Religion, Philosopy & Ethics

Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students

 

Welcome to the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics department

Aim:

To develop a critical understanding of World Religions and non-religious views.

 

Overview:

Introduce the main beliefs, practices and divisions of World Religions (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – a particular specialism on Buddhism at Key Stage 4) – and non-religious views, for example, humanism as well as explore contemporary ethical and global issues.

 

What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7, 8 & 9):

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Topics:

 

Introduction to Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.

 

Christianity: Is Jesus who he said he was?

 

 

Topics:

 

Islam: How does the Qur’an reveal the will of Allah?

 

 

Assessment:

Islamic beliefs and practices.

Topics:

 

Christianity: What does it mean to be a Christian?

 

Christianity: Why are martyrs examples for Christians to follow?

 

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Sikhism: How is equality expressed within the Dharam?

 

 

Assessment: The design and decoration of a Gurdwara.

Topics:

 

Judaism: Who is a Jew?  Expressions of difference and diversity within the Jewish Community in the UK today.

 

 

 

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Revision

 

Profound photography

 

 

Assessment: End of year paper

Year 8 Topics:

 

Comparative: Is religion a good thing?

 

Assessment:

Newsround: Religious news today

 

Topics:

 

Christianity: How is the Bible relevant to Christians today?

 

Christianity: Is humanity fallen?

 

 

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Hinduism: Do our actions influence our future?

 

Assessment:

Design an educational board game.

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Philosophy: How can we know anything?

 

 

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Non-religious: How do Humanists answer the ‘big questions’?

 

 

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Revision

 

Spirited Arts

 

Assessment:

End of year paper

Year 9 Topics:

 

GCSE: Religion, Peace and conflict

 

 

Assessment:

Exam style questions

 

Topics:

 

GCSE: Christian action in the world

 

 

Assessment: Exam style questions

 

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GCSE: Religion and family

 

 

 

Assessment: Exam style questions

 

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GCSE:

Founders and festivals

 

 

 

Assessment: Exam style questions

 

Topics:

 

GCSE:

World Religions

 

 

 

Assessment: Exam style questions

 

Topics:

 

GCSE:

Religion and relationships

 

 

 

Assessment: Exam style questions

 

 

Can I study this at KS4?    

RPE is a core subject and is studied at KS4.

 

Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?

The department regularly invite speakers.  In addition, there is the opportunity to go on a Humanities trip to Amsterdam in Year 8, exploring the history and geography from the experiences of the Dutch Jewish communities.

 

What could I do/read at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?

Reading a good quality newspaper covers many of the religious issues and public debates arising in the classroom.

Visiting museums and sacred places when on holiday in the UK and abroad, showing a curiosity about people’s beliefs and practices.

 

Useful websites: