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The knowledge that RMPS develops is extremely important in understanding the world and the society that we live in. For example, global events and the media have led to some having a distorted view of the religion of Islam. In S2 RMPS we hope to address misconceptions of this kind.

Islam is the second largest religion in the world today, with over 1.4 billion followers. It is the second largest in Scotland. Islam is also one of the most misunderstood faiths of this world.

The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence states that the challenge of religions to our society are to be explored. One of the most pressing problems facing our society is the exponential rise in Islamophobia and hate crime. This unit examines how the media’s portrayal of global events and terrorism can distort non-Muslims’ views of the religion. This unit tries to remedy this and to help pupils see that they themselves can play an active role in combating this potentially divisive problem.


In S2 RMPS pupils study one topic: Islam: Beliefs and Issues

  • Why study Islam?
  • Origins of Islam
  • Holy Book
  • Place of Worship
  • Muslim Beliefs and Practices
  • The Ummah
  • Issues for Islam today

In the class room

The focus is very much on active learning. Pupils will follow the course through a comprehensive set of PowerPoints with a wide variety of active tasks. Tasks include the use of priority pyramids, card sorts, pictures, card diamonds, library research visit, short video clips and written answers. Pupils are given a Skills and Homework booklet, outlining how to structure answers and possible homework questions for teachers to set as appropriate. Pupils are also given a Learning Log which outlines success criteria for specific assessed pieces and gives pupils a chance to evaluate their learning and set targets for the future. Pupils will also develop their Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing throughout the S2 courses through a variety of tasks, peered work and group investigations.

World of work

Pupils will learn literacy and numeracy skills. They will learn how to select information and present arguments. Pupils will be encouraged to think critically and form reasoned opinions on a variety of issues. Jobs where RMPS would be useful include: Assistant-immigration-officer, Race Relations officer, MSP, MP, Local Government officer, Law, Volunteer organiser, Police.