All students at Greenshaw study religious studies in Years 7 to 11.
Students study a range of religious traditions that reflect modern Britain’s diversity, and are encouraged to think about what they can learn from religious and non-religious viewpoints. Students are also encouraged to consider the role of religion in society, such as the impact of religion on global politics, issues in medical ethics or Christian and Islamic influences on the environment.
Their study helps them develop critical thinking skills, develop written and oral communication and become better listeners. It also contributes to the school’s education as active citizens and to the students’ spiritual, moral and cultural development. Students are assessed on their knowledge of the religions studied, and most importantly their ability to compare these beliefs and practices with their own, and to evaluate the ethical issues studied.
At Key Stage 4, students study aspects of citizenship as part of their Social and Religious Studies course, working towards a Full Course Religious Studies GCSE qualification. Students are examined on topics of rights, democracy, identity and justice which relate specifically to the UK. The Religious Education we offer here at Greenshaw aims to be interactive, involving discussion and debate, and relevant news stories, so we can focus on real-life issues facing young people and society.
We have established links with local faith communities and visit places of worship, such as local churches and the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden, as well as inviting representatives into the classroom to discuss their beliefs and practices.
Students are all prepared for GCSE Religious Studies, and many go on to study Philosophy at A Level in our sixth form. Both courses develop students to become analytical thinkers and support preparation for future study.
Downloads to help with classwork, extended work or coursework, can be found on Frog.
Mrs M Mbema is the Head of Religious Studies. Mr T Harvey is Key Stage 3 Coordinator. Other members of the team are Mrs S Larkin and Mrs L Sztypuljak.