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.
Symbolism and Ritual
What the Buddha Taught
Gandhi and Inspirational Individuals
What does it mean to be a Muslim
The beliefs of the Native Plains Indians
Religion and the Media
GCSE RS Introductory unit
Religious Studies at Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 all student undertake the studying of GCSE course content. Here at Cranbourne we follow the WJEC specification B syllabus which includes the following:
Unit 1 – Our world
What makes us human?
Why are we here?
Religious teachings about the place and purpose of mankind in the world
How did the universe begin?
Why should we care for the world?
Unit 2 – Relationships
What commitments and responsibilities do we have?
What is love?
What about sex?
Religious marriage ceremonies
What about family?
Happily ever after?
Where should marriages take place?
Unit 3 – Looking for Meaning
What is God like?
The nature of God
Symbolism and imagery
Why do some people believe in God and some do not?
How do people experience God?
What is the value of religion in a secular society?
Unit 4 – Is it fair?
What is fair?
Why are people prejudiced?
Why do people treat others differently?
Social responsibility and the media
What do we need and what do we want?
Unit 1 – Religion and Conflict
How can good relationships be developed?
Conflict and war
Can a war ever be just?
Attitudes to non-violent protests
Individuals or communities working for peace
How important is forgiveness?
The nature of suffering
Religious teachings on suffering
Unit 2 – Religion and medicine
Why is life so special?
The Sanctity of Life
Medical and ethical decisions
How does religion help or hinder people making decisions
Should we have free will to make life or death decisions?
Whose choice is it? Abortion
Is it ever right to end a life? Euthanasia
Unit 3 – Religious Expression
Ways faith can be expressed
How can beliefs drive actions?
Expressing faith through what is worn
Why worship in special buildings?
Symbolism in places of worship
What makes a journey special?
Sharing faith with others
Unit 4 – Authority – Religion and State
Why should we obey authority?
Religious teachings on duty
Aims and purposes of punishment
Religious attitudes to punishment
The role of sacred texts
Working for human rights