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The main objective of Religious Studies at BGGS is to provide a stimulating, varied and enriching learning experience to prepare pupils for life in a culturally diverse modern world. We aim to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities. To this end, pupils study the six major world faiths as well as having the opportunity to explore alternative world views. As well as learning the key beliefs, teachings and practices of the different religions pupils will consider the influence of these beliefs on the lives of adherents and apply beliefs and teachings to a range of ethical and philosophical issues. Fundamental to pupils understanding of religion is the development of their religious literacy – achieved through the specific teaching of key terms and regular reading from a variety of texts. RS provides students with the opportunity to debate and discuss, enabling them to articulate their views verbally as well as developing their extended writing skills. Pupils are encouraged to research thoroughly, to weigh up evidence, to develop chains of reasoning and to evaluate – articulating their responses using religion specific terminology.