The Religious Studies department, as stakeholders, have had input into the design of the curriculum and share its vision and rationale.
The intent of the Religious Studies curriculum is to offer all students the opportunity to engage with the subject in ways that have meaning to them. We encourage all pupils to approach the subject with open-minds and a willingness to consider the views of others, with discussion and questioning at the centre of all topics. Our aim is to build knowledge, understanding and skills progressively as students move through the curriculum.
Our curriculum aligns with the whole school intent, particularly in terms of preparing students as future citizens. The curriculum includes environmental issues; relationships; prejudice and discrimination; and gender issues. Throughout the curriculum, pupils learn about Religions, their beliefs and teachings and how this affects the lives of those following the Religion, and the decisions they make.
Achievement for all is our priority. We have initiated a growth mindset programme from year 7 which focuses on building motivation and enthusiasm for learning through positive feedback linked to effort.
Student achievement is supported in a number of ways. Resources are adapted to support students with additional learning needs and extension tasks are built into the lessons. We are developing the curriculum to include more Religious traditions and worldviews.
Prior knowledge is revisited in end of topic tests and in regular starter and plenary quizzes. We recognise that our students come with diverse experiences and knowledge and aim to draw upon these funds of knowledge in class discussions.
Regular formative and summative assessment allow close monitoring and tracking of student performance over the academic year. Additional revision and support sessions are offered when appropriate. We are in the process of introducing a series of progressive targets against which students can self-assess thus giving them an additional sense of ownership over their learning journeys.
Regular department meetings offer an opportunity to review student progress across the year groups and to identify any areas for immediate attention or longer-term planning. Our curriculum offer has evolved over recent years and we anticipate it will continue to do so as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.