At Yardley Court, we look to assist our pupils in making balanced and informed choices and decisions with regard to religious, moral and social issues. We want our boys to be able to critically evaluate alternative choices, decisions, faiths and beliefs, and in doing so, develop informed opinions that they can support by reasoned arguments. In order to do that they need to be able to understand and use religious terminology and explanations. Just as importantly, we want our pupils to develop an awareness of the implications of religion for the individual, the community and the environment.
From Year 3 through to Year 6 an internal syllabus and scheme of work has been created to guide the teaching of Religious Studies. This syllabus covers Old and New Testament texts as well as important festivals during the year in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Whilst Christianity is the main world religion taught it is one of the objectives of the department to make the children aware of other faiths. To this end we endeavour to present the children with a broad knowledge and understanding of a number of the major world religions. In Year 5, children are introduced to the six major world religions and their key aspects. In Years 7 and 8 the Common Entrance Religious Studies syllabus is followed, preparing the children for their external examination to their senior schools at the end of Year 8. Those who are being prepared for scholarship will have a slightly different two year syllabus based on religious texts, ethics and philosophy which begins in Year 7 and which is more challenging in recognition of the papers the boys will sit.