RELIGIOUS

       STUDIES

Religious Studies

Is Religion an outdated, irrelevant subject? Hardly. A basic understanding of religion
and religions is indispensable knowledge for anyone functioning within a contemporary,
multicultural society. All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect and tolerate the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.

Curriculum Overview: Religious Studies
Year 7 Year 8

The Island-An exploration into how religion is formed and how it has developed and grown throughout history.

 What does it mean to be Jewish- An introduction into key Jewish beliefs, teachings and practices and how this fits in with contemporary life and British values.

What does it mean to be Muslim- An introduction into core Islamic beliefs, teachings and practices. With insight into how this fits with modern life and British values.

What does it mean to be Buddhist- An introduction into core Buddhist beliefs, the founding of Buddhism and the practices and beliefs of the religion.

Does it make sense to believe in God- an insight into the reasons and criticisms with believing in God and religion. Including the history and evidence of the existence of God.

War, what is it good for?- A look at how religion has caused and impacted war throughout History and what religions believe the correct response is to war.

The problem of Evil and Suffering- If God is all loving, powerful and knowing, why do bad things happen? An insight into religious justification surrounding evil and suffering and why others would criticise this.

Who’s world is it anyway?- Investigating the rights of humans and the worlds creatures. Who is responsible for the way the world is run or how people treat the environment they live in. From animal rights to food laws.

What does it mean to be a British Muslim?- Looking at how Islam promotes cohesion with British values.

 

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

•Key beliefs in Christianity
•Jesus Christ and salvation
•Key beliefs in Islam
•Sources of Authority in Islam
•Worship in Christianity
•The role of the church

•Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 1- Relationships and Families
•Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 2- Religion, peace and conflict
•Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 3- Religion and Life
•Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 4- Religion, crime and punishment

 

  • Key beliefs in Christianity
    •Jesus Christ and salvation
    •Key beliefs in Islam
    •Sources of Authority in Islam
    •Worship in Christianity
    •The role of the church

Religious themes 1-4.

Assessment

Two 1 hour 45 minute exams.

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

Exam Board Specification:  AQA

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Enrichment Offer

Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.