Religious Studies encourages pupils to consider questions of meaning and purpose in life. Pupils learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious, moral and social issues. Pupils develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a multicultural society.
Religious Studies in QCPS seeks to contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural and intellectual development of pupils by helping them to learn about religion and by encouraging respect for religious commitment and for those holding different beliefs.
It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. By exploring issues within and across faiths, pupils learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.
At QCPS we are committed to celebrating religious and non-religious beliefs and values that our pupils bring as part of their family/cultural heritage and to building an awareness of and respect for others’ spiritual and religious beliefs. In addition we will encourage the pupils to learn about religion, culture and traditions of Britain and promote ‘Britishness’ in RE lessons.
Pupils explore the 6 major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism) to help them to see how different people live and encourage religious tolerance through understanding. Pupils explore festivals from around the world (including Christmas, Easter, Chinese New Year, Holi and Diwali) and are encouraged to reflect on their experiences by sharing with the class relevant examples or ideas from their lives, developing self-esteem and a valuing of others.
In the Prep School pupils continue to explore the 6 major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism). They look at different religious views (within religions also) on moral issues and philosophical issues. Through discussion and learning the points of view of others, which they may not have considered, they learn to respect alternative views and perhaps agree to disagree on certain issues. Lessons develop our pupils’ curiosity, imagination and creativity.
Teaching and Learning
We teach Religious Studies in the Pre Prep and Prep Departments using a variety of styles and resources. Whole class and group discussions are used widely alongside role-play or written work as appropriate. Religious Studies is taught every week, through a wide variety of experiences supported by up-to-date text books and materials for research. Pupils learn through religious artefacts, posters, visits to places of worship and visitors.
Miss L. Burns
Head of Humanities