At Oastlers School Religious Studies (RS) challenges all learners to explore different cultures and to discuss the key global issues that confront humanity in the 21st century. Learners will develop their understanding of different religious beliefs, cultures, backgrounds and views so they develop a positive attitude towards all of humanity. RS is much more than simply exploring a person’s religious persuasion, it is a vehicle which allows learners the opportunity to explore all aspects of community cohesion so that they can exist in a peaceful and harmonious world.
At Key Stage 3 in Year 7 learners be introduced to the key beliefs and practices of world religions. Learners will explore the origins of major faiths and understand what it means to be a part of that religion. Through this, learners will be in a position to reflect upon their own beliefs and experiences and develop empathy, tolerance, compassion, cultural awareness, acceptance and critical thinking skills. Cross curricular links will be made to scaffold learners’ progression and help lessons be more interactive. There is an emphasis on written and discussion activities during the many topics covered in RS.
At Key Stage 4 learners will delve deeper into questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own values and attitudes towards religious issues. Learners will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work through abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. These skills will help prepare for GCSE examination specifically the AQA Religious Studies.
The school has elected to study religious, philosophical and ethical studies intricately linked to family and religion, peace and conflict through Christianity and Judaism.
Experiential learning is important at Oastlers and where possible will be implemented to support RS. Links have been made with Interfaith Bradford who will arrange visits to religious places. It is essential that our learners’ experience as much interaction with the outside world as possible to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the communities in which live amongst. Some learners may have not visited any religious places, visits of this nature will help develop a deeper appreciation of different religions in practice.
The impact of the RS experience will be not only develop positive character building outcomes, but also a GCSE qualification. We consider RS an important subject that provides learners with the skills and confidence to prepare them to move onto a Post 16 destination with a sound understanding of different religions, beliefs and culture, skills that lend themselves to a whole host of career opportunities. Further, it is essential that learners develop positive attitudes and respect towards others who have different beliefs, views and lived experiences that enrich the society in which we live.