Belief and Values
‘It is not our differences that divide us but the inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.’ Audre Lorde
In our ever changing world the understanding of each other’s differences is more vital than ever. It is our aim to explore thoughts, ideas and beliefs from both a religious and non-religious perspective. Pupils will be challenged in their thinking and understanding to consider other people’s thoughts and feelings.
Curriculum Overview – Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students will study:
An introduction to religion
Why study religion?
A brief overview of six world religions.
Christianity and Justice
A focus on Martin Luther King and his fight for justice in America.
How MLK’s Christian faith inspired him to want to make a change.
- A study of Islamic beliefs and values, specifically the five pillars and the why these are important to Muslims.
- Debating whether the call to prayer should be broadcast five times a day.
Human rights and responsibilities
- Exploration of ethical issues ranging from the rights of animals to whose decision should it be to separate conjoined twins.
Body and soul
- How do we use our bodies and mind? What does this mean to religious people? A focus on Buddhism and mindfulness.
- A study of transplants and transfusions and the ethical dilemmas these raise.
- A study of Sikh beliefs and values, specifically the five K’s and why these are important to Sikhs.
- To explore the issues of being a Sikh in modern Britain.
Good and Evil
- To explore the idea of good and evil from a variety of viewpoints including Christian, Hindu and Humanist.
- Questioning ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?
Ultimate Questions – a focus on the question of suffering
- What happens when we die?
- Is there a God?
- Why is there suffering in the world?
Rwanda and The Holocaust comparison
- A comparison between Rwanda and the Holocaust
- Evaluating whether trials and punishments would help stop the suffering.
AQA Religious Studies Specification A.
Two exams (components) both worth 50% of the overall mark
Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices.
At present we study Christianity and Islam.
Component 2: Thematic studies
• Theme B: Religion and life.
• Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict.
• Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.
• Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice.
Homework / Independent Learning
As lessons are fortnightly pupils will be given a homework each term that will contribute to an assessed piece of work in class.
Extra-curricular and Enrichment Opportunities
Easter Celebration in year 7.
Acts of Kindness week in year 8.
Silver smarties in year 9.