The ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities, and how these may shape their culture and behaviour, is an invaluable asset for our students.

 

The lessons learnt in religious studies prepare students to grasp the complexity of a multi-religious, multi-secular world and reflect on their own beliefs and worldviews in light of others.  



Head of Department: Mr Lindo

Head of Department: Mr Lindo

I Completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Theology from University of Chester followed by a PGCE from the University of Warwick. I started teaching at Shireland in 2015 and became Head of Religious Studies in 2020. I am passionate about students engaging with different worldviews/ belief systems and having the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs. I believe the need for high quality religious study is vital in a highly complex, global society where students will likely encounter a myriad of viewpoints different to their own.  

 

WHAT IS COVERED IN:

Through the L4L curriculum:

  • Creation stories 
  • Religious Festivals
  • Religious Pilgrimage
  • The Importance of Jesus
  • The Importance of Prophet Muhammed
  • Beliefs about the afterlife
  • Sikhism Beliefs
  • What is a soul?
  • Holy water in Religion  

Through the L4L curriculum:

  • Hinduism beliefs and practices
  • Sikhism practices
  • Decoding the Last Supper
  • Death and Resurrection of Jesus
  • Religious freedom 
  • Religious attitudes towards treatment of animals 

Through the L4L curriculum:

  • Religious and non-religious views about the origin of the universe 
  • Environment responsibility and Stewardship 
  • Judaism beliefs and practices  
  • Religious responses to evil  
  • Buddhism beliefs and practices 
  • The impact of 9/11
  • Inspirational leaders

 Through the PD Curriculum  

  • How do people express spirituality? 
  • What does it mean to be atheist, agnostic or humanist?
  • Human rights and responsibilities 

GCSE AQA Religious Studies:

Thematic Studies through Christianity:

  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion and Life

Religions:

  • Beliefs and Teachings of Islam
  • Practices in Islam

Through the PD Curriculum  

  • Relationships and families from an Islamic perspective  
  • Christian beliefs and teachings 

GCSE AQA Religious Studies:

Thematic Studies through Christianity:

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

Religions:

  • Beliefs and teachings in Sikhism 
  • Practices in Sikhism 

Through the PD Curriculum  

  • Issues of life and death from a Humanist perspective 
  • Buddhism beliefs and practices. 

KS4 Course

WHAT CAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LEAD TO?

Religious Studies can lead to a range of careers, in particular:

  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Medical Science
  • Journalism
  • Education/teaching
  • Social and Community service
  • Media

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 written examinations worth 50% each – Religions and Themes.

WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

In Religious Studies students are required to adopt a range of skills including:

  • Reflection
  • Evaluation
  • Interpretation
  • Empathy
  • Critical analysis
  • Communication

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We follow the Sandwell SACRE agreed syllabus – Learning and Living.