Religious Studies is for all pupils, of all abilities, background, of all faiths and none. However, in selecting the faiths studied in depth, the school population is considered.

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

The Ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, considered the investigation of life’s most ultimate questions as a pastime worth dying for. As a teacher he was a maverick: he never asked his students to write a word but he did expect them to think deeply and question everything. His commitment to moving beyond superficial understanding, led to his pupils becoming the rebels of their day. Their refusal to accept laws without questioning them meant their mentor Socrates was considered a rabble-rouser. He was eventually charged with corruption and rebellion. Socrates ultimately considered the study of religion, philosophy and ethics worth dying for. He refused to compromise his belief in questions and as such, opted for a lethal hemlock poison, rather than imprisonment.

The study of RS at Camp Hill Boys is designed to encourage students to live the examined life. Students study a wide range of religious, scientific, and non-religious perspectives on some of lifes most fundamental questions. In RS classrooms, students will develop the questioning habit, as they explore such topics as the meaning of life, the nature of the soul and the origin of the world. Whilst the RS department does not expect the same level of dedication as Socrates, it will expect students to open their minds to a range of views! It is only through the examination of a wide range of perspectives, that students will begin to be sure of their own views.

How will I study?

Religious Studies is a statutory requirement of your sons education. At Camp Hill we aim to make that educational experience relevant and engaging through thematic study of topics. RS develops a range of skills and gives the boys the ability to give detailed explanations as well as critically analyse and evaluate different ideas. Lessons use a wide range of activities and encourage independent learning skills. The department is committed to the use of ICT and makes active use of interactive whiteboards and our Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment) site.

Where can RS take me?

Boys who choose to study RS have a wide range of opportunities available to them. RS can give breadth to students who are pursuing medicine or science based subjects. RS naturally complements other essay based subjects developing critical thinking skills. Students who study RS can go into Law, social work, teaching, research, journalism as well as further study.

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Key Stage 3

Students study a wide range of religious and non-religious ideas about the following (working from QCA Website & Birmingham Agreed Syllabus):

Year 7
Who or what is God?
What makes a good leader?
How did the world begin?
How can we communicate with the divine?
How do beliefs affect actions?

Year 8
What would the world be like without religion?
Sacred spaces and places
Is religion a way of life or a philosophy?
Its not fair A study of justice
Myths and ultimate truths

Year 9
An introduction to Ancient Philosophy
What is the meaning of life?
How did the world begin?
An Introduction to ethics
No Man is an Island- A study of human relationships

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Students study Philosophy and Ethics through their study of Christianity and Hinduism. The school follows the OCR Religious Studies B specification.

Key Stage 5 (AS and A Level)

Students will continue to develop their philosophy and ethics skills in their study of the AQA Religious Studies qualification. At AS students will study two modules: An introduction to Philosophy and also Ethics. At A2 students study a further two modules: Ethics part 2 and a synoptic module exploring matters of Life and Death.

Extra Curricular

CAKE – Conversation at King Edwards
A club for KS3 students that meets once a week to have a conversation that goes beyond the limits of the classroom. Recent discussions have been: Is Jediism a religion? Is there life after death? Who or what is God? What is the impact of neutrinos on science?

Philosophy through Film Club
A club for KS4 where we examine philosophical issues that arise through film. Recently we have been watching The Matrix to discover how it has used philosophers to understand the nature of reality and why Plato, if he could, should be claiming copyright infringement!

A student run debate and workshop lunch time club. This is designed for Sixth formers to meet, discuss and share ideas in Philosophy.

The RS department supports student’s study of RS through running trips to places of worship, to lectures and most recently to Freud’s house.

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