Religious Studies Curriculum
RE: provides a space for all students to stop and think and reflect on the big issues of life, the world and the universe. RE informs students about beliefs and values and trains them to respond to both respectfully and critically to different views. It provides an opportunity to question and develop their own ideas about philosophy, religion and ethics. RE is taught through discussion and debate, reading, and writing and through stories, conflicts and dilemmas. At KS3 students have 1 x 100-minute lesson per fortnight. At GCSE there are 3 x 100-minute lessons per fortnight.
The theme running through Year 7 is the Oneness of God with a focus on the important stories of each religion. We study Sikhism in the Autumn Term, looking at the life of Guru Nanak and his teachings as well as some of the practices such as wearing the 5 K’s. We study Judaism in the Spring Term looking at the stories of Abraham and Moses the importance of the Covenant. We also look at the festival of Pesach and the importance of the Torah. In the Summer Term we focus on Christianity through an art project. We look at the core teachings of Jesus and the beliefs of the Incarnation, Trinity, as well as the parables and miracles of Jesus.
Provisional trip to Norwich Synagogue
The Theme running through Year 8 is how religion influences believers. There is a focus on dilemmas that are sometimes raised when a person is influenced by their beliefs. We start with Buddhism, studying some of the key Buddhist beliefs such as the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path and we look at the life of the Buddha. We also study the life of Aung San Suu Kyi and analyse whether she should be regarded as a Buddhist role model. In the Spring Term we study some facts and religious views on the Environment. We look at some of the problems and solutions surrounding the environment and focus on the Abrahamic creation story and how this influences religious believers. In the Summer Term we re-visit Christianity looking at more of the core beliefs such as the atonement and Salvation and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
In year 9 the key theme is contrasting views and conflicts both within a religion and between religious and non-religious views. We start with a philosophical unit of work looking at the relationship between Science and Religion. We study different views about the creation story and compare this with the scientific theories of the Big Bang and Evolution. We look at the Design Theory and how this is used to ‘prove’ the existence of God. In the Spring Term we study an ethical unit covering matters of life and death. We study facts and religious views on issues such as abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty. In the Summer Term we study some of the core beliefs and practices of Islam, the importance of the Qur’an and the life of Muhammad.
Provisional trip to Cambridge Mosque
Religious Studies GCSE
We follow the AQA GCSE Religious Studies course which has two papers and two exams:
Paper 1 Religions including:
Christianity – beliefs and practices
The life and teachings of Jesus and the core beliefs of the Christian Church including the Incarnation, The Trinity, salvation, atonement, life after death and forgiveness.
Contrasting beliefs and practices with regard to the Eucharist, baptism, worship, pilgrimage and festivals. The role of the local and world-wide Church.
Islam – beliefs and practices
The teachings of Muhammad and the core beliefs of Sunni and Shi’a Islam. Contrasting practises such as prayer, charity, pilgrimage, festivals.
Paper 2 Ethical themes including:
Marriage and the Family
Religious views about marriage, divorce, sex before marriage and same sex relationships.
Religion and life
The creation of the world, scientific theories, attitudes to the value of life including abortion and euthanasia and animal rights.
The Existence of God
Philosophical beliefs about God, miracles, visions and arguments for and against the existence of God.
Crime and Punishment
Reasons for crime, Christian attitudes to crimes and criminals, types of punishment, attitudes to corporal and capital punishment.
Provisional trip to Norwich Cathedral and Mosque