Religious Education

 

Head of Religious Education Ms C. Batten BA (Hons) Theology
Teacher of Religious Education Mrs S. Brown – BA (2nd Class Honours) Division Two: English Language

Per Term Topic Information

Year 8

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1
What is RE?

RE and opinions

What are beliefs?

Do we all have beliefs?

Meditation and music

Who am I? What is the soul?  What is free will and predestination?

What age can I do what? 

Christianity (Baptism)

Believers Baptism

Islam (Tahnik, Aqiqah, and Khitan)

What is prejudice?

What is discrimination? 

Are people prejudiced in relation to religious clothing and artefacts?

Should Christians work for justice? 

Case Study – Oscar Romera

Forgiveness – could you forgive someone who had killed someone you love?

Assessment

Should everyone be allowed to wear what they want?

Core beliefs

Initiation ceremony

Who was Guru Nanak and why is he important in Sikhism?

Why is the Gurdwara important?

Are you born evil?

What do the world religions have to say about suffering in the world?

What is the difference between moral and natural evil?

What is the design argument? 

What is the first cause argument?

Is science in conflict with religion?

Assessment

Is there a point to suffering?

Year 9

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1
What is religion and how religious are you?

What is commitment? – We are all committed to something

Where do we look for God and can we experience Him? 

Where was God when …

Are books dead?

What is the New Testament?

‘There is no evidence of God’ assessment

Brit Milah

Bar Mitzvah

Why marry?

In sickness and in health

Divorce – should it be allowed?

General

Christian marriage

Islam and Jewish marriage

Hindu

Compare and contrast weddings assessment

Jewish and Muslim

Christian and Islam

What do Jewish people do on Shabbat and why?

What do Jewish people do on Pesach and why? 

If you could create a festival what would it include? 

Assessment

Design your own festival

What do the world religions say about wealth and poverty?

What does Judaism say?

What does Islam say?

What does Christianity say?

What do you think?

Year 10

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Judaism

The nature of God:

  • God as one
  • God as Creator
  • God as Law-Giver and Judge, loving and merciful
  • The divine presence (Shekhinah)
  • Beliefs about life after death, including judgement and resurrection
  • The nature and role of the Messiah, including different views on the role and importance of the Messiah
  • The promised land and the Covenant with Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3
  • The Covenant at Sinai and its importance including the role of Moses and the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1-17
Key moral principles including justice, healing the world, charity and kindness to others

 

The importance of the sanctity of human life, including the concept of ‘saving a life’ (Pikuach Nefesh)

 

The relationship between free will and the 613 mitzvot

Mitzvot between man and God and mitzvot between man and man, including the difference between them and their importance.

 

The synagogue and its importance

The design and religious features of synagogues including reading platform (bimah), ark (aron hakodesh), ever burning light (ner tamid) and associated practices; differences between Orthodox and Reform synagogues.

 

Public acts of worship including:

Synagogue services in both Orthodox and Reform synagogues

the significance of prayer, including the Amidah, the standing prayer

Shabbat in the home and synagogue and its significance

Worship in the home and private prayer

The written law (Tenakh) and the oral law (Talmud), and their study, use and significance in daily life

Dietary laws and their significance, including different Jewish views about their importance

Kosher and Trefah

Separation of milk and meat

 

Festivals and their importance for Jews in Great Britain today, including the origins and meaning of:

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Pesach

Islam

The six articles of faith in Sunni Islam and five roots of Usul ad-Din in Shi’a Islam, including key similarities and differences

The Oneness of God (Tawhid), Qur’an Surah 112

The nature of God: omnipotence, beneficence, mercy, fairness and justice (Adalat in Shi’a Islam), including different ideas about God’s relationship with the world: immanence and transcendence

Angels, their nature and role, including Jibril and Mika’il

 

Predestination and human freedom and its relationship to the Day of Judgement

Life after death (Akhirah), human responsibility and accountability, resurrection, heaven and hell

Authority

Prophethood (Risalah) including the role and importance of Adam, Ibrahim and Muhammad

The holy books:

  • Qur’an: revelation and authority
  • The Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel, the Scrolls of Abraham and their authority

The imamate in Shi’a Islam: its role and significance

Five Pillars of Sunni Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam

Students should study the Five Pillars and jihad in both Sunni and Shi’a Islam and the additional duties of Shi’a Islam

Shahadah

Declaration of faith and its place in Muslim practice

Salah and its significance

  • How and why Muslims pray including times, directions, ablution (wudu), movements (rak’ahs) and recitations
  • Salah in the home and mosque and elsewhere
  • Friday prayer (Jummah)
  • Key differences in the practice of salah in Sunni and Shi’a Islam, and different Muslim views about the importance of prayer

Duties and festivals

Sawm:

The role and significance of fasting during the month of Ramadan including origins, duties, benefits of fasting, the exceptions and their reasons, and the Night of Power, Qur’an 96:1-5.

