The Religious Studies Department at Our Lady of Sion School seeks to deliver a stimulating, culturally relevant teaching programme that affirms the individual journey of each student while drawing them into appropriately expressed theological, moral and spiritual issues.
We have a fun and lively environment that students enjoy being a part of. While the curriculum and assessment material is challenging, we use a variety of teaching and learning methods to enable students the best opportunity for meaningful engagement. The joy of Religious Studies in our School stems in part from a school ethos that expects students to show ‘consideration always’. We are fortunate to have a family atmosphere where students are encouraged to form their own convictions about different perspectives while also maintaining a respectful manner.
Key Stage 3
KS3 is compressed to Year 7 and 8 due to the GCSE RS course being started a year early. In Year 7, students will look at different religions including Sikhism and Buddhism and will investigate spirituality through the Creative Arts. In Year 8 they will study topics such as: Excellence and Distinctiveness in Religious Education, and What is Humanism and how do you live with a God?
Key Stage 4
KS4 starts in Year 9 and students study the Eduqas Religious Studies short-course GCSE, taking the exam in the summer of Year 10. Extra classes are run after school one day a week for any student who would like the challenge and opportunity to take the full-course RS GCSE.
Year 11 students do not have RS lessons but instead gain one lesson of Maths and one of English each week.
The GCSE aims to broaden students’ opinions and encourage them to have questioning minds as students are expected to learn about the religions and non-religious beliefs of others. The course takes a distinctive issues-based approach to the study of religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world.
The GCSE is examined with 3 papers at the end of Year 10.
Departmental Trips and Extra Curricular events
In 2009 we had our first ‘RE-Treat’ for Year 9 to Dalesdown Centre in Dial Post and this is now an annual day’s retreat at the end of the Summer Term. We hope our students will develop a clear sense of self on this day and grow in self-esteem and self-awareness.
On Friday lunch times we run a Meditation and Mindfulness group in the Upper Room of the Chapel. This is highly valued by the students who attend and always has a focus on loving kindness and positive thinking.