The Religious Studies department is made up of a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The Director of Learning for SMSC leads the RS department with invaluable support from the whole team. All teachers in the department follow varied and detailed schemes of work which include lessons covering a variety of teaching and learning styles.
The department recorded fantastic GCSE results in 2018 with 75% of students receiving grades ranging from 4 to 9.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 & 8 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Year 9 students will also receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight, combined with PACE. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will receive six formal assessments a year.
Key Stage 4
In KS4, RS lessons are combined with PACE. Students in Years 10 & 11 receive one 60 minute lesson per fortnight. Students are taught in set groups, with progress tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention.
Our current Year 11 cohort are undertaking the GCSE Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) course. This subject is taken with the AQA examinations board and students receive five 60 minute lessons per fortnight culminating in a final examination at the end of the year. Students on the course will complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations.
Year 7 - World Cultures Day
Year 11 GCSE Revision
There are many revision websites available to assist you with your exam revision. In particular, there are a lot of dedicated Religious Studies revision websites that can be quickly accessed, providing you with an alternative method of study.
Recommended RS revision websites include:
AQA - follow this link for information on the GCSE specification, past papers and mark schemes.
BBCBitesize - the Bitesize website is a fantastic revision tool; offering detailed information for each theme and topic of the exam.
RevisionWorld - a great website offering quizzes, infographics, information and videos.
GCSEPod - don't forget that RS revision is also available on GCSEPod.
StudyWise - links to exam forums, advice websites and information on revision guides.
Other revision guides and e-revision guides are also available from ZigZag Revision.
TrueTube is a free resource that is useful for GCSE revision. The website contains video clips, films, revision lessons and revision worksheets.