Religious Studies aims to enable pupils to develop an understanding of other cultures and lifestyles. Christian principles form the ethos of Holme Grange and pupils have an opportunity to focus on these but also to explore stories and beliefs from a variety of religions such as Judaism, Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism.
Holme Grange School is of a Christian foundation, where spiritual and moral values form the bedrock. Religious education is rooted in the Christian Faith, but children of all faiths and belief systems, and of none, are welcomed and encouraged to strive for academic excellence and a spirit of open and shared enquiry, whilst developing their individual potential and qualities of character so they can make a positive contribution.
In our Religious Studies teaching we aim to offer children a broad-based understanding of the significance of religious belief and its importance to people in different cultures. Although we touch on a variety of religious traditions, the heart of our teaching is about Christianity. The aim of the subject is to inform but not to proselytise, and much of what is taught ultimately helps the children make sense of different cultures around the world and in particular Western culture: the history, art, law, ethics and beliefs of the society in which we live.
Children take a broad look at religion, becoming aware of a range of different religious traditions from around the world and studying some common themes such as festivals and sacred writings. Our major focus is on Christianity and pupils learn about the story of Jesus’ life, Jesus’ teachings and Christian traditions. In Years 7 and 8 children study in depth a series of Old and New Testament stories and the ethical questions and issues arising from them. These are linked to issues in the world today, and in addressing these children learn to think and articulate their own ideas and to understand the views of others.
The teaching of Religious Studies looks at the core values that the major religions have in common. Pupils are encouraged to think about the answers provided by different faiths to the big questions surrounding being a good human being, and to explore their own beliefs and the reasoning behind the conclusions they draw. It is a subject that develops significant transferable skills such as constructing and articulating an argument, writing cogently and coherently, and thinking critically.
Much of what is learned in class is reinforced in a more practical way through regular whole school assemblies, where we explore and explain the main themes of Christianity and where the major Christian festivals are celebrated, and through our assemblies the main tenets of Christian teaching are brought into the context of our everyday lives.
d New Testament are explored, together with the lives of inspirational people. The curriculum is delivered by enthusiastic teachers using drama, discussions, debates, visits to places of worship and sessions with outside speakers.