"Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”Voltaire
In recent years the Religious Studies curriculum at HLC has been overhauled from bottom to top to bring the subject into the 21st century and to do away with the subject’s sometimes outdated reputation. At HLC we see religion as a fundamental element to understanding humanity in all its forms. With over five billion people on Earth considering themselves as part of a religion the study of its traditions and practices is of paramount importance in an ever more fractious world. We deal with a wide range of ethical and philosophical ideas leading to multiple opportunities for structured debate where the sharing of constructive opinions is positively encouraged. We aim to foster an understanding and appreciation of faith and different religious perspectives. We encourage students to consider their own spirituality – whether this be faith based or not – and develop their opinions on the world around them. Our broad curriculum is inclusive and faith based but not faith promoting allowing students to understand that today Religious Studies is more relevant than it has ever been.
The KS3 Religious Studies curriculum has been designed to provide a wide ranging overview of world religion, both its belief systems and its application to the modern world. In Year 7 we aim to study the history and practices of religions that might be familiar to our students in order for them to further understand their peers; this involves a focus on the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. However, we also cover religions that may not be as well represented in their communities to give them a broader knowledge of the similarities and differences that occur, namely Hinduism and Buddhism. As students progress into Year 8 they are able to take the principles of these religions and apply them to a range of modern world issues and ideas such as the environment and prejudice. In Year 9 we develop these fundamental concepts and their personal opinions further through a study of philosophy, existential questions and ethical debates around issues such as animal rights and capital punishment.
At KS4 students will undertake the Edexcel Religious Studies B course. This is comprised of two areas of study; Religion and Ethics in Islam and Religion, Peace and Conflict in Christianity. This is an ideal follow on from the learning journey undertaken by students in KS3 as it acutely develops their building blocks of knowledge on these two faiths before applying it to complex and relevant modern world issues.
Key Stage 3 students will be given 1 piece of homework per topic. The aim of the task will be to retrieve and develop subject knowledge for application in class quizzes and assessments.
Key Stage 4 students will be given 1 piece of homework per week. This will cover a range of activities including preparation and review of subject knowledge through the use of GCSEpod, knowledge organisers, quizzes and student produced notes/reviews. These activities will tie in with planned weekly/monthly review points.