Religious Studies


The R.S. Department plays a key role in developing students’ understanding of the increasingly diverse and globalised world around us.

We aim to equip students with a sound knowledge and understanding of people’s values, beliefs and cultures as well as the most pressing and important ethical issues of our time. From the morality of cloning to the ethics of marriage and divorce, R.S. at Orley Farm covers numerous issues concerning both religious and secular society.

Judith Green

Head of Religious Studies

Pupils are introduced to a range of faiths and their understanding of similarities and differences is explored.  Personal growth is encouraged through discussion and learning.  Playtime and assemblies provide further opportunity for learning and understanding in a range of situations as we prepare children with life skills.

In the Pre-Prep children begin by looking at themselves in relation to others, exploring thoughts and feelings and how these might affect others. Children learn about festivals and celebrations relating to different faiths. They use a variety of resources including artefacts, books and images to gather information. In addition, visitors, including parents, come into school to share aspects of their personal faith, clothing, food, customs and traditions.

Throughout Middle School we explore the lessons and values that can be learnt from an understanding of religious education.  We use artefacts, photographs and on line resources to bring the topics to life and enhance the childrens’ understanding.  We value the knowledge the children can bring and encourage them to share their own experiences.  In Year 3 the pupils explore Hinduism and Christianity.  In Year 4 the focus is on Sikhism and Judaism, the role of pilgrimage and the influence of people of faith.

Whilst continuing to study the major religions the Upper School start to look at contemporary issues which affect lives in the modern world.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils will follow the agreed syllabus for Common Entrance.  They will study both Old and New Testament stories, and the concepts studied will then be applied to modern issues.  This helps to prepare pupils for whom a Religious Studies paper is part of their entry exam programme.

By using multi-sensory teaching methods we aim to include all abilities of children in a way that enables them to access all material.  There are opportunities for extension through research, written work and the extended essay.