Religious Education

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The aims of the Religious Education (RE) curriculum are to enable pupils to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

RE is an important and distinctive curriculum subject which forms the core part of the basic curriculum. RE is important in its own right and it also makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion. RE offers pupils opportunities to reflect on their personal beliefs, values and commitments and plays an important part in their spiritual development. RE enables pupils to ask many thought provoking questions such as: 'If God exists, what is the nature of God?', 'What is the ultimate meaning and purpose of life?' and 'How do we know right from wrong?'. RE develops young people's awareness of the importance and impact of religion and beliefs on individuals, their families, communities and cultures. Pupils gain invaluable insights into issues which affect all of us, for example, equality and justice, protecting and preserving our environment and its resources, and community cohesion and harmony. This knowledge will increase pupils' understanding of the world today: it will enable them to become responsible citizens who make informed choices in our diverse society and global community.

Religious Education is taught in accordance and under the guidelines of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2012-2017. The Syllabus states that, by the end of KS3 aspects of all of the six principal world religions should have been studied. These six religions are: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Furthermore, The Education Act of 1996 state that all Agreed Syllabuses should reflect "the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain".

The teaching staff is enthusiastic and sensitive to pupils' needs and religious beliefs. Pupils are always encouraged to be considerate and empathetic to the beliefs, values and traditions of others. Where appropriate, pupils are also encouraged to learn and explore topics from the viewpoint of their own faith community, if they have one. Under the Education Act, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or some of their RE lessons. The department is always happy to discuss aspects of the curriculum with pupils and parents.

Latest News in Religious Education

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Focus on Humanities: Religious Education
December 09, 2015
By Mrs S Shum & Mr M Gorman, Teachers of RE
It is with great pleasure, once again, to announce that eleven of our current Year 8 students, have had their work recognised in the 2015 Nationwide Annual Bible Writing Competition.
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Religious Studies Trip to London
October 19, 2015
By Talia Cherkez and Courtney Rockliffe, Year 11 Students
On 9th October, we had the privilege of going to The Clink Museum and The Imperial War Museum as part of our RS GCSE course.
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Focus on Humanities: RE
March 18, 2015
By Mr M Gorman, Teacher of RE
Year 7 students have just finished their unit of study on Sikhism where they have examined some key teachings and beliefs of the Sikh faith and applied these to their own lives. Read More
RE: Organ Donation
March 12, 2015
By Shriya Ruparelia, Year 11 Student
We are currently studying our last topic of the GCSE course in RS, and it is one that has caused quite an uproar of emotions and opinions. Read More

Year 7

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts."
C.S. Lewis, Novelist and Scholar

"RE helps us to understand people who are different to us and even people who are the same as us."
"It makes me think about stuff I have never thought about like God and the universe."
"It’s not about learning one religion. I can have my own opinion."
Chancellor's KS3 students

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Year 7 RE is taught in form groups for one hour a week.

The main topics covered are:

  • Introduction to RE
  • God for all faiths or none?
  • What is the nature of God in Sikhism?
  • Jesus – Man or Son of God?
  • What does justice mean to Christians?
  • How do we know right from wrong?

Homework will be set once a week. Students are welcome to the 'RE Drop-In/Homework Club' every lunchtime either for help with homework or just for a chat about things they have been learning in their lessons or wider events in the world. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed.

Extra curricular activities include a trip to a Sikh Gurdwara in the Spring Term, a poetry competition, a nationwide Bible writing competition, a lunchtime Philosophy club and an autumn term film club.

Year 8

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts."
C.S. Lewis, Novelist and Scholar

"RE helps us to understand people who are different to us and even people who are the same as us."
"It makes me think about stuff I have never thought about like God and the universe."
"It’s not about learning one religion. I can have my own opinion."
Chancellor's KS3 students

RE at Chancellor's

Year 8 RE is taught in sets for one hour a week.

The main topics covered are:

  • Judaism - Will you be my people if I will be your God?
  • Inspirational People - How do ordinary people live in extraordinary times?
  • Islam – a living faith
  • Jesus – was he a troublemaker?
  • Life After Death - Moving on up or going round in circles?
  • Pacifism - Is there power in peace?

Homework will be set once a week. Students are welcome to the 'RE Drop-In/Homework Club' every lunchtime either for help with homework or just for a chat about things they have been learning in their lessons or wider events in the world. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed.

Extra curricular activities include a lunchtime Philosophy club, a Holocaust Commemoration Evening and a poem competition.

Year 9

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts."
C.S. Lewis, Novelist and Scholar

"RE helps us to understand people who are different to us and even people who are the same as us."
"It makes me think about stuff I have never thought about like God and the universe."
"It’s not about learning one religion. I can have my own opinion."
Chancellor's KS3 students

RE at Chancellor's

Year 9 RE is taught in sets for one hour a week.

The main topics covered are:

  • Capital Punishment - A life for a life?
  • Buddhism - Does suffering have a point?
  • War & Peace - Is it ever right to fight?
  • Science Vs Religion - Where does the universe come from?
  • Stewardship - Do animals have right?

Homework will be set once a week. Students are welcome to the 'RE Drop-In/Homework Club' every lunchtime either for help with homework or just for a chat about things they have been learning in their lessons or wider events in the world. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed.

