RE

Year 7

   

RE  Curriculum

       

Aim

   

To challenge students to investigate the ideas about belief from evidence and opinion.

     

Topics covered

   

Term 1: Two themes.

Introducing philosophy - An investigation into the beliefs about the existence of God.

Judaism - An investigation into what it means to be Jewish. This will then link to the next unit.

Term 2 Investigating Jesus - The circumstances of Jesus’ birth; Angels and their role as messengers; teachings of Jesus; Parables; Miracles; Death of Jesus and his resurrection.

Term 3 In-depth study of Sikhism and Humanism in contemporary Britain.

     

Homework

   

Aim to set homework every week at the teacher’s discretion.

     

Assessment

 

3 formal assessments, one at the end of each major unit of study.

     

Year 8

   

RE  Curriculum

       

Aim

   

To investigate the three religions of the book and a selection of contemporary ethical issues.

     

Topics covered

   

Term 1 An introduction to monotheistic religions, in particular an exploration of the core beliefs within Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their expression in contemporary society.

Term 2 Two themes.

Environmentalism and the role of religious belief in caring for planet earth. Animal rights and how religion and society treat animals in the context of food, entertainment, war and the preservation of species.

Term 3 An introduction to the concepts of war, peace and justice  
     

Homework

   

Aim to set homework every 2 weeks at the teacher’s discretion.

     

Assessments

   

3 formal assessments, one at the end of each major unit of study.

     

Year 9

   

RE Curriculum

       

Aim

   

To investigate a non-theistic religion (Buddhism) and a selection of contemporary ethical issues.

     

Topics covered

   

Term 1 Two themes.

An introduction to Buddhism including the life of the Buddha, his teachings and their practice in Britain today.
Prejudice and discrimination including its forms, religious attitudes and the law in the UK.

Term 2 Two themes. The problem of evil and suffering and life after death.

Term 3 Two themes. Science and religion; Drugs in society.

     

Homework

   

Aim to set homework every 2 weeks at the teacher’s discretion.

     

Assessment

    3 formal assessments, one at the end of each major unit of study.      

Years 10/11

   

RE Curriculum

       

Aim

   

To explore a range of contemporary issues that enables the development of critical thinking and oracy skills.

     

Topics covered

   

These will include issues such as the sanctity and value of life, the right to a child, genetic engineering, abortion, alternatives to abortion, transplant surgery, euthanasia, the nature of war and terrorism, nationhood and prejudice based upon current issues arising within the news and other media.

     

Homework

    Homework tasks will vary, research/investigation for presentations.      

Assessments

   

There is no formal assessment but will be based on participation and the delivery of presentations.

     

Year 10

   

AQA Religious studies - gcse option

     

Aim

   

Students can take AQA Religious Studies Specification A as one of their GCSE options. The aim of the course is to encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and teachings so contributing to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community

     

Topics covered

   

Component 1, The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices.

In this, students will focus on two world religions, Buddhism and Christianity. They will explore their core beliefs, the lives of their founders, worship, festivals and the roles of these faiths in the lives of individuals, communities and societies, particularly in the UK.

     

Homework

   

Homework tasks will vary, research/investigation; a variety of exam questions including the 6 mark essay questions.

     

Assessments

   

There is NO coursework but two written exams of 1 hour 45 minutes each, taken at the end of Year 11.

There will be 4 formal internal assessments, one at the end of each major unit of study and an end of year internal exam.
     

year 11

   

AQA religious studies - GCSE Option

     
Aim     The aim of the year 11 GCSE option is to follow on from the year 10 exploration of two religions by using their beliefs to explore four philosophical and ethical themes that impact on contemporary society. This leads to the completion of the two year GCSE full course in religious studies.      
Topics covered    

Year 11 - Component 2: Thematic studies.

The Four themes are:

1.       Religion and life, including the value of the universe, human and animal life with particular reference to the issues of abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation.

2.       The existence of God and revelation, including philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God.

3.       Religion, peace and conflict, including causes of violence, terrorism and war and the role of religion and belief in 21st century conflict.

Religion, crime and punishment, including the causes of crime, the purpose of punishment and ethical arguments related to the death penalty.
     
Homework     Homework tasks will vary, research/investigation; a variety of exam questions including the 6 mark essay questions.      
Assessment    

There is NO coursework but two written exams of 1 hour 45 minutes each, taken at the end of Year 11.

In addition, there will be 4 formal internal assessments, one at the end of each major unit of study and a mock internal exam.
     

year 12

   

ocr religious studies - a level option (year 1)

     
Aim     To begin exploring the first year topics of the Religious Studies A level course as set out by their syllabus (Unit H573/01; Unit H573/02; Unit H573/06), in order to develop student interest in a rigorous study of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies.      

Topics covereed

   

philosophy

ethics

 

buddhism

     

 

   

Ancient philosophical influences of Plato and Aristotle

The nature of the soul, mind and body

Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God

The nature and impact of religious experience

The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil.

Ethical theories including Natural Law, Kantianism and Utilitarianism

The application of ethical theory to business (Corporate social responsibility, whistle-blowing and globalisation) as well as the issue of euthanasia (Sanctity of life versus quality of life; the debates surrounding voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia).

 

The Buddha’s intellectual context in terms of Ancient Indian Society

The life of the Buddha

The teachings or Dharma of the Buddha

The community or Sangha within Buddhism

Meditation, its aims and methods.

     

Homework

 

   

Homework tasks will vary,research/investigation; and practice exam questions.

   

Assessment

   

As this is year 1 of a two-year course, all external assessment will take place at the end of year 13.

There will be a mock internal exam

     

year 13

   

ocr religious studies - a level option (year 2)

     

Aim

   

To further explore and ultimately cover all of the topics of the Religious Studies A level course as set out by their syllabus (Unit H573/01; Unit H573/02; Unit H573/06), in order to develop student interest in a rigorous study of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies.

     

Topics Covered

   

philosophy

The nature and attributes of God including the issue of free will

The meaning of religious language both symbolically and literally

Twentieth-century perspectives and philosophical comparisons in terms of meaning within religion and language

ethics

Meta-ethical theories and whether terms such as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ have any objective meaning

The nature of conscience from a theological and psychological perspective.

The application of ethical theory to issues within sexual ethics including premarital/extramarital sex and homosexuality.

 

buddhism

The development of Mahayana Buddhism

Buddhism in the Far East including Zen and Pure Land forms

Buddhism in the west – its spread and adaption

Buddhism and social activism including the role of women.

     

Homework

   

Homework tasks will vary, research/investigation; and practice exam questions.

     

Assessment

   

Homework tasks will vary, research/investigation; and practice exam questions.