Religious Studies

Religious Studies at Cranbourne aims to:

  • Encourage pupils to explore and respond to how human beings have made sense of their existence and the world around them, whilst being given the opportunity to explore the meaning, purpose and value of life.
  • Contribute to the development of pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the ‘Living Difference’ religion makes to people’s lives, which forms the heart of beliefs and practices of Christianity and the other major religious traditions represented in Great Britain.
  • Link the investigation of human experience to religious tradition and raise pupil awareness that religion can share features with the secular world.

The emphasis of the department is on teaching Religious Studies as an academic subject and a high standard of work is expected from pupils. Homework is set regularly and pupil’s progress is closely monitored through assessments and records of achievement. Our approach is in accordance with the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus and we aim to engender a spirit of enquiry and interest in our pupils rather than fostering any particular religious standpoint.

A considerable amount of teaching time is given to learning about world faiths although we place a greater emphasis upon the teaching of Christianity as Religious tradition in Great Britain is in the main Christian.

The department seeks to deliver the teaching of RS within an environment of inclusive, mutual respect for all viewpoints and objectivity. The subject is made accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities through differentiated teaching and resources.

We hope upon leaving us our pupils may be considered religious educated. This will mean that they have a sound knowledge of religion and an understanding of religious practice and beliefs. They will have begun to recognise the spiritual dimension of life and will probably be seeking answers to fundamental questions of life.

Religious Studies at Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 students follow the Hampshire living difference agreed syllabus.

Year 7
The Island
What the Buddha Taught
The belies of the Native Plain Indians

Year 8
Gandhi and Inspirational Individuals
To Fight or not to Fight
Judasim and the Holocaust

Religious Studies at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (we start our GCSE course in Year 9) all student undertake the studying of GCSE course content. Here at Cranbourne we follow the Edexcel Religious Studies specification B syllabus which includes the following:

In Year 9 and Year 10 we study Christianity which makes up 50% of the course.

Unit 1 – Christian Beliefs
The Trinity
The Creation of the Universe
The Incarnation
The last days of Jesus’ life
The problem of evil and suffering

Unit 2 – Marriage and the Family
Marriage
Sexual Relationshiops
Families
Family Planning
Divorce and Remarriage
Equality of men and women in the family
Gender predjudice and discrimination

Unit 3 – LLiving the Christian Life
Worship
Sacremnets
The nature and purpose of prayer
Pilgrimage
Christian Celebrations
The future of the Church
The Worldwide Church

Unit 4 – Matters of Life and Death
Origins of the universe
Sanctity of life
The issue of abortion
Non-religous arguments aginst life after death
Euthanasia
The natural world

In Year 11 we study Islam which makes up 50% of the course.

Unit 1 – Muslim Beliefs
The six beliefs of Islam
The five roots of Shi’s Islam
The nature of Allah
Prohethood
Muslim holy books
Angels
Fate
Muslim beliefs on life after death

Unit 2 – Crime and punishment
Justice
Crime
Muslims attitudes to good, evil and suffering
Aims of punishment
Forgiveness
Treatment of criminals
The death penalty

Unit 3 – Living the Muslim life
The 10 obligatory acts
Shahadah
Salah
Sawm
Zakah and Khums
Hajj
Jihad
Celebrations and commemorations

Unit 4 – Peace conflict
Muslim attitudes towards peace
The role of Muslims in peacemaking
Attitude’s to conflict
Pacifism
Just war theory
Holy war
Weapons of mass destruction
Issues surrounding conflict