Year 7 to Year 8
The programme of study is linked directly to the Independent Schools examination Board Common Entrance Syllabus A/Common Academic Scholarship Syllabus. Pupils take part in three weekly lessons and are assessed through marked preps, extended projects, oral contributions in lessons, and various exams.
Year 7 pupils sit an end-of-year examination, while Year 8 pupils sit an interim examination in November. Common Entrance and Scholarship pupils thereafter prepare to sit various RS/Divinity exams, usually in May or June. Non-Common Entrance candidates will complete the set syllabus and then undertake assessed project work in readiness for Year 9 and 10 senior school studies.
All pupils study selected Old and New Testament Texts with Contemporary Issues. These foundational Biblical Texts are selected as they have helped to influence the development of Western thinking and culture but insights are readily drawn from other traditions too. Pupils critically study not only key ideas and themes, but traditional and contemporary theological interpretation too.
The Contemporary Issues work includes: science and religion, stewardship and the environment, conscience, social justice, laws, crime and punishment,, equality and inequality, rules and human rights, wealth, power and poverty, inter-religious dialogue and inter-faith issues, matters of life and death, prejudice and discrimination, leadership and wisdom, private and public religion, war and peace, politics and religion, religion and the media, philosophy of religion and the future of religion. Humanist, secular, agnostic and atheist perspectives are also explored.
Pupils also study mini-biographies of contemporary religious/spiritual/leadership figures and groups, such as, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Trevor Huddleston, Meg Guillebaud, Jackie Pullinger, Mother Teresa, Gordon Wilson, Ghandi, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King, Bono, Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, Christian Aid, The Samaritans, The Salvation Army, A Rocha, and others.
Particular emphasis is placed on developing intellectual and academic skills including: assessing, evaluating and comparing/contrasting arguments; writing summative and evaluative answers and essays; dialogical work and critical thinking skills. Intellectual and academic rigour is high on the agenda.
Further Information is located in the RS Department Handbook.