RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Teachers

Mr S Hudson - Subject Leader
Mr K Martin
Ms H Underwood
Mr H Kartun-Giles
Key Stage 3

Year 7 Courses
  • Foundations of six religions.  Key facts on Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity & Islam.
  • Jesus: Man or God?
  • Project on Islam or Sikhism
Year 8 Courses
  • People who have made a difference
    • Martin Luther King
    • Mother Theresa
    • Helen Keller
    • Elizabeth Fry
  • All about Mohandas K Gandhi (The Mahatma)
  • Hinduism - a study
  • Christianity - an overview
Year 9 Courses

Unit 1 - Religion and Life Issues

  • Topic 1 - Relationships - Issues of love, marriage and divorce
  • Topic 2 - Is it Fair? - Issues of justice and equality
  • Topic 3 - Looking for Meaning - Issues about God, life and death
  • Topic 4 - Our World - Exploring creation and our place in the world

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Unit 2 - Religion and Human Experience

  • Topic 1 - Religion and Conflict - Issues of peace, forgiveness and conflict
  • Topic 2 - Religion and Medicine - Issues of medical ethics and the sanctity of life
  • Topic 3 - Religious Expression - Issues of expressing one's faith
  • Topic 4 - Authority - Religion & State - Issues of law and order in religion and society



While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight, I'll fight to the very end.

William Booth's final speech - May 1912

(William Booth was a British Methodist preacher and founder of the Salvation Army)


Some thoughts from Reverend Stephen Griffith MBE who visited Richmond Park Academy at the end of the summer 2013 term:

I had previously taught religious studies in independent schools and was really interested in seeing what RPA would be like. I had some Year 7 classes where I responded to questions about the life of a priest, and was really impressed by the breadth of questions that the young people had. More impressive were the Year 10s with whom I looked at death and funerals. They came from a wide variety of faith backgrounds and probed intelligently on a wide range of questions on the nature of faith, and some really deep questions on Christian theology, questions I would have expected from older groups. What I enjoyed was the sense of the young people probing intelligently, not seeking to score points, but to understand both what Christian belief is, and also what the reality (rather than the theory) is. Their behaviour was exemplary and their thoughts stimulated some of my sermons in church over the following weeks. I am really interested in returning, and realise how much I miss teaching.