 

Year 11

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1
Zakah

The role and significance of giving alms including origins, how and why it is given, benefits of receipt, Khums in Shi’a Islam.

Hajj

The role and significance of the pilgrimage to Makkah including origins, how hajj is performed, the actions pilgrims perform at sites including the Ka’aba at Makkah, Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah and their significance.

Jihad

Different understandings of jihad: the meaning and significance of greater and lesser jihad; origins, influence and conditions for the declaration of lesser jihad.

Festivals and commemorations and their importance for Muslims in Great Britain today

Including the origins and meanings of Id-ul-Adha, Id-ul-Fitr, Ashura

Theme A: Relationships and families

  • Contraception.
  • Sexual relationships before marriage
  • Homosexual relationships
  • Sex, marriage and divorce
  • Families and gender equality

Theme B: Religion and life

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Animal experimentation
  • The origins and value of the universe
  • The origins and value of human life
Theme C: The existence of God and revelation

  • Visions
  • Miracles
  • Nature as general revelation

Philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God

The nature of the divine and revelation

Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

  • Status of women in religion
  • The uses of wealth
  • Freedom of religious expression
  • Human rights
  • Wealth and poverty

 

Curriculum Information

Year 8

No. of lessons per fortnight Homework Additional learning opportunities e.g. clubs, speakers, visits, residential … Department support e.g. intervention classes, revision classes … Additional guidance for parents e.g.  exam board info, websites to support revision, books to read, useful places to visit …
2 Research

Completion of assessments

Guest speakers will depend on timetabling and availability

  • Humanist speaker
  • Disability awareness
  • Animal Rights
Catch up sessions for all students regardless of their ability www.bbc.co.uk › Learning › Secondary

https://www.truetube.co.uk/

http://request.org.uk

www.christianitytoday.com

Year 9

No. of lessons per fortnight Homework Additional learning opportunities e.g. clubs, speakers, visits, residential … Department support e.g. intervention classes, revision classes … Additional guidance for parents e.g.  exam board info, websites to support revision, books to read, useful places to visit …
2 Research

Completion of assessments

Guest speakers will depend on timetabling and availability

  • Humanist speaker
  • Disability awareness
  • Possible ‘Message Trust’
  • Animal Rights
Catch up sessions for all students regardless of their ability www.bbc.co.uk › Learning › Secondary

https://www.truetube.co.uk/

http://request.org.uk

www.christianitytoday.com

Year 10

No. of lessons per fortnight Homework Additional learning opportunities e.g. clubs, speakers, visits, residential … Department support e.g. intervention classes, revision classes … Additional guidance for parents e.g.  exam board info, websites to support revision, books to read, useful places to visit …
5 2-3 times dependent on the work being studied Guest speakers will depend on timetabling and availability

  • Manchester University – why study RE?
  • ‘My Hajj’ speaker
  • Catch up sessions for all students regardless of their ability
  • Targeted revision classes
  • General revision classes
AQA Spec 8062

Visit to a mosque

Visit to a synagogue

www.bbc.co.uk › Learning › Secondary

https://www.truetube.co.uk/

http://request.org.uk

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

www.christianitytoday.com

Year 11

No. of lessons per fortnight Homework Additional learning opportunities e.g. clubs, speakers, visits, residential … Department support e.g. intervention classes, revision classes … Additional guidance for parents e.g.  exam board info, websites to support revision, books to read, useful places to visit …
5 2-3 times dependent on the work being studied Guest speakers will depend on timetabling and availability

  • Visit to a synagogue
  • Jewish woman perspective – Bernette Clarke
  • Interfaith – Jewish and Muslim Forum
  • Catch up sessions for all students regardless of their ability
  • Targeted revision classes
  • General revision classes
www.bbc.co.uk › Learning › Secondary

https://www.truetube.co.uk/

www.christianitytoday.com