Mr Galloway: Director of Teaching and Learning – Global Faculty

Course Information

Religious Studies units of work help students to discover some of the ways people have responded to questions concerning the meaning of life. Why are we here?  Why is there suffering in the world?  We consider how answers to such questions have moulded and shaped our lives.  Students also explore mysteries and miracles, inspirational figures, beliefs about life after death and various moral dilemmas.  Students also cover modules related to the major world faiths.

Course Content

Course Content
Year 7In Year 7 the department aims to deliver Geography, History and Religious Studies with one member of staff. We believe this offers continuity as students settle into secondary education. Students complete two units investigating the beliefs and faith systems of Hindus and Christians.
Year 8Year 8 study the following topics: What do Sikhs believe?, Who was Gandhi and how did his faith affect his actions?, What do Muslims believe?, What do religions say about poverty?, Who was Martin Luther King and how did his faith affect his actions? Religious art and worship.
Year 9Year 9 study the following topics: How do Christians make moral decisions? Crime and Punishment, Is it right to fight? How did we get here – Religion and Science, Is life sacred – the sanctity of life and abortion arguments?

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The department offers a wide range of opportunities to participate in field study visits. All students can attend the Castleton residential in Year 7 as well as visiting the local church.  Each academic year we also arrange a number of full day and residential fieldwork visits.  The aim of the department is to use the wider community and its members as an integral part of the curriculum.  We also encourage visitors into school to enrich students’ learning experiences.


We use a range of assessment techniques across the department. Learning is assessed routinely in lessons as well as in more formal assessment settings.  We feel this helps students to reflect on their learning and teachers to adapt their practice to support the progress of students.  Books are marked on a 2-3 week cycle with detailed feedback being given on extended pieces of work and homework tasks.  Students respond to feedback in green pen to help improve their learning.  Homework is set as per the schools homework calendar with a range of tasks being set to support and challenge all learners.

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