Aspiration, Application, Achievement
At KS3 in RE we aim to study all six major world religions - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. We do this with the hope pupils gain a better and deeper understanding of the diversity of the world in which we live. Pupils will understand the main beliefs, practices and teachings from each religion along with the history attached to each of them. They have the chance to visit certain Places of Worship and see firsthand how the religion works on a daily basis.
We also cover ethical and moral issues at KS3 that are relevant in today’s society such as capital punishment, inspirational people, just war, stewardship and the environment.
RS at KS4 is compulsory and is 100% exam. Students will study two units and will sit two exams. Unit 1 - Religion and Life issues covers the topics of Relationships, Prejudice and Discrimination, Looking for Meaning and Our World. Unit 2 - Religion and Human Experience covers the topics of War, Medical Ethics (mainly Abortion, Euthanasia and IVF), Religious Expression and Authority and the Law. Students with a GCSE in RS have gone on to study for qualifications in Medicine, Law, Teaching, Psychology, Social Work and many more.
Psychology: "The scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context"
We are one of few secondary schools who offer Psychology at GCSE level. The course is 100% examination and is split into two units where there is an exam on each unit. We look at a number of theories and case studies put forward by specialists and analyse these theories with regards to their strengths and weaknesses. As well as testing them out for ourselves!
Unit 1 - Biological, Social and Developmental Psychology. Within this unit pupils look at the Brain and how it functions, our sensory organs, including the sixth sense of ESP. We have a look at stress and how it affects us. We aim to understand prejudice and why this happens, why we conform to certain situations and why we are attracted to certain people and not to others. We also look at how individuals develop with regards to their identity and preferred learning style and how humans are different from animals.
Unit 2 - Ethics and research methods, Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences. Anyone wishing to work in the field of psychology needs to know how to conduct an experiment and how to analyse data. This unit studies that as well as the development of humans and how we learn the way we do. We also learn here, about mental health issues and the treatments given to those who suffer with mental health problems.