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Religion & Ethics

 

During the programme of study at Key Stage 3 students will be taught key skills: describe, explain, evaluate and articulate. All students will have basic skills that they are required to meet each year however it is hoped that the students will build upon this and make good if not excellent progress in the subject.  All of these skills, and the topics the students study, are essential for GCSE Religion and Ethics. Our ultimate aim is for each student to master these skills to the point where they can use them automatically by Key Stage 4. To further aid this we have changed the Programme of Study so there is less content and more focus on quality rather than quantity. The foundation for all of the skills is confidence with knowledge and we expect this to be developed through the use of our revision and practice booklets.

Year 7

During Year 7 students will learn about the six major world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism). It is hoped that this will allow students to use this knowledge as a foundation to all future work in the subject. Students will learn the basics of each religion such as how it started, their holy building, their holy book, a key festival and important figures.

Year 8

Terms 1 and 2 - Festivals

During this unit students will learn about a variety of religious festivals (Judaism, Islam and Christianity). They will learn why the festivals are celebrated and the traditional customs associated with celebrating the event.

Terms 3 and 4 - Pilgrimages

Students will look at what pilgrimages are and why they are an important practice for religious believers. They will look at key places of pilgrimage such as Lourdes, Mecca, The Golden Temple and the Ganges.

Term 5-6 – Rites of passage (The blurb for this can stay the same)

Terms 5 and 6 - Belonging and Commitment

During this unit students will learn what it means to have a sense of identity and that for religious believers their beliefs is what gives them their sense of identity. We will look at what a community is and what it means to be part of a community. We will then look at how different religions welcome members into their community. We will study topics such as baptism and the Sikh naming ceremony.

Key Stage 4

Course: Religious Studies Specification A

Board - AQA

Qualification GCSE

 

Description of course:

Pupils are asked to look at the beliefs and practices of two major world faiths. Students will study both  Christianity and Islam and look at the way in which they have developed over time, their holy books, key festivals and practices as well as how these things affect the lives of believers.

Students also study four ethics topics:

Relationships and families - Issues of marriage, divorce, same sex relationships, roles of the family

Religion and Life Issues of creation, IVF, Abortion

Religion peace and conflict Issues of conflict, peace, suffering and non-violent protests.

Religion, crime and punishment Issues of punishment including capital punishment, human rights

 

We also offer a short course for some year groups which is as follows

Course: Religious Studies Short Course

Board - AQA

Qualification  half GCSE

 

Description of course:

Pupils are asked to look at the beliefs of two major world faiths. Students will study both  Christianity and Islam and look at the way in which they have developed over time, their holy books, and key festivals.

Students also study two ethics topics:

Relationships and families - Issues of marriage, divorce, same sex relationships, roles of the family

Religion peace and conflict Issues of conflict, peace, suffering and non-violent protests.