In Religious Studies girls learn about all aspects of the Christian faith. They also study the other main world faiths, learning about aspects of each religious community including: religious leaders, sacred texts, festivals, places of worship, religious rituals and special times.
The girls find out about different religious concepts using story, drama, art, music and debate working individually and, very often, in groups. Girls are encouraged to challenge and question as they explore beliefs and values. They are also given time to reflect on their own spiritual beliefs and values.
In Year 3 the girls study Christianity and Judaism. They learn about key points in the Christian calendar and the significance of The Bible to Christians. They learn about the importance of home and community in Judaism, as well as some of the main Jewish festivals and special times.
In Year 4 the girls study Christianity and Sikhism. They learn about the importance of rules in the Christian community and also about the miracles Jesus was said to have performed. They then go on to study the events in the run up to the crucifixion, including the Last Supper; leading on to finding out about the significance of the Eucharist. As part of their study of Sikhism they learn about the Sikh rules for living and the teachings of Guru Nanak.
In Year 5 the girls study Christianity and Hinduism. They learn about the features of a Church as a place of worship and the significance of the marriage ceremony. They study stories from the Old and New Testament and investigate how Christians express their faith through art and music. Girls learn about Hindu beliefs, Hindu worship and rites of passage. They also find out about some of the key Hindu festivals including Diwali.
Our RS covers Christianity, Islam and Judaism; however we also consider other faiths.
In the Michaelmas term we study Christianity exploring different denominations and the similarities and differences within each of these. We also focus on Advent and Christingle.
In the Lent term our focus is on Islam. We find out about the Quran, the Mosque, prophets of Islam, and the Five Pillars of Islam.
In the Summer term we study the Jewish faith, looking at Purim, the Torah, and the role of a Rabbi.