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Religious Education

Subject Leader: Ms L. Canistri

In Ethics lessons, pupils learn about Christian beliefs and religious rituals for approximately 50% of the school year.  The remainder of their lessons are focused on other religions and associated rituals.

 

Key Stage 3 Topics

Year 7

Christianity:

  • God: What do Christians believe about God? – What do I believe?
  • What are the key principles of the Christian faith?
  • Why are these ideas so important to Christians?
  • How do Christians practice their faith?

Islam:

  • Allah – oneness
  • Faith
  • Worship / belief in action – the five pillars
  • Behaviour attitude and ethics
  • Family life

Year 8

  •  Well-known people of faith- what do they believe and its impact on their lives.
  • Identifying well-known people, such as sports people, actors, singers and T.V. personalities, who follow a faith, and exploring the impact that their faith has upon their lives.

Christianity:

  • Christian Ways of Life: What challenges do Christian ways of living present to people like me?
  • What influences people in making decisions?
  • How do I forgive others?
  • What does Christianity teach about forgiveness?
  • What is meant by reconciliation?
  • Martin Luther King

Hinduism:

  •  Oldest Religion
  • Hindu worship / gods / idols
  • The Mandir
  • Stories and festivals i.e. Krishna, Rama and Sita
  • The importance of family

Year 9

  • Where have we come from and where are we going?- What beliefs do some people hold?
  • What are the specific beliefs about creation that Christians and Jews hold?
  • What are the specific beliefs about creation that Muslims hold?
  • What are the specific beliefs about creation that Hindus hold?
  • What are the specific beliefs about creation that Buddhists hold?
  • What are the specific beliefs about creation that Sikhs hold?
  • What are the specific beliefs about creation that people who are not religious hold?
  • Can we extend our understanding of Humanism as a way of life?
  • Which faiths have a belief in reincarnation?
  • Which faiths have a belief in Heaven?
  • Is a belief in Heaven important to us?
  • What are the specific beliefs after death of people who do not follow a faith?

 Buddhism and Values

  • What can Buddhism and Christianity teach us about values?
  • Why are values important?
  • What values do I have?
  • Why are these values important to me?
  • How do I show that I have these values?
  • Do you have to be ‘religious’ to have values?

Sikhism:

  • The Gurus
  • The Gurdwara
  • The Guru Granth Sahib
  • The 5 Ks
  • The Sikh way of life

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Diversity in Society:

  • What is diversity?
  • How is diversity shown in our class, school and local area?
  • How can prejudices be challenged?
  • Should diversity be celebrated?
  • Do diverse groups actually have some similarities between them?

Students also study the following topics whilst working towards accreditations:

Engaging with the world around you: People

  • Identifying different individuals and groups of people who form part of everyday interactions;
    Developing appropriate skills to promote positive interactions with identified people

Engaging with the world around you: Events

  •  Identifying key events which pupils may have / will take part in;
    Developing appropriate skills to promote positive involvement in key events;

Basic evaluation of benefits of taking part in key events
and 50% which cover the school’s obligation to cover teaching about Christianity and other faiths:

Year 11

Stories of Faith:

  • What can we learn from stories shared by
  • Christians, Jews and Muslims?
  • The Holocaust
  • ‘Ethnic cleansing’ in Cambodia and Bosnia
  • How can genocide be prevented?

Religion and Ethics:

  • What are my opinions about religious and ethical questions?
  • How should animals be treated? – Should they have any rights?
  • Is making the decision to have an abortion straightforward?
  • What is IVF and is it right to interfere with nature?
  • What is surrogacy and is it right to have a baby for someone else?
  • What are ‘Saviour Siblings’ and is it ever right to have a child to save another child?
  • What is euthanasia and should it be allowed if someone is terminally ill with no hope of recovery?

 

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