KS3 Religious Education

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Course Name
: Religious Education

Curriculum Content

In Year 7 students study the following topics:

Asking some big questions

Who am I? Where do I belong? What is faith? What is religion? Who or what is God? What is life? Did the universe have a beginning? Will the universe have an end?

Exploring symbols in religion

How are symbols used in religion? How did the religions start? What makes a good teacher? How do the religions use symbols in art? What will you find in a place of worship? What will you find in the homes of some religious people? How did the religions develop?

Looking for God

Fantasy Journey Exploring God via symbols The Trinity Shahadah The Mool Mantra

Religious rebels

The life and work of at least two of the following:

Martin Luther King

Malcolm X

Mahatma Gandhi

Maria Gomez

Mother Teresa

Ethics and values

How do we know right from wrong?

What makes something good?

What is the golden rule?

What is a moral dilemma?

How can you solve a moral dilemma?

What is love?

What is justice?

Why is forgiveness important?

In year 8, students study the following topics

Bloody RE

Blood, glorious blood?

To sacrifice or not to sacrifice?

Volunteers please…death is waiting!

Let my people go!

Exploring worship and rituals

Why do religions have special books?

What is worship?

How do people celebrate?

Why do people fast?

How is life like a journey?

How do people celebrate the birth of a baby?

Is marriage important?

How do people respond to death?

Exploring worship and rituals in one religion

Example:

Who was the Buddha?

What is the Tipitaka?

How do Buddhists worship?

What is the Sangha?

What is a vihara?

What festivals do Buddhists celebrate?

Is this it?

Events of Holy week

The case of the missing body

Jesus: Son of God or Trouble maker?

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Money: good or bad?

The concept of zakah

Sikhism and wealth

Christian Aid

Human Rights

Do humans have rights?

Why are people punished?

What is capital punishment?

How can people defend their rights?

In year 9, students study the following topics

Are we responsible for Planet Earth?

Do animals have rights?

Are we responsible for planet Earth?

Are rich people responsible for the poor?

What does religion teach about the global issues?

The value of life

Whose life is it?

Can war ever be justified?

What is pacifism?

Is it ever right to kill?

Can terrorists be religious?

How is religion portrayed in the media?

The value of life via a study of ONE religion

Example:

How do Christians make moral decisions?

What does Christianity teach about …human rights? …human relationships? …life and death

issues? …other faiths?

Believing in God Topics 1-6

Religious upbringing

Religious experience

The argument for God from design

The argument for God from causation

Scientific explanations of the world

Religion & scientific explanations of the world

Believing in God Topics 7-11

Unanswered prayers

Religion & unanswered prayer

The problem of evil and suffering

A religious response to evil and suffering

How the media can affect a person’s attitude to belief in God

How Classes are Grouped

In year 7, at the start of the year, students are divided into three mixed ability groups. They attend three one hour lessons per fortnight. Once we have assessed the students, they will be grouped according to their ability.

In year 8, students are divided into three groups based upon their ability. They attend three one hour lessons per fortnight.

In year 9, students are divided into two bands: x and y. There are two groups within each band based upon the ability of the students. All students attend four one hour lessons per fortnight.

Assessment (including homework)

Every half term students are assessed on their understanding of the topics studied. The results are analysed to identify students who require intervention and those who are exceeding expectations.

Students are encouraged to do at least 30 minutes homework per week either applying or reinforcing the skills learned in the classroom. This may contribute to a half termly project.

Every half term students are assessed on their understanding of the topics studied. The results are analysed to identify students who require intervention and those who are exceeding expectations.

Students are encouraged to do at least 30 minutes homework per week applying or reinforcing the skills learned in the classroom. This may contribute to a half termly project.

Every half term students are assessed on their understanding of the topics studied. The results are analysed to identify students who require intervention and those who are exceeding expectations.

Students are encouraged to do at least 45 minutes homework per week applying or reinforcing the skills learned in the classroom. This may contribute to a half termly project.

How to Support Your Son

Whether you have a religion or not, please discuss religious and moral questions, especially when they are highlighted in the media.

Please take part in surveys and help your son research key information.

Check that your son has completed his homework to a high standard.

Whether you have a religion or not, please discuss religious and moral questions, especially when they are highlighted in the media.

Please take part in surveys and help your son research key information.

Check that your son has completed his homework to a high standard.

Whether you have a religion or not, please discuss religious and moral questions, especially when they are highlighted in the media.

Please take part in surveys and help your son research key information.

Check that your son has completed his homework to a high standard.

Purchase a GCSE revision guide in preparation for Key Stage 4.

 

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