Religious Studies & Sociology

Understanding, compassion and a strong moral compass

Throughout Key Stage 3 the aim of the syllabus at Lincoln Minster School is to enable pupils to acquire the skills of religious knowledge, understanding and evaluation.  Pupils should know the beliefs, practices and attitudes of Christianity and other major world religions.  The Key Stage 3 syllabus assists pupils in acquiring skills of analysis and insight related to the components of the syllabus.  This is a subjective procedure involving pupils’ own attitudes, beliefs and practices.

The four concepts, which are present in the syllabus, are:

  • Authority
  • Celebration
  • Religious Belief and Lifestyle
  • The Sacred

These constitute the framework for the study of Christianity and of other religions.  As a Church School, more emphasis is afforded to Christianity, but it is important that non-Christian Religions and traditions are studied with respect and understanding.

Topics studied include:

  • Signs and Symbols of religion
  • Belonging to a community
  • Key Figures
  • Rites of Passage
  • Pilgrimage
  • What do people find sacred?
  • Belief in the divine
  • Ultimate Questions
  • The Holocaust
  • Our world and the environment

Spiritual and moral development

Pupils need the opportunity to learn, respond and reflect on various issues under this heading.  It is appreciated that Religious Studies is not the only transmitter of these values, but it clearly has a major part to play.  Pupils need to be guided in these areas and skills of listening; respecting, discussing and reconsidering are encouraged.

Social and cultural development

Religious Studies contributes to this area examining issues of multi-culturalism, minorities, human rights and responsibilities.  Religious Studies at Lincoln Minster School aims to broaden significantly the outlooks of the pupils and encourage thought at greater depth.  Consequently during Key Stage 3 pupils are introduced to distinctive historical, artistic and cultural achievements of Faiths through visits, videos and speakers.

GCSE Religious Studies

Here at Lincoln Minster School we follow the WJEC syllabus for RS.  We have a very good uptake of numbers in this subject and have always achieved excellent exam results.

The aim of this course in Religious Studies is that it should encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that challenges students and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world.

This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.
  • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally.
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing.
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and to contribute to social and community cohesion.
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world.
  • Reflect upon their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.

It also provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning.
  • Express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

Mrs Rachael Gladwin, Head of Religious Studies and Sociology

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