Social Studies

Currently taught at KS3 with an option to study it at GCSE level or A Level at KS4/ KS5. Students are also taught RE/Ethics through AspiRE in Year 11. 

The aim of the Social Studies Department is to provide students with opportunities to acquire the following skills and attributes:

  • Knowledge about human societies and relationships
  • Develop the ability to make informed and reasonable decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society.
  • To be able to think reflectively and to identify, interpret, assess, evaluate, and draw conclusions regarding the continuing issues and problems which confront human societies.

RE lessons involve a range of activities including independent and group work, problem-solving and researching. In RE, students develop many different skills including interpreting texts, discussion and debate, as well as skills in team work and presentation.

Religious Education at Driffield School follows the guidelines set out in the East Riding Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which states

“RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. RE subject matter gives particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, to challenge stereotypes and to build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights.”

In particular RE:

  • Helps promote fundamental ‘British values’ of tolerance towards others
  • Provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
  • Encourages students to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious) in the light of what they learn.
  • Enables students to build their sense of identity and belonging which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • Teaches students to develop respect for others including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • Prompts students to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

In summary, Religious Education is important and relevant because it helps young people gain wisdom in the following areas of life:

  • Cultural, artistic, musical and literary: many great artists, composers, musicians and writers had deep religious and/or philosophical motivation and inspiration for their work.
  • Historical and geographical, scientific and technological: what is the meaning of life? Where are we going? What is ‘true’? What is ‘best’? Where do we come from? Why are people different and why do they have different tastes and preferences?
  • Moral and ethical: in the light of the many moral and ethical dilemmas we meet in life, ranging from the personal to the global, what is it to lead a good life?
  • Personal: How can I be happy? How can I best manage my relationships? What are the skills I need to succeed in life?
  • Political, social and psychological: How can we best understand the relationships between people? Why do religion and belief feature in the news so much? What do religious and belief groups say about various contemporary issues?