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Religious Studies

Religious Studies

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is varied, with each year group following units of work that are designed to help them to develop as independent thinkers. It gives them the opportunity to explore issues and beliefs in today's society and see things from other people's perspectives. At Key Stage 4 students have the option of GCSE philosophy and ethics. Students will explore and develop an understanding of different beliefs systems and how they can relate them, to ethical issues.

Religious studies will give students the opportunity to develop opinions and understand ethical issues relevant to them and society.

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Students will gain understanding of the variations within British culture using secular and religious examples. They will be introduced to the concept of spirituality and the impact this has on everyday life.

Topics taught

  • Relationships with others
  • Religion and Science
  • Buddhism
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Discrimination

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Students will explore Christian and Buddhist attitudes to modern day topical issues. Students will explore the use of the death penalty across the world and the religious responses. They will explore the issues arising in medical ethics such as; genetic engineering and cloning.

Topics taught

  • Arguments for and against the death penalty
  • Genetic engineering
  • Reproductive and therapeutic cloning
  • Saviour sibling
  • Animal experimentation
  • Apply religious beliefs to medical ethics

Year 9

Learning outcomes

Philosophy and Ethics: students will build on their understanding of religious beliefs and will begin to explore philosophical and ethical questions from a Christian and Buddhist perspective. We study AQA Religious Studies A.

Topics taught

  • AQA Religious Studies A Christianity Theme E: Crime and punishment
  • Crime and punishment
  • Reasons for crime
  • Christian attitudes to lawbreakers
  • Three aims of punishment
  • Christian attitudes to suffering
  • Christian attitudes to punishment
  • Christian attitudes to forgiveness
  • Christian attitudes to capital punishment
  • AQA Religious Studies A Christianity Theme A: Relationships and families
  • Christian teaching about human sexuality
  • Sexual relationships outside marriage
  • Contraception and family planning
  • Christian teachings about marriage
  • Divorce and remarriage
  • Religious teachings about the nature of families
  • Religious teachings about the purpose of families
  • Religious attitudes to gender equality
  • AQA  Religious Studies A: Buddhist Beliefs
  • The birth of the Buddha
  • The Buddha’s enlightenment
  • The Dhamma
  • The three marks of existence
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism
  • The Arhat and Bodhisattva

Year 10

Learning outcomes

Philosophy and Ethics: students will deepen their understanding of religious beliefs by asking and responding to complex philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas from a Christian and Buddhist perspective.

Topics taught

  • AQA Religious Studies A: Buddhist Practices
  • Places of worship and how Buddhists worship
  • Meditation
  • Samatha and Vipassana meditation
  • Ceremonies and rituals
  • Wesak and Parinvan a festivals
  • Karma
  • Five moral precepts
  • The six perfections
  • AQA Religious Studies A: Christian Beliefs
  • The nature of God
  • Attributes of God
  • The Trinity
  • The creation
  • Incarnation
  • Crucifixion
  • The Resurrection
  • Judgement
  • Death and afterlife
  • Sin and Salvation
  • AQA Religious Studies A: Christian Practices
  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • The sacraments
  • Pilgrimage
  • Festivals
  • The role of the church
  • Church growth
  • Persecution
  • Poverty

Year 11

Learning outcomes

Philosophy and Ethics: Students will deepen their understanding of religious beliefs by asking and responding to complex philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas from a Christian and Buddhist perspective; they will prepare for the final examinations.

Topics taught

  • AQA Religious Studies A Theme B:

Religion and Life

  • Religion and science
  • Environment
  • Pollution
  • Use and abuse of animals
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Death and the afterlife
  • AQA Religious Studies A Christianity Theme D:
  • War and Peace
  • Violent protest and terrorism
  • Reasons for war
  • Nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction
  • The Just war theory
  • Holy war
  • Pacifism
  • Exam preparation