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Religious Studies
Religious Studies at TWGGS

At TWGGS, we have developed a Religious Studies curriculum which we believe gives pupils the best chance of engaging with religions and understanding their role in the world community. We present pupils with the spectrum of world faiths in the expectation that they will engage with ultimate questions of value and meaning. At the end of Key Stage 3, we would expect a TWGGS pupil to have a good knowledge of the major world religions, to understand how those religions affect people’s lifestyles (for better and for worse), and to be able to deliver sensitive but robust evaluations of those religions.

Religious Studies at TWGGS makes full use of the “Believing”, “Expressing” and “Living” key questions set out in the Kent agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017-22. It is a major part of our aims/objectives that Religious Studies should promote tolerance, acceptance of other people’s viewpoints, and understanding of other people’s culture, belief and faith.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils have two one hour lessons per fortnight and 30 minutes of homework per week. There are two Religious Studies classrooms and two full-time teachers. The department is well resourced, and pupils enjoy their lessons. The syllabus for Key Stage 3 is as follows:

  Terms 1 & 2 Terms 3 & 4 Terms 5 & 6
Year 7 Understanding Jesus* Hinduism* Sikhism / Stillness & Reflection
Year 8 The Bible Buddhism* Judaism
Year 9 Christianity* Islam* Philosophy

Each of the starred modules is assessed by the TWGGS internal examination for that year. ‘Stillness and Reflection’ in Year 7 is an experiential module, the aim of which is to ‘get inside’ certain generic modes of religious or spiritual experience. Assessment also references how well pupils participate in lessons and offer feedback in their exercise books.

Skills We Aim to Develop

As set out in the Kent agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, 2017-22, we aim principally, “to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religions and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.”

Our teaching and learning should enable pupils to:

  • A. Know about and understand a range of religions and world views.
  • B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
  • C. Gain and deploy the skills need to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

TWGGS runs an optional GCSE Religious Studies course in Key Stage 4, fulfilling the requirement of the Kent Agreed Syllabus that all pupils in KS3 can reasonably expect that their learning will be accredited.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus