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Religious Studies in Our School | The Banda

IN A WORLD THAT IS SECULAR IN NATURE THERE STILL EXISTS A SIGNIFICANT POPULATION WHOSE LIFE IS DOMINATED BY THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR TRADITIONS.

We explore religious beliefs, teaching and practices to gain clear understanding of the nature of religion, religious commitments and lifestyles as well as the influence religion has on society. The diversity of our school population, people in Kenya, both in religion and culture, offers an ideal atmosphere to study this subject.

We aim to keep RS lessons as captivating and engaging as possible, asking questions that spark debates aimed at soliciting honest yet respectful feedback not only on religious subjects, but social matters as well. Throughout their schooling pupils will explore the major world religions namely: 

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism 

In the Lower school pupils have a weekly timetabled RS Lesson and the learning is kept interesting by adopting a practical approach. The pupils are involved in activities such as drawing pictures and creating artwork or craft trying to convey a concept or develop a symbolic interpretation of an idea. Pupils have, in the past, visited different places of worship such as Hindu and Jain temples, a mosque, synagogue and church. This approach stretches to Year 5 and 6 who have an hour of timetabled RS Lesson on alternate weeks. To better their learning experience they participate in extra- curricular activities such as drama, where they enjoy a range of relevant stories and act them out. 

In Year 7 and 8 the pupils will have a one hour lesson of RS on alternate weeks. At this stage, the subject takes a thematic approach with the opportunity to study individual themes in depths within individual religions. Class discussions allow learners to express their individual beliefs and values. Pupils will often be required to carry out research on the internet and will convey their findings though media such as posters, pamphlets and slideshows.

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