KS3

Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these religions and make an introduction to some philosophical considerations engaging with ethical, moral and spiritual questions.

In line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus and to ensure Religious Education is broad and balanced students study Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is an important part of the curriculum aimed at enhancing pupils' development as independent individuals. Taking care of their personal well-being assists in their pursuit of academic success as well as preparing them for life in their future careers and as responsible citizens. The curriculum contains lessons on Sex and Relationships Education, Drugs Education, Economic Wellbeing and Citizenship.

Students engage in a number of citizenship based projects such as those aimed to develop their understanding of diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding to those which explore the legal system and different electoral systems used in the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions.

KS4

Religious Studies at GCSE. We study AQA Religious Studies specification B. The specification provides opportunities for the thematic studies of religion and religious responses to fundamental questions of life, with reference to major world religions. By evaluating ethical issues, and expressing views using reasoned arguments, pupils can enhance their capacity and desire to make a positive contribution to debates and decisions in society.

In year one students cover Religion and Life Issues. Pupils course study Ethical issues 

Animal Rights

Pupils are taught and apply key teachings from the religions studied and how religious leaders and other

faith members have interpreted these teachings and applied them to life in society today. They will also cover non-religious views on these issues such as for example from the perspective of philosophical enquiry, the law and science

Topics include: Religious beliefs about the status of animals; the extent to which animals are different from humans and their relative value; religious views on animal rights and the means of protecting those rights; religious responses to the preservation of species from extinction; the contemporary use of animals and farming of animals 

Care and Responsibility for the Planet

Topics include: religious and non-religious beliefs about the origins of life; religious and non-religious views about the nature of Planet Earth, religious beliefs about care and responsibility for the planet; conservation, earth summits and international action, problems caused by pollution.

Discrimination and Prejudice. Religious and non-religious views

Topics include

types of prejudice, including religion, race, colour,gender, age, disability, class, lifestyle, looks; the causes and origins of prejudice, concepts of tolerance, justice, harmony and the value of the individual;

attitudes to and effects of prejudice and discrimination and religious believers who have fought

against prejudice

War and Peace. Religious and non-religious views

Topics include

the concepts of peace and justice and the sanctity of life in relation to war and peace; the causes of war; conflict, including examples of recent wars; the reasons why religious believers might go to war; pacifism;

victims of war, organisations which help victims of war, peacekeeping forces, e.g. United Nations, NATO; issues such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and nuclear proliferation; arguments for and against nuclear weapons, including proliferation

In year 2 pupils Cover Religion and Morality

Religious and non-religious views for all topics

Religious Attitudes to Rich and Poor in British Society

Topics include

Pupils will investigate religious beliefs and teachings concerning individual wealth and poverty and explanations for the existence of both rich and poor in society. The implications of these beliefs and

teachings in relation to: attitudes towards the rich and the poor; attitudes towards the responsible use of

money; the possible causes and sources of wealth, the possible causes of poverty, debate about who is responsible for the poor and what they should do to care for the poor, including the roles of the state, the community and the family; the role of the lotteries as a source of charity funding and personal wealth.

Religious Attitudes to World Poverty

Religious beliefs and teachings and non-religious views on world poverty; concepts of justice, stewardship and compassion; understanding the problem of poverty in Less Economically Developed Countries ; exploitation, debt, war, unfair trade, corruption, natural disasters, climate; global interdependence and world trade; the work of religious organisations which help to alleviate world poverty;

charities, aid, fair trade and voluntary service; emergency aid and long term aid; sustainable development

Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse

Religious attitudes to the use of drugs, including medically prescribed, legal and illegal drugs; legally accepted drugs and their effects, including caffeine, alcohol, tobacco; the use of the taxes raised on alcohol and tobacco for medical research and treatment; reasons why illegal drugs may be taken; physical, mental, and social consequences of taking drugs for social and recreational purposes; the effectiveness of methods aimed at reducing drug abuse and rehabilitating users; the law and drugs, including the debate about the classification and legal status of different drugs.

Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment

Religious beliefs and teachings concerning human nature, wrong-doing and the punishment of offenders, and repentance and forgiveness. Religious beliefs about law and order; concepts of right and wrong, conscience, duty and responsibility; the debate about the causes of crime including social, environmental and psychological explanations; the different types of crimes, the aims of punishment; the appropriateness of different forms of punishment in achieving the aims of punishment.

In addition the department has organised dedicated RE days for Sixth Form students and is instrumental in constructing the PSHE Citizenship elements of dedicated Focus days for lower Key stage pupils. The focus days aim to enhance the topics covered in PSHE and Citizenship lessons and allow students to gain information from specialist professionals.

Departments

  • Art & Design

    The Department Mr Fitzgerald-Clark - Director of Learning - A'level & GCSE Photography and KS3 Mrs Hulme - Assistant Director of Learning - A'level and GCSE Fine Art and KS3 Ms Turner - A'level &...

  • Business Studies

    KS5 A Level Business Studies enables you to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments.  You will learn that businesses face varying degrees of...

  • Citizenship

    KS4 Studying Citizenship enables students to: Engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical...

  • Computing & ICT

    KS3 The school values both ICT and Computing equally, hence students in years 7 and 8 study both ICT and Computing on a termly carousel.   In ICT they experience a range of applications such as...

  • Dance

    KS4 In Year 9 pupils follow a foundation course which prepares them for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in Year 10. GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and...

  • Design Technology

    KS3 In years 7 and 8 students will create a number of projects that support the National Curriculum focussing on wood, metal, plastic, electronics, textiles and graphics. They will learn how to use...

  • Drama

    KS3 Drama in KS3 provides students with the opportunity to explore group skills, team work, individual leadership skills and self-confidence. Students will develop an understanding of different...

  • Economics

    KS5 AIM This course is designed to introduce students to the core theory and practical application of Economics. Students will: Develop an understanding of the core microeconomic principles of...

  • English

    KS3 English is taught over 7 lessons a fortnight at Key Stage Three, which gives the pupils opportunities to explore and analyse a wide variety of fictional and non-fiction texts and create them...

  • Extended Project

    What is Extended Project The Extended Project requires students to carry out an extensive piece of independent work in a topic of their choosing. Students will be required to:  Choose an area of...

  • Geography

    KS3 In both Years 7 and 8, Geography is taught over two lessons each week. Both year groups will have the opportunity for field work in the local area.  In Year 7 we hope to show students what...

  • Government & Politics

    KS5 The History Department also offers Government & Politics at AS and A2 level. At AS students look at British political institutions such as Parliament and the judiciary, as well as issues in UK...

  • Health & Social Care

    KS5 Edexcel AS and A2 course in Health and Social Care. This is a vocational A level qualification providing students with both knowledge and practical skills for a career in Education, Health or...

  • History

    KS3 Students develop a range of skills and subject knowledge at KS3 in History. We develop our skills of source analysis by looking at different types of evidence, from everyday objects to official state...

  • Mathematics

    KS3 Pending approval. KS4 You will begin your Mathematics GCSE course in Year 9. The current Year 10s will be the last cohort to sit the current Mathematics GCSE specification, and they will sit...

  • MFL

    KS3 Many studies have shown that learning a foreign language not only improves students’ employability, but also strengthens their skills in other subjects. Furthermore, a number of prestigious...

  • Music

    KS3 Pupils study music over 2 periods per week in year 7 and 1 period per week in year 8. Those pupils who currently play an instrument are encouraged to bring this to their music lesson and use it...

  • Physical Education

    KS3 In Year 7 & 8 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities for 2 hours a week.  Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skill level in the following...

  • Psychology

    KS5 Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine,...

  • Religious Education

    KS3 Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these...

  • Religious Studies

    KS5 Do you want to understand yourself and the world around you? Do you  question truths and assumptions? Do you spend most of your time thinking and talking to yourself? Do you enjoy constructing...

  • Science

    KS3 Students are taught Key Stage 3 Science in 2 years following the UPD8 SOW Wikid.  This is based on the philosophy that students should enjoy and achieve in Science. Every Science lesson, whatever the...

  • Sociology

    KS5 Course Content Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. The study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of contemporary social...

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125