Key Stage 3 Religious Education

The following topics are taught in years 7 to 9 to inspire an interest and understanding in faith and belief. The basic belief systems of most major world religions are introduced to the students over the three years but, in line with Government guidelines, particular emphasis is given to aspects of Christianity. Although self-assessment and peer assessment are an integral element of teaching RE at both Key Stage 3 and 4 all the assessments below are also marked by the subject teacher during the course of the year.

Year 7

  • Starter Quiz. An introduction to religion and students` understanding of religious belief.
  • Students` own beliefs in Spider Diagrams and Mind Maps.
  • An understanding of other people’s belief structure and the idea of tolerance.
  • What are the key beliefs of the Christian Church?
  • What are the differences between Christian Creeds?
  • “The Island.” Learning to work together under a moral code.
  • Key religious questions in life.
  • What is the nature of God in Islam and Sikhism?
  • The Christian Ten Commandments.
  • The Five Pillars of Islam.
  • Common ground between Islam and Christianity.
  • Martin Luther and the break with Rome.
  • Corruption in the Catholic Church in the 15th century?
  • Physical differences between a Catholic and Protestant Church.
  • Differences between the Catholic and Protestant Church today?
  • The Catholic Creed.
  • The English Reformation. Why did Henry change England`s religion?
  • Were the monasteries corrupt?
  • What are the five K`s of Sikhism?
  • Five contentious beliefs involved with Sikhism. GROUPWORK ASSESSMENT ON ASPECTS OF SIKHISM. EVALUATION SKILLS.

Year 8

  • The importance of studying religion in relation to current affairs today.
  • Why do Christians wish to help those in need?
  • The response of an individual or agency to suffering. eg Christian Aid.
  • Devise your own charity exercise. Pair work and class presentation.
  • Religious role models Ghandi and Mother Teresa.
  • Research exercise looking at an individual religious role model of their choice.
  • Does religion make the world a better place?  Good and bad examples of religion today.
  • Overview of religions covered in years 7 to 9.

Year 9

  • The influence of Buddhism in the world today.
  • The relevance of Buddhist ideas in the 21st century.
  • The Buddhist response to suffering.
  • An analysis of the lives of the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • The meaning of Buddhist quotations.
  • An evaluation of Buddhist sacred texts.
  • The story of Abraham and trust in God.
  • Does suffering have a point?
  • Christian responses to suffering.
  • Suffering in the world today. Media research.
  • Religion and Conflict. An analysis of the “Just War” tradition.
  • Religion and Conflict. The similarities between Christian and Islamic views on war.
  • Does violence always breed violence?
  • An examination of the types of suffering.
  • An examination of the role of religion in conflicts today.
  • The moral justification for the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Religious Studies at Key Stage 4

All students will follow the content of the EDEXL short course in this subject over two years. In Year 11 students will be given the option as to whether they will take the GCSE examination in RE. Throughout the two years of study the subject skills and content will be assessed through past papers and a formal PPE in the Autumn term. Self-assessment and peer assessment will also be an integral part of most lessons.

Section 1. Belief in God

  • An understanding of the main features of a religious upbringing.
  • An understanding of agnosticism, atheism and moral evil.
  • The argument from design and how it may, or may not, lead to belief in God.
  • Why scientific explanations of the origins of the world may lead to a lack of belief in God.

. How Christianity responds to unanswered prayers

  • How Christianity responds to evil and suffering.
  • How the media may affect a person`s attitude to belief in God.

Section 2.  Matters of Life and Death

  • Christian and Islamic belief in life after death.
  • Non-religious reasons for believing in life after death.
  • Why some people do not believe in life after death.
  • The nature of abortion and why it is a controversial issue.
  • Christian and Islamic views on abortion.
  • The nature of euthanasia and why it is a controversial issue.
  • Christian and Islamic views on euthanasia.
  • Arguments for and against the media having total freedom to attack religious belief.

Section 3.  Marriage and the family

  • Changing attitudes to marriage and the family.
  • Christian attitudes to marriage and divorce.
  • Changing attitudes towards divorce and homosexuality.
  • Islamic attitudes towards divorce and homosexuality.
  • Islamic attitudes towards contraception.

Section 4.  Religion and community cohesion

  • . How and why attitudes to gender have changed in recent years.
  • . Christian and Islamic attitudes to equal rights for women.
  • . The nature of a multi-ethnic society.
  • . Government attempts to promote multi-cultural society.
  • . The benefits and issues associated with living in a multi-cultural society.
  • . Ways in which religions work to promote community cohesion.

For further infomation contact Head of Humanities Mr T Garland

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