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Religious Studies Curriculum 2021/22

KS3 Year 7

Autumn

What is a community?
Throughout their transition unit of study students enquire what it means to be in a community and the core concepts of belonging and sacredness. Throughout Autumn students develop their communication and written skills and learn to apply philosophical content to modern day societies and scenarios.

Spring

Buddhism:
Throughout Spring students carry out a broad and detailed study into Buddhism and the key concepts of Ahimsa (harmlessness), Dukkha (suffering) and Sangha (community). Students will enquire into Eastern rituals and whether meditations can alleviate suffering for the individual. This unit also allows students to articulate and develop their own moral perspectives on suffering and harm and apply them to the curriculum. 

Summer

Christianity:
Students research Christianity and how it has developed throughout history, for example, the concept of love (agape), views on God and the Christian Church. Students apply their understanding of faith and the world around them to Christian beliefs and traditions, and enquire how the faith and Church contribute to modern Britain.

KS3 Year 8

Autumn

Hinduism:
Students begin their year by enquiring into the creation of the world from an Eastern worldview, whilst being able to explore their own beliefs and understanding. This unit also covers the concept of hierarchy and how historically the Caste System and Karma has affected human society and social mobility. Learners also question the authenticity of the afterlife using both their own understanding and a Hindu perspective. This unit allows students to develop and articulate their own views on faith with philosophical support.

Spring

Humanism:
In this unit of study students take a deeper look into the concepts of birth, life and death. Students begin to look into real life situations and issues and how science has greatly impacted life, both positively and negatively. Learners enquire into what makes us as individuals part of the human species and how we can define the soul from both a religious and non-religious worldview.

Summer

Islam:
During the summer unit of study learners look into the rule of Islam and the impact they have on Muslims today. Students assess the five pillars of Islam and the contributions to charities by Muslims. Learners also consider whether Hajj (pilgrimage) is always attainable for Muslims to fulfil their duties and explore into the true definition of Islam (peace).

KS4 Year 9

Autumn

Introduction to Ethics:
In order to introduce students to their GCSE subject, learners will return to looking at ethics in detail with specific reference to animal rights and medical ethics (e.g. should we allow saviour siblings, enhancements). This equips them with written and verbal skills required to thrive in their GCSE subject.

Relationships:
This theme requires learners to consider characteristics of relationships, marriage and family life. Through a study of beliefs and teachings, questions relating to issues of relationships in the twenty-first century will be considered, including same sex relationships and gender roles.

Spring

Christian Beliefs and Teachings:
The compulsory nature of this component ensures that learners know and understand the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, but also diverse. Students look into the specific beliefs of many denominations of Christians, including Catholics, Anglican Christians and Evangelical beliefs.

Life and Death:
This theme requires learners to consider religious and non-religious beliefs about the nature of life and death and the origins and value of the universe and human life. Students also learn about sensitive topics such as abortion and euthanasia.

Summer

Hindu Beliefs and Teachings:
This unit asks students to enquire into the diversity of views in Hinduism and amongst Hindus in Britain today. Throughout this term students look in detail at the beliefs surrounding Brahman, atman (the human concept of self) and cosmology amongst many other ethical and spiritual beliefs.

Revision and Exam Practice:
Students are expected to revise and consider previous units in detail to prepare them for exams and future life.

KS4 Year 10

Autumn

Christian Practices:
Students continue their studies on Christianity by taking a deeper looking into the practices of many denominations of Christians. These practices range from the Sacraments (marriage, funerals, holy orders, baptism etc) to religious festivals such as Christmas and Easter. This unit allows students to understand the actions of their own lives as well as the impact and influence these practices have on Christians lives.

Good and Evil:
This theme requires learners to consider philosophical questions concerning the origins and nature of good and evil. Through a study of teachings and beliefs, questions relating to the causes of crime and attitudes towards the aims of punishment and treatment of criminals will be considered.

Spring

Judaism Beliefs and Teachings:
Studying Judaism Beliefs and Teachings broadens students’ understandings of other world faiths and views. Students specifically look into the Mitvah (rules), Pikuach Nefesh (saving human life) and other essential beliefs that shape the lives of individuals across the world.

Human Rights:
This theme considers contemporary issues of human rights and social justice and their relationship with religion and belief. Learners will be expected to consider specific issues of wealth and poverty, racial prejudice and discrimination.

Summer

Judaism Practices:
Continuing the topic of Judaism into Practices allows students to apply previous knowledge to real world events such as religious festivals and marriage. This allows deeper analysis into worldviews and how practices influence individuals.

Revision for exams:
Students are expected to revise and consider previous units in detail to prepare them for exams and future life.