The Big Questions
FEW things have the impact on human culture that religion does.
Religious Studies looks at the expression and effect of religion and explores ideas about the divine. At Bedford we examine a range of different religions, the history of religion and important religious figures. Ethics is concerned with the moral behaviour of human beings and introduces concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. It is a study of how we should act and behave. The Religious Studies and Ethics Department is a highly successful one that offers a varied and flexible curriculum to meet the needs of our students. At KS3 students follow the Wigan Agreed Syllabus (2007) and at KS4 they follow one of two pathways enabling them to gain full course or short course GCSE.
Department Staff and Responsibilities
Mr Clarke – Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator (RSE).
Miss J. Dobson -Teacher of RSE and Subject Mentor (ITT).
Key Stage 3
At KS3 students follow the Wigan Agreed Syllabus (2007) which enhances students
spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It also enables students to consider the
fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and provides opportunities to
relate these to religious teachings and practices.
Year 7 – Topics:
What are the features of religious communities? Who was Jesus? What does it mean to be Jewish? What does it mean to be Hindu?
Year 8 – Topics:
What does it mean to be Sikh? How do Christian beliefs affect their lives?
Spirited Art Project, What does it mean to be Muslim? How do people respond to
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students follow a course of study that enables them take either full course or short course GCSE. The course offered are: Religion and Life Issues and Religion and Morality.
Year 9 – Topics:
What does it mean to be Buddhist?Religion and Prejudice, Religion and Early Life.
Year 10 – Topics:
Religion, War and Peace, Religion and Animal Rights, Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse.