Religious Studies

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Vision

To promote social cohesion in our school environment and wider community. To ignite an interest in philosophy and the different religions in the World.

Disciplinary Concepts

  • Compare and contrast key concepts across world religions
  • Significance
  • Application of abstract theological ideas to our modern world
  • Explanation
  • Evaluation

Big Questions

  • What is religion?
  • What is discrimination?
  • Does God exist?
  • When does life begin and end?
  • Why have groups of people been denied their rights?
  • Is war ever acceptable?
  • Is religion still relevant in our society?
  • Is religion a man-made concept to create order in society?
  • Has religion ever been used to bring about social change?

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Religion & Prejudice (what is it, types of discrimination, religious attitudes towards discrimination), Evil and suffering (problems of suffering, reasons for it, religious explanations for suffering, problem of evil and David Hume’s inconsistent triad), Miracles (what is a miracle, does God perform them, can humans perform miracles, evidence for and against miracles, David Hume’s argument on miracles), Women and Religion (role of women today, women in world religions, gender equality, is religion oppressive to women), Religion and Young People (birth ceremonies, festivals, is religion still relevant)uH

Year 8

Existence of God (Cosmological and Design Argument, miracles and the Existence of God, Religious Experience, Humanism and Atheism), Science and Religion (truth, evolution, creation, religion and the environment), Life after Death (immortality, Dualism, Hinduism – Karma / reincarnation, Christianity and LAD, Humanism/Atheism and LAD), Religion Peace & Conflict (reasons for war, JWT, pacifism, WMD and nuclear war, religious responses to victims of war), Judaism and The Holocaust (beliefs and symbols, comparing Christianity and Judaism, Christian persecution in Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer, Moral responsibility for The Holocaust), Human Rights (women rights, civil rights, religion and social change).

Year 9

Christianity – Beliefs and Teaching:

Nature of God, Attributes of God, The Trinity, Creation, Resurrection and LAD, The afterlife and judgment, Heaven and Hell, Incarnation of Jesus, The crucifixion, the resurrection and ascension, sin and salvation.

Christianity – Practices

Worship, Baptism, Holy Communion, Pilgrimage, Celebrating festivals, the role of the Church, the place of mission, the importance of the world in salvation.

Year 10

Islam – Beliefs and Teaching:

The oneness of God, Sunni and Shia Beliefs, Qur’an, What is Allah like, Angels, Predestination, LAD, Prophet hood and Adam.

Year 11

6 Thematic studies looked at across Christianity and Islam:
A) Relationships and family

B) Religion and Life

C) Existence of God and Revelation

D) Peace and Conflict

E) Religion, Crime and Punishment

F) Religion, Rights and Social Justice

Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum Map Year 7 31st Aug 2020 Download
Curriculum Map Year 8 31st Aug 2020 Download
KS4 Curriculum Maps 31st Aug 2020 Download