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“If you don’t know the difference between theology and religious studies, then you’re a theologian'' 

Brian Bocking 

 

The Religious Studies department allow students the opportunity to express their personal opinions and views on the world around them looking at both ethical issues and knowledge of people’s belief of religion as well as looking at their own social, moral, spiritual and cultural ideals. This aims to further their ideas of evaluating and questioning different viewpoints and challenging perceptions that they may hold. This is to create a high love of learning for the subject so that they are able to follow this onto the next steps of their life journey. From 7-11 students are able to engage in the subject. The Religious Studies curriculum also helps with a wide skill set in their future career where we encourage students to study religious studies or philosophy and ethics in college or university.  

Key Stage 3

Year 7  

Students begin with an introduction to key ideas about religion and looking at the role that religion plays in daily lives.  

Autumn term: Students begin the autumn term at religion and what similarities and difference it has. They then move on to look at who is Jesus and some of the parables that he told, looking at the Good Samaritan, parable of the sheep and the goats, and revelation as well as the impact Jesus has had on the world around us. Students also move on to study Judaism and Sikhism in depth.

Spring term: Students spend the spring term looking Philosophy looking at questions like 'who made God?, Can we believe in evolution and God?' and studying the work of philosophers such as Aristotle, they will then move on the look  at creation stories both religious and scientific. Including Christian, Greek, Hindu and Native American.  

Summer Term: we look at Hinduism and Buddhism in depth with beliefs and how this impacts believers. 

 

Year 8 

Autumn term: Students look at a unit on Islam looking at basic beliefs and important figures this is to give them a basic knowledge in the religion. Both looking at the Beliefs and Practices of the religion.  They then move on to looking at the idea of Humanism. 

Spring term: Students looks at the life of Jesus and Christian Martyrs 

Summer term : Students commence looking at a unit on Moral issues and the world around them Moral issues that include death penalty, racism, moral dilemmas and students exploring their own beliefs about this. And the concept of do Actions influence how we live looking at different beliefs about life after death.

Key Stage 4

Year 9 GCSE Option.  

Autumn term: The GCSE course commences with the study of Paper 1, which we focus on the Christianity beliefs part of the paper looking at topics like Salvation, Trinity and life after death. As well as looking at exam skills for the paper one paper.  

 Spring Term: we focus on Christians Practices and what are the differences between them in different denominations this allows students to implement the beliefs they have learnt in the first section and analyse what impact this has on the practices.   

Summer term: This is where we will begin to look at Paper 1 Islam Beliefs in more depth, and exam technique. 

 

Year 10 As of September  2021-2022  

Autumn term: Islam practices we will continue to look at paper 1 and Islam practices.  including Prayer, zakah, Hajj

 

Spring term: We shall begin to look at Paper 2 and theme A of relationship and family including Gender equality, family,

 

Summer term: theme B religion and life.  Animal testing, how the world was created, environment.

Useful links

Websites:

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f 

The Day https://theday.co.uk/?token=9GhmfnHa8imQhloFjdlIsznfsfNDjWHu

 

Reading List:

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

1984 George Orwell 

The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman

Radio Silence Alice Oseman

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

The Hobbit JRR Tolkien

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S Lewis

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 

The Help Kathryn Stockett

The fault in our stars John Green 

Root Magic Eden Royce

The House with Chicken Legs Sophie Anderson

Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan 

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