Religious Education

KS3 

Year Group

Areas of Study

7

Term 1: What is Religious Education? Sikhism (1) Beliefs; concepts; authority, expressions of spirituality – What does the gurdwara tell us about Sikh beliefs?

Term 2: Sikhism (2) How do Sikh beliefs affect their actions? Sikh attitudes towards moral issues – reference to the Khalsa

Term 3: Christianity (1) Beliefs; concepts; authority: Beliefs about Jesus’ birth What do Christians believe about the importance of Jesus’ incarnation? 

Term 4: Christianity (2) Beliefs; concepts; authority – Jesus’ controversial teaching; events of the Last Week

Term 5: Buddhism (1) Beliefs; concepts; authority: Why was Gotama Buddha so special? Life of the Buddha, 4 Noble Truth, the Middle Way

Term 6: Christianity (3) Rights and responsibilities; What does justice mean to Christians? Christian idea of service and self-sacrifice; Mother Teresa; The work of TEAR Fund/Christian Aid

8

Terms 1-3: Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. The topics are broken down into significant areas including Origins, Festivals and Initiation

Terms 4-6: Developing understanding of the impact these three religions have had on the world
and on the experience of their followers. This includes the study of the role/experience of women
in each religion

9

Term 1: Philosophy of Religion: Faith vs Proof; The Design and Cosmological arguments for the existence of God; miracles

Term 2: Are science and faith in conflict? Does science make belief in God redundant?

Terms 3 & 4: Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

Term 5: Life after Death

Term 6: Human rights

 KS4

Subject: Religious Studies (Exam board) AQA Spec A

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

Religious studies graduates have gone into careers in a variety of fields that require critical thinking, subtle analysis, and skilled articulation.

The application of ethical principles is essential to most disciplines but particularly to modern-day medicine, science, technology, environmental studies, economics and business. It obviously has great value for such careers as social work, medicine, the law, nursing and teaching.

Skills/competencies developed:

The Religious Studies GCSE is designed to link closely with other subjects, particularly Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education.  It encourages skills in investigation; interpretation; reflection; empathy; evaluation; analysis; synthesis; application; expression.

It also includes developing attitudes such as care and concern of others; commitment; sense of fairness; respect, including respecting those who have different beliefs and customs to one’s own, recognising the rights of others to hold their own views, and appreciating other  people’s religious convictions; self-understanding; enquiry.

Content (broken down by units at GCSE):

Year 10

The Study of Religions: Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings, Christianity: Practices

The aim of these topics is to enable students to understand and reflect upon the key concepts, teachings and practices within Christianity. This includes the study of the trinity, the afterlife and judgement, and festivals and baptism.

Thematic Studies: Religion and Life, Religion, Peace and Conflict

The aim of these topics is to encourage students to think about current issues within our society; including matters such as abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation and whether a war can ever be considered just.

Year 11

The Study of Religions: Buddhism Beliefs and Teachings, Buddhism Practices

The aim of these topics is to enable students to understand and reflect upon the key concepts, teachings and practices within Buddhism. This includes the study of the Buddha’s enlightenment and the Four Nobel Truths, and meditations and festivals.

Thematic Studies: Religion and Life, Crime and Punishment

The aim of these topics is to encourage students to think about current issues within our society; including matters such as social justice and religious freedom, and the aims of punishment and the death penalty.

Students will take two final examinations at the end of Year 11.