Welcome to the Religious Studies Department at York High School!
Miss V Bettney
Miss C Clements
Mr M Pattinson
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum in Religious Studies at York High School explores variety of religious beliefs and traditions alongside issues such as Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism, equality, the benefits of practising mindfulness and the challenges that face religious believers in modern day society. As pupils move into Year 9, the curriculum focuses directly
Religious Studies enables pupils to ask deep and often searching questions about their own faiths and beliefs, and explore the beliefs, faiths and opinions of others regarding pertinent contemporary moral issues. The teaching of Religious Studies makes links between the
Year 7: Christianity, Islam & Sikhism
3.3 – What is so radical about Jesus?
3.8 – What is good and what is good and what is challenging about being a Muslim in Britain today?
Year 8: Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism
Year 9: Christian Perspectives on: Ethical Issues, Evil and Suffering, Human Rights and People of Faith, What happens when we die?
Key Stage 4 learning builds upon the foundations set at Key Stage 3, but deepens the understanding of the relationship between religious beliefs and religious practices. Students follow the AQA Religious Studies A Course for GCSE, and focus on Christianity and Islam as the two selected religions for their first exam paper. Students are given the opportunity to explore the fact that religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main Christian, but learning for their second paper allows them to incorporate the study of other faiths such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism.
Through the structure of the AQA GCSE, there is scope for pupils to develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. Students are given
At the End of the course, two written exams of 1 hour and 45 minutes each are completed. Within these examinations, all eight units are assessed:
Christian Beliefs & Teachings
Theme E: Religion, Crime & Punishment
Exam Board Links
Revision Guides Available:
My Revision Notes AQA GCSE Religious Studies by Lesley Parry & Jan Hayes
Religious Studies GCSE Revision Guide by Pocket Posters
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zjgx47h
Revision Videos on YouTube
Christianity Beliefs and Teachings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9b-vwFn4Aw
Christian Practices (1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIrKz3G4PIE
Christian Practices (2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMV6EryECY8
Paper 2 Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r05CnLIfu8&feature=youtu.be