Religious Studies

The principal aim of RS in both the Kent Syllabus and at OPGS is:

To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views 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.

The aims of RS

The threefold aim of RE elaborates the principal aim.

  1. Know about and understand a range of religions and world views, so that they can:
  • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
  • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some sources of wisdom found in religions and world views
  • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
  1. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that they can:
  • Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
  • Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
  • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
  1. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views, so that they can:
  • Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
  • Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
  • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.