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RE & Social Sciences

Religious Education and Social Sciences have a vital role to play in Kineton High School’s determination to be a leader in learning, achieving excellence in all we do.

Religious Education

Our aim is to develop the knowledge and skills required to understand and engage with the beliefs and practices of people from a variety of religious traditions (Christianity and other principal religions and value systems represented in Great Britain) in an authentic way.

To acknowledge and where possible make use of the various backgrounds and world-views of the students.
To provide opportunities to encounter and explore a variety of ultimate questions and truth claims that the students see as relevant to their own lives.
To encourage dialogue and reflection through the study of religion.

 

Key Stage 3

Students do a range of modules, including a topic on ‘The Big Questions’ and another on religion in the local area. Independent learning tasks are varied and enable students to visit places of worship and explore the cuisine of different religious festivals.

Key Stage 4

Most students do a full course GCSE, which focuses on a range of religious and ethical issues, including punishment, abortion and democracy.  GCSE Beliefs, Values and Ethics helps students to develop a range of transferable skills, such as justifying a personal opinion and listening in discussion.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Philosophy & Ethics is an academically rigourous course, enabling students to be stretched in terms of critical thinking. Students enjoy this course because of the progress they make in being able to critique arguements presented by others.

For further information on the courses please contact Miss Collins.

 

Psychology

What subject interests everyone? What subject reveals all and leads to the most people-centred careers?

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour.  It attempts to answer questions of fundamental importance to anyone who is interested in why they, and others, behave and think as they do.  It is the study of what it is to be human.  Because the human brain and human behaviour are so startlingly complex, the range of questions psychologists ask is enormous.

Key Stage 5

At Kineton High School Psychology can be studied in the Sixth Form.

The AS course examines a number of topics:-

Human Memory – How we remember and why we forget
Attachments – The importance of our first relationships
Stress – What is it, what causes it and how can we manage it better?
Abnormality What is abnormal behaviour and how do psychologists explain it, e.g. eating disorders, schizophrenia.
Social Influence – Why do we conform and why do we obey orders even when they are clearly wrong.
Research Methods – How can we test our theories and ethics in research.

 

Topics studied at A2 include:-

Relationships – Why people form relationships? What makes someone attractive? How do others influences us?
Eating disorders – Why do we eat? Does the media affect our relationship with food?
Gender disorders – What makes someone a male or female?
Biological rhythms and sleep – What happens when people are deprived of sleep and do we really need to sleep?
Psychopathology – Schizophrenia – What causes mental disorders such as schizophrenia?
Research Methods – How do psychologists find things out? Is it right to inflict harm on humans for psychological research?

 

Underpinning the course is the need for students to develop a disciplined approach to research methods. Research design and data must be handled in a scientific manner, with results analysed using a variety of techniques.

For further information please contact Ms L Mortimer.