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
- 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?
- Allah – oneness
- Worship / belief in action – the five pillars
- Behaviour attitude and ethics
- Family life
- 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.
- 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
- Oldest Religion
- Hindu worship / gods / idols
- The Mandir
- Stories and festivals i.e. Krishna, Rama and Sita
- The importance of family
- 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?
- The Gurus
- The Gurdwara
- The Guru Granth Sahib
- The 5 Ks
- The Sikh way of life
Key Stage 4
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.
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?