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
In Year 7 students learn about the religions of Sikhism and Hinduism as well as explore the Beginning of Religion and why it is important to study RS. In Year 8 they focus on the Abrahamic Faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) as well as look at issues such as ‘What is the Problem with the World’ and then explore Humanism. In Year 9 they start the year with studying and questioning ethical issues and move on to religious festival and the environment.
Key Stage 4
Religious Studies is an option subject and focuses on Christianity and Judaism as well as Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world. The GCSE broadens students’ opinions and encourage them to have questioning minds whilst studying the beliefs of others.
Each year we have a Wellbeing Day for Year 9 students after their summer exam. In the past, we have had visitors who have run workshops in Bollywood dancing, poetry, self-esteem, mediation, yoga and self-defence.