Extra curricular activities include a lunchtime Philosophy club and a poem competition.

Year 10 & 11

"The price of hating other humans is loving oneself less."
Eldridge Cleaver, Writer and Political Activist

"I love debating and hearing other people’s views."
"It broadens our minds and makes you think and question everything."
"I have an input into my work, not just learning facts."

Chancellor’s GCSE students

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GCSE Religious Studies is an ethics course and is taught in mixed ability groups.

Year 10 - Religion and Life Issues

  • Animal Rights
  • Early Life
  • Prejudice
  • Planet Earth
  • War and Peace

Year 11 – Religion and Morality

  • Matters of Death
  • Matters of Life
  • Rich and Poor in Britain
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Drug Abuse

Students have two and a half hours of lessons per week. Homework will be set twice weekly and students will be assessed formally at the end of each topic to prepare them for their GCSE exam.

Exam Board and Syllabus number: AQA Year 10 Syllabus number 40552/Year 11 Syllabus number 40553

Students will sit both papers at the end of Year 11.

Over the past five years, our students have, on average, achieved 92% A*-C.

A successful RS student will have developed a wide range of transferable skills and qualities that will be extremely useful in KS5, the workplace and society in general such as listening and speaking, working well in a group, discussing/debating, thinking, reflecting, justifying, analysing and evaluating.

Extra curricular activities include a trip to the Clink Prison Museum and a lunchtime Philosophy club.

Textbooks

Religion and Life Issues (Fleming, Jordan, Smith & Worden) ISBN 978-1-4085-0513-7
Religion and Life Issues (Parry, Hayes & Hands) ISBN 978-0-340-98365-2
Religion and Morality (Fleming, Jordan, Smith & Worden) ISBN 978-1-4085-0514-4
Religion and Morality (Parry, Hayes & Hands) ISBN 978-0-340-98366-9

Year 12 & 13

"A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."
Francis Bacon

"Doing RS at A Level has made me more open minded and inquisitive. It has made me question the world as well as my own faith. The past two years have been very enjoyable and fulfilling."
"I chose to do RS at A Level because it is an intellectually stimulating subject and I enjoyed it and did well in it at GCSE."
"The subject inspires deeper thinking and encourages you to question your own belief."

Chancellor's A Level Students

RE at Chancellor's

The topics covered are:

Year 12

  • Religion and Ethics:
  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation Ethics
  • Medical Issues of Euthanasia and Abortion
  • Religion, Philosophy and Science:
  • Miracles
  • Creation
  • The Design Argument

Year 13

  • Philosophy of Religion:
  • The Ontological Argument
  • Religious Language
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Ways of Moral Decision-Making:
  • Natural Moral Law
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Medical Research and Developments

Year 12 students have four and a half hours of lessons per week and Year 13 students have four hours of lessons per week. Students will be assessed formally at the end of each topic.

Exam Board and Syllabus number: AQA Year 12 Syllabus numbers RSS01 & RSS04/Year 13 Syllabus numbers RST3B & RST4C

Year 12 students will sit both RSSO1 and RSS04 in June.
Year 13 students will sit both RST3B and RST4C in June.

Over the past three years, our students have, on average, achieved 48% A*-B and 82% A*-C at A2.

'A' Level RS is highly regarded by both higher education institutions and employers. It can lead onto reading Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Law, Sociology, Politics, History, Psychology and Economics at higher education, and Broadcasting, Journalism, Education, Law, Counselling, Medicine, Social Work, and Business in employment.

'A' Level RS will develop skills and qualities which are highly valued by universities and employers, such as skills of analysis, critiquing and evaluation. A successful 'A' Level RS student will be an articulate and confident individual, someone who is able to read and make sense of complex issues and concepts, and form original ideas.

Famous people who have studied Religious Studies, Philosophy & Ethics include:

  • Richard Gere – actor
  • Ethan Coen – filmmaker
  • Philip Glass – composer
  • Bruce Lee- martial artist/actor
  • George Soros – financier
  • Iris Murdoch – author
  • Gerald Levin – CEO, Times Warner Inc

Extra curricular activities include a trip to St Paul's Cathedral, Philosophy and Ethics conferences, a lunchtime Philosophy club and a philosophy essay competition.

Textbook

AS Religious Studies: Ethics (Bowie & Frye) ISBN 978-0-7487-9819-3
AS Religious Studies: Philosophy of Religion (Jordan, Lockyer & Tate) ISBN 978-07487-9820-9
A2 Religious Studies: Ethics (Bowie) ISBN 978-1-4085-1383-5
A2 Religious Studies: Philosophy of Religion (Jordan, Lockyer & Tate) ISBN 978-1-4085-1384-2
Understanding Philosophy of Religion (Ahluwalia) ISBN 978-1-85008-274-3
Understanding Religious Ethics (Wright) ISBN 978-1-85008-525-6
Understanding Philosophy for AS Level (Hamilton) ISBN 0-7487-6560-3
Medical Ethics (Wilcockson) ISBN 978-0-340-95777-6
Ethical Theory (Thompson) ISBN 978-0-340-95779-0

Staff

  • Mrs. S. Shum (Head of Humanities Faculty)
  • Mr. M. Gorman

Facilities

One dedicated classroom with whiteboard

Extra Curricular

  • As detailed in the individual Year information.