As an introduction to World Religions in Year 7, the following topics are covered:
By the end of this unit of work, all pupils will have explored what it means to be a Christian today, through evaluation of the teachings of Jesus and how these influences modern Christians, and their attitudes.
By the end of the this topic, all pupils will have explored what it means to be a Muslim today. They will acquire a thorough understanding of key beliefs and teachings, with a particular reference to the Prophet Muhammad and his importance. Pupils will develop evaluation and analytical skills.
Pupils will investigate what being Jewish means to different members of the Jewish community. They will acquire a thorough understanding of Jewish beliefs and teachings, with particular reference to the influence of Moses as a religious leader.
By the end of this topic, all pupils will have an in depth knowledge of what it means to be a Buddhist in society today. They will acquire a thorough understanding of the Buddha’s guidelines and examples. Pupils will develop their decision making skills.
Pupils will spend a half term studying the key elements of the Sikh religion, focussing in particular on aspects of religious apparel and community cohesion as a means of religious expression.
Pupils will investigate what being a Hindu means to different members of the Hindu community. They will develop an understanding of actions and their consequences through the study of Hindu Dharma and samsara.
Year 8 pupils explore moral issues and an In depth study of Christianity and Islam.
The following topics are covered:
Is it hard to be a Muslim in the UK?
Pupils will spend a full term investigating the growth and expansion of Islam and its religious and cultural impact on the modern world. The course will explore themes such as media representations of Islam and the impact this has on the religious and wider communities. This course will also cover the key beliefs and practices in Islam to build core knowledge of the concepts needed for deeper exploration at GCSE level.
Why is Christianity the largest religion in the world?
Students will complete an investigation into the growth and expansion of Christianity, exploring how Christianity has shaped our history and culture in the UK today. The course will explore themes such as Christianity’s expansion around the world and if miracles still happen today. This course will also cover key beliefs and practices in Christianity to build core knowledge of concepts needed for deeper exploration at GCSE level.
Should the death penalty be brought back to the UK?
Students will apply their knowledge of Christianity and Islam to a contemporary modern issue. Students will explore the history of the death penalty in the UK and the current political and social context surrounding the death penalty. They will evaluate Islamic and Christian views on both sides of the arguments while also developing their analytical skills. Students will focus on how to structure an argument for the GCSE showing knowledge, understanding evaluation and the impact that moral beliefs have on the individual and therefore, society.
During Year 9, the following topics are covered:
Students will study numerous ways in which religious believers choose to representation their faith. They will Investigate a range of views on the representation of religion in society, whilst referring to human rights issues. Students will be expected to use evaluation and justification skills. During the Autumn term, students will look at how religion is portrayed in the media with specific links to Islamaphobia, after the New York and London terrorist attacks. Students will be expected to present balanced views on the freedom of speech and expression and whether the media provides a balanced and fair view on different world religions. Students will study different methods of religious expression that builds knowledge towards GCSE topics on worship.
Religion and medical ethics
Exploring a range of religious and non religious views in relation to medical procedures. During the Spring term, students will study religion and morality and the sanctity of life. Students will analyse the ‘worth’ of life and make judgements on moral issues such as fertility treatments, genetic engineering and transplant surgery. Students will consider different religious and non religious views on when life begins. This work will then link to GCSE topics on euthanasia and abortion and the rights of the individual.
Religion and drugs
Exploring a range of religious and non religious views in relation to drug use in society. The summer term, focus is on delivering the drugs education aspect of PHSE whilst dovetailing this with religious views on the topic. Students will analyse case studies that provide an insight into addiction and its root causes. Students will study the different classification of drugs, including prescription drugs, cigarettes, vaping and alcohol. The views of different religions will be considered and teachings from various texts.