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Religion and Philosophy

Year 7

Studying Religion & Philosophy at the beginning of Year 7 ensures that students gain a broad and deep understanding of the subject by the time they pursue the compulsory GCSE Religious Studies examination course in Years 10 and 11.

Students will be taught the core beliefs within the 6 major world faiths, with a specific emphasis on the fundamental beliefs within Christianity and Islam.

Students will be taught how to analyse arguments for the existence of God, using the Ontological, Design, Experiential and Cosmological arguments. They will be able to develop an understanding of Humanist beliefs, and begin to explore theological concepts such as The Trinity and Tawhid.

Students will debate the relevance of studying Religious Studies and begin to explore the different dimensions of religion.

Autumn Term

Autumn 2: Core Religious Beliefs in Christianity and Islam. ( The Trinity and The Five pillars of Faith)

Spring Term

Spring 2: Religious Teachers

Summer Term

Summer 2: Guided Research Project

Year 8

Year 8 Religion & Philosophy provides students with sound knowledge of core beliefs about 'theological truths' from different religions that are expressed within the creation stories of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.

Students will continue to develop their critical thinking skills, as well as reflecting upon their own rites of passages and pilgrimages, whether secular or religious.

Autumn Term

Autumn 2: Core Religious Beliefs in Christianity and Islam. ( The Trinity and The Five pillars of Faith)

 

Spring Term

Spring 2: Religious Teachers

 

Summer Term

Summer 2: Guided Research Project

 

Year 9

At students move towards GSCE, Religion & Philosophy is delivered thematically, allowing students to apply their previous knowledge and concepts to core philosophical questions and contemporary issues within our society. Lessons will focus on higher level skills such as analysis, and synthesis, where students will be expected to conduct their own research and produce a mini dissertation at the end of the course.  In the final half of the Summer Term, students will start to engage with skills that will be part of their GCSE curriculum in Years 10 and 11. Students will be given evaluative questions and be expected to respond according to the assessment criteria. This will make sure that students are confident with the AQA GCSE examination process before beginning the course formally.

Autumn Term

Morality (Ethics)

Rights and Responsibilities (Philosophy/Theology)

Spring Term

Religious Experiences (Philosophy)

Concept of the soul. (Philosophy/Theology)

Summer Term

Philosophical Dissertation Project

Skills for GCSE

 

Year 10

Studying the AQA GCSE content in Year 10, students will build upon prior knowledge.

Students will be expected to complete Component 1: The Study of Religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices within Islam and Christianity.

Students will be taught religious texts from both religions and be expected to apply them to their written responses.

Students will study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.

Autumn Term

Beliefs and Teachings in Christianity: The Nature of God and Jesus' Resurrection

Beliefs and Teachings in Islam: Key Beliefs and Authority

Spring Term

Practices in Christianity (Worship)

Practices in Christianity (Festivals)

Summer Term

Practices in Islam (Worship)

Practices in Islam (Duties and Festivals)

Year 11

For the second year of the AQA GCSE course, students will apply their Component 1 learning from Year 10 Component 2: Thematic Studies.

Students will be taught religious teachings, philosophical perspectives and ethical arguments, relating to four carefully selected themes.

Students will evaluate the impact and influence of the four main themes in the modern world. They will be taught contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of the issues with reference to Christianity and Islam.

Autumn Term

Theme A: Relationships and Families

Theme C: The Existence of God and Revelation

Spring Term

Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict

Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment

Summer Term

Revision

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