Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 explore a range of topics examining key beliefs and practices in Christianity and Buddhism. Topics include: Christianity, Communities of Faith, The Parables of Jesus, Peace and Conflict, Buddhism and Diversity, Respect and Understanding. Students will tackle a range of subjects and discuss key concepts such as the meaning of faith, the importance of religious and cultural understanding, the nature of war and many others. Students are introduced to the foundation of Christian and Buddhist belief, and encouraged to question their own and others’ beliefs.
Students in Year 8 build on the knowledge gained in the previous academic year and go on to evaluate and explore topics relevant to their own experience. Topics include: Worship and Celebration, Places of Pilgrimage, Hinduism, Sacred Earth, Judaism and the Holocaust. Students tackle challenging and thought-provoking concepts about the world and the way in which human beings act and interact within it.
Year 9 follow a KS3 curriculum until the end of the first term, after which they follow the GCSE AQA Religious Studies A Specification, which continues into Year 10 and 11. Before starting the GCSE specification, Year 9 will examine the topics of ‘Sacred Earth’ and ‘Rights and Responsibilities.’
Key Stage 4:
Examination Board: AQA
This course aims to give students the opportunity to:
· Acquire knowledge and develop understanding of the key beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Judaism
· Consider the influence of beliefs, teachings and values on the lives of believers
· Consider religious and other responses to moral, ethical and philosophical issues in the world today
· Identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions about life and meaning, including questions about the nature of evil and suffering, life after death, peace and conflict, poverty and crime and punishment.
· Develop skills relevant to the study of religion, ethics and philosophy
This is a single tier examination
Students will sit two exams at the end of Year 11.
Paper One, which accounts for 50% of the grade, lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper Two, which accounts for 50% of students’ overall grades, lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes.
Paper One: The Study of Religions
The study of Christianity: beliefs, teachings and practices.
The study of Judaism: beliefs, teachings and practices.
Paper Two: Religious, philosophical and ethical studies
·Theme A: Relationships and families
· Theme B: Religion and life
· Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict
· Theme: E Religion, crime and punishment