The Religious Studies Department – Years 4 to 8
Preparing boys to take a full part in the multi-cultural and richly diverse world of the 21st Century is one of our vital roles at Tower House. An understanding of and respect for the world’s great religions underpins our work in Religious Studies. Younger boys find out about festivals across differing religions as well as their major practices and beliefs. As they move through the years, the boys’ knowledge of World Religions widens and their understanding of the origins, customs and festivals deepens. A major strand to our work is relating the religious issues to how we live our lives today. For example, Ramadan highlights the idea of self sacrifice in the service of something greater and Yom Kippur teaches about taking responsibility for our actions and behaviour.
Our Common Entrance syllabus focuses these ideas through the Old and New Testaments and the history, beliefs and customs of Judaism. Examining and discussing contentious contemporary issues underpins the skills of “playing devil’s advocate”, creating an argument and supporting ideas with specific examples. These skills are readily transferable to senior schools and the world at large.