Bolton School Senior Boys
The Religious Studies department in the Boys’ Division is small, but enthusiastic. It is well equipped with resources including many religious artefacts. Currently Years 7 & 8 are taught one period per week, and Year 9 has one lesson per two-week cycle.
The aim of the Religious Studies department is to enable pupils to learn both about religions and also from religions. Pupils study the basic beliefs and practices of six world faiths and how these affect the individuals and communities who follow them. It is hoped to foster pupils’ interest in the study of religion and issues arising from it; such as values, morality and ethics, and the ultimate questions concerning the purpose and nature of human life. It is also expected that, in understanding other faiths, pupils may develop greater sensitivity towards those of a different background to themselves.
The Year 7 course looks in some depth at two world faiths: Buddhism and Hinduism, including a visit to a local Hindu temple. We also have three shorter topics: ‘Where do we look for God?’ (arguments for and against the existence of God); ‘The Life and Teaching of Jesus’, and ‘What does Justice mean to Christians?’. As time permits there is also a 1 – 3 week look at Advent and Christmas.
In Year 8 pupils study the beliefs and practices of four major world faiths: Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Christianity (8 weeks each). This typically includes prayer & worship, holy books and festivals.
In Year 9 we begin the ‘Human Rights’ section of the GCSE course. This covers social justice (including the sanctity of life, censorship and freedom of speech), prejudice & discrimination and wealth & poverty.
Boys are not taught RS in Years 10 and 11 unless they choose it as one of their GCSE options. We follow the WJEC EDUQAS examination board, specification (9-1) Religious Studies. This comprises Philosophical and Ethical studies in the Modern World (50%), Christianity – beliefs and practices (25%) and Islam – beliefs and practices (25%).
Currently we do not offer A level RS in the Boys’ Division, but those who wish to study beyond GCSE are able to do so in the Girls’ Division.
Head of Department
Mrs C E Fox, BA