Religious Studies at Arnold House aims to introduce pupils from the youngest age to the major world religions. While primary emphasis is placed upon Christianity, pupils from all other traditions are encouraged to share their experience and explore issues surrounding PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) and Citizenship in RS lessons and assemblies. In Years 1 and 2, people from the Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faiths are invited to speak to the pupils about festivals such as Hannukah, Diwali and Eid-ul-Fitr.
The syllabus in Years 3 and 4 is devoted to stories from the Old Testament and Year 5 concentrates on the life and teachings of Jesus. World religions are studied as part of the Common Entrance syllabus in Year 6 and all pupils in Years 7 and 8 continue to follow the syllabus, studying selected biblical texts. They are expected to evaluate the role of the biblical material (from the Old and New Testaments) in relation to contemporary issues (both ethical and theological).
The broad aims of the department are as follows:
- To encourage pupils to have a healthy respect for and understanding of the beliefs of others
- To introduce pupils to the major world religions
- To study in depth the Old and the New Testaments
- To develop an awareness of moral and social issues
- To enable pupils to discuss and confer about spiritual and ethical topics