Religious Studies

Welcome to our Religious Studies department.

Who We Are
Miss R Wood (Curriculum Leader)
Miss R Cairns
Mr D Constable
Mr P Ging
Miss G Ring
Miss L Allen

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Autumn Term

The Christian Church
• Introduction to the study of religion
• Central Beliefs of Christianity including what is meant by the ‘The Christian Church’?
• Belonging to a community
• Denominations
• Becoming Christian everyday – The impact of beliefs upon actions
• Christianity as a global religion
• What might the Church be like in the future?

Spring Term
Islam in Modern Britain
• Initial stereotypes and questioning preconceptions – introducing facts about Islam in Britain
• The 5 pillars of Islam
• Issues of Identity – Can we have more than one identity? What does it mean to be British and by ‘British Values’?
• Religious freedom in UK and other countries
• Is Britain the best place to be a Muslim?
• Origins of the faith and introducing the themes of suffering, sacrifice and covenant
• Abraham and Isaac
• Moses
• Jewish celebrations and symbolism
• The Synagogue – Reform & Orthodox
• Suffering in modern Jewish history including the Holocaust

Summer Term
Heroes of Faith
• What is a hero?
• Being a religious hero – how faith influences actions
• Is Jesus a hero of faith?
• Study of a range of examples of heroes of faith – what makes them a hero of faith? To what extent are they a good hero of faith? Examples include Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Gandhi, Dalai Lama

Year 8 

Autumn Term
Eastern Religions
• Introduction to Eastern Religions
• Hindu ideas about God
• Hindu beliefs about life after death
• Hindu celebrations e.g. Holi
• Buddhism - the life of the Buddha
• Understanding Buddhist truths, Eightfold path and 5 precepts and the impact they have on the lives of Buddhists
• Buddhist celebrations e.g. Wesak
• Sikhism – Gurus
• Sikh symbols, Khalsa and the meaning of God to Sikhs.

Spring Term

• What is ethics?
• How do people know what is the right or wrong way to act?
• Introduction to the following ethical theories: Absolutism, utilitarianism, situation ethics, the ethics of Jesus, virtue ethics
• Different ethical dilemmas considered including the ‘Trolley Case Study’
• Human Rights
• Applied Ethics: Exploring what is the morally right thing to do in these situations: Animal testing and the Syrian refugee crisis, by applying different ethical theories and considering our human rights.

Summer Term

Philosophy of Religion
• What is philosophy?
• Why do people believe in God?
• Who is God?
• Introduction to the following philosophical theories: Design argument, causation, the problem of evil and suffering.
• How did the world come into existence?
• Does God exist? Considering arguments for both sides of the argument.

Key Stage 4
Examination Board: AQA
The aim of the religious studies course is to learn about a variety of moral issues relevant to today's world and to have an in-depth understanding of the key beliefs and practices within Christianity and Islam (Sunni and Shi’a)

Progression: Religious Studies develops your analysis, problem solving, evaluating, writing, empathy and communication skills. All these skills are transferable to all subjects at Key Stage 4 and 5 and in higher education or the work place.

Religious Education allows you to
• explore the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning
• express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments
• adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
• explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, and engage with them intellectually and respond personally
• enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and contribute to social and community cohesion
• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world
• reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes

Assessment: 100% exam based (2 exams at the end of year 11)

September 2017