Thursday 09 April 2020

Religious Studies

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Religious Studies has a huge role to play in helping the individual develop spiritually and morally, as well as gaining an appreciation of the array of cultures, customs and traditions of people here in Sunderland and throughout the wider world.

In religious studies at Thornhill, our aim is to encourage empathy for and understanding of others so that all are respected and appreciated. Pupils learn about beliefs and practices of many faiths including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and others. Pupils are encouraged to see similarities and value differences between themselves and others. They are encouraged also to understand the values of others, even if they are not the same as their own values.

Pupils are encouraged to be good citizens in their communities and globally by recognising their responsibilities to the environment and fellow humans.

Key Stage 3

Units studied are:

  • Signs and Symbols (Bridging Unit)
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Who are Muslims?
  • Who are Christians?
  • The existence of God.
  • How did we get here?
  • Euthanasia and life after death.

Key Stage 4 GCSE

Full Course GCSE R.S. is an extremely popular pathway for those who wish to continue their studies to GCSE level. Many pupils also choose to study GCSE R.S. in our after school twilight club.

Units studied are 

religious views on:

  • Planet Earth.
  • World Poverty.
  • Poverty in the UK.
  • Drug Abuse.
  • War and Peace.
  • Crime and Punishment.
  • Early life. 
  • Prejudice.