KS3 Religious Studies

Year 7

Students will first study Ultimate Questions this gives an opportunity to express and discuss profound questions. Following this students are taught the basic beliefs and practices of the some of the main faiths of the UK. In Judaism there is an opportunity to look at key aspects of Jewish life such as Bar Mitzvah, Kosher food and Shabbat. In Christianity they study the role of the Bible, Jesus and baptism. In the Islam topic they investigate the impact of the Qur’an, Ramadan, halal food and the Hajj.  For Sikhism they investigate Guru Nanak, the Khalsa and the 5Ks. During Buddhism they discover the Buddha and his teachings. Religion and Community Cohesion brings all topics together and explores a multi faith Britain.

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Term 2

Term 3

Ultimate Questions and Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Christianity

Introduction to Islam

Introduction to Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism

Year 8

 In God and Creation students will have the opportunity to debate the existence of God and the creation of the world. They will look at beliefs about God and the start of the world from religious and scientific viewpoints. Through Good, Evil and Forgiveness topic students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the concepts of morality, free will and forgiveness and relate these concepts to different world religions. In the Life after Death topics students will consider different religious viewpoints on life after death whilst studies death rituals from some of the main faiths of the UK. Within the final term, and the topic How is spirituality expressed? students will explore the concepts of prayer, worship and pilgrimage alongside what it means to express spirituality. They will then be exploring a selection of the lesser known religions such as the Baha’i faith, Jainism, the Rastafari movement and the Jedi faith!

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Term 2

Term 3

The Concept of God Creation

Good and Evil

Forgiveness

Life and Death

How is Spirituality expressed?

Alternative Religions

Year 9

Religion and the media is the first topic in Year 9 and the pupils will be analysing the relationship between religion and the media. This includes controversial issues like women priests and how some publications (like Charlie Hebdo) have angered religious believers. In Persecution students will investigate examples of religious persecution, in particular, a focus on the Holocaust thus being able to create a reflective journal. Peace and Violence allows students to explore the concept of peace and investigate religious viewpoints on this issue. Gandhi and non-violent protest is a key focus here. Fighting for Justice looks at the concept of justice and study examples of religious figures that have fought for justice globally. During the Equality unit, students will explore the concepts of equality and prejudice. The case study for this topic is Martin Luther King were students are able to consider the impacts of his actions. Finally, Wealth and Poverty, in which students will discuss the moral and religious issues connected to wealth and poverty.

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Term 2

Term 3

Religion and the Media

Persecution

Peace and Violence

Fighting for Justice

Equality  

Wealth and Poverty

Homework: A variety of activities are set in RS. Such as, reflections, research, essays, extended answers, GCSE style questions, project work and revision.

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5 ways I can help my son/daughter

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Talk to your child about what they have been studying in school. Share your thoughts on concepts that your child has discussed at school.

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Debate topical issues, demonstrating a balanced argument.

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Watch the news and read news articles with your child asking them questions that check they have understood the report and ask them to give their opinions.

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Encourage them to read around the subject.

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Talk to them about their progress and attainment.