY EXAMS – Two exams lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes.
GCSE Results 2019
Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 39% grades 9-4.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/re/ AQA - To view the full AQA specification and Content of Study, please follow this link:
Useful websites for GCSE
- www.reonline.org.uk (best for accurate info!)
- www.truetube.co.uk (great for revision videos)
- www.re-definitions.org.uk (knowledge and key terms)
- https://educationresources.biblesociety.org.uk/gcse-religious-studies/aqa/ (to achieve the top Grades, students should be able to refer to scripture and teachings in their answers
The following websites support all ages KS3 / 4
- Watching the news regularly
- Crash Course is a YouTube channel started by John and Hank Green in association with PBS. It features videos on You Tube covering different aspects of Philosophy.
- A History of Ideas from the BBC Radio 4 programme is another collection of videos on YouTube. The series answers big questions answered and explains big theories in under 2 minutes from the BBC Radio 4 programme – A History of Ideas. The videos were scripted by philosopher Nigel Warburton. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLiykcLllCgPE0q9BiMexLFj-1rq9GUwX
- https://www.senecalearning.com/blog/gcse-religious-studies-revision/ (for some active revision)
- Google Classroom