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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College


    In KS3 Religious Studies we study the following topics: 

    • exploring the ultimate questions
    • exploring a variety of philosophical and ethical issues in an open, inclusive and reflective environment
    • developing the necessary skills for living in a pluralistic society, and applying this for all pupils regardless of their beliefs or background
    • encouraging values and respecting the beliefs and ideas of others
    • learning about each of the six major world religions as well as considering a variety of responses to themes within RS
    • researching units on the evidence for the existence of God
    • researching Anne Frank and the Holocaust, and responding to these topics

    Assessment :

    • formal assessment through 3-4 end of unit tests throughout the year
    • all assessments have the same structure – they are 30 minutes long and contain 5 questions (A-E), testing both knowledge and evaluative skills
    • students regularly self and peer assess their work

    Learning beyond the classroom :

    • discussing topics at home, keeping up to date with current events
    • reading around the topics we cover – whether it is Buddhist ideas on impermanence, the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, or the reality of being a Sikh in the UK today
    • visiting religious establishments
    • listening to people of different cultures and beliefs

    Teachers of KS3 Religious Studies :

    Miss L Hurt - Head of SRS Department

    Mr A MacMillan - Second in SRS Department

    Mrs A Whitfield - Teacher of SRS, and coordinator of PSHE 

    Mrs R Skinner - Teacher of SRS

    Mr M Smith - Teacher of SRS and Teacher of Geography