Questions! Questions! Questions!
In Religious Studies lessons, we ask a lot of questions.....and try to find some answers. Our lessons give the ideal opportunity to discuss some of the most difficult questions, such as, “What is God like?” and, “Is there life after death?”
As a school with a Church of England Foundation, the majority of our pupils come from a Christian family background. We are delighted, however, that within the School there are children from other faiths and we welcome them into our Christian community. This helps us to understand that there are different ways of looking at things and makes us think more deeply about what we believe ourselves. Each year group will study an introduction to one of the world’s major religions in order to discover what we have in common, but also to consider what the differences are, and why.
To help us in our thinking, we study the Children’s Bible or the New International Version on the interactive whiteboard. Both our lessons and our collective worship aim to help pupils achieve a personal awareness of God in their everyday understanding of the world. Godstowe recognises that all our pupils are capable of developing spiritually whether or not they have a religious belief. We very much value our strong Christian foundation and caring ethos at Godstowe but we equally value our School as a multi-cultural community, whereby we live and work together with common values and aims.
Form I study Sikhism, Christmas, Houses Jesus Visited and Bible Heroes.
Form II study Hinduism, the Life of Jesus and the Early Church.
Follow-up work can include worksheets, writing and drawing.
The Lower III study the Teaching of Jesus, Islam and the Story of the Bible.
The Middle III study Judaism and Christianity in depth. Follow-up work can involve worksheets, use of ICT, writing and drawing. They sample food from a Passover table. Artefacts and DVDs are used to bring the topics to life.
The Upper III and Form IV follow the Common Entrance syllabus, which consists of Old Testament and New Testament texts and the contemporary issues which arise from them. A major world religion is also studied in depth. DVDs are used to illustrate world religions and relevant life stories such as Mother Teresa and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.