Religious Studies for Common Entrance is an authoritative textbook preparing pupils for the compulsory sections of the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) Common Entrance Religious Studies examination.
The course covers all the nominated Old Testament and New Testament texts through an investigative approach - providing active learning for the classroom as well as tasks for independent study and revision.
For each text it provides three components
a) Encounter: dynamic encounter with the Bible text itself, using a range of techniques including dramatic readings, story strips, and retellings.
b) Understand: clear explanation of the background to the text and the key ideas and concepts underlying it, leading to engaging tasks which deepen understanding
c) Apply: connecting these ideas to contemporary moral and social issues. These range from the personal e.g. how to deal with anger or resentment to the global e.g. the imperative to care for the environment.
Section 3 of the book - People and Issues - profiles significant individual Christians such as Martin Luther King and Cicely Saunders.
This Pupil's Book is fully supported by a comprehensive Teacher's Resource Book which also provides Digging Deeper tasks specifically for scholarship candidates.
Susan Grenfell graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Education degree in Theology. She taught Religious Studies at Caldicott Preparatory School and was Head of Study Skills and Learning Support there. She is now Head of Religious Education at St Hugh's Preparatory School, Faringdon. She also runs study skills courses at prep schools.
Michael Wilcockson, Consultant Adviser, is the Chief Setter for Common Entrance Religious Studies and Head of Divinity at Eton College as well as an established author of textbooks for GCSE and A Level Religious Studies.