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Religious Education (Optional)

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

First year of a 3 year delivery model – 5 hours per fortnight. 

The pupils will complete 2 units:

  • Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics / Christianity
  • Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict / Islam

At the end of the course they will sit a 1 hour 45 minute paper on each unit. There is an equal weighting of 50% of the total marks for each paper. Each area of study is divided up into four sections, there is a question on each section on the paper and pupils must complete all four questions.

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Christian Beliefs

 Students will explore the key beliefs and doctrine of Christianity. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Christianity. The aspects of faith covered are:

  • The Trinity
  • Creation
  • Incarnation (beliefs about Jesus and his life on Earth)
  • The last days of Jesus’ life
  • Salvation
  • Christian eschatology (beliefs about life after death)
  • The problem of suffering and evil
  • Solutions to the problem of suffering and evil

 Spring Term

 Muslim Beliefs

  Students will explore the key beliefs and doctrine of Islam. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Islam. The aspects of faith covered are:

  • The 6 beliefs of Islam
  • The 5 roots of ‘Usul ad – Din in Shi’a Islam
  • The nature of Allah
  • RiSalah (the importance of prophethood)
  • The Muslim Holy Books
  • Malaikah (Angels)
  • Al-Qadr (Predestination)
  • Akhirah (beliefs about life after death)

 Summer Term

 Christianity - Marriage and the Family

 Students will explore the key beliefs of Christianity in relation to issues relating to Marriage and the Family. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Christianity. The aspects covered are:

  • Importance and purpose of marriage
  • Importance and nature of sexual relationships
  • Purpose and importance of family
  • Support for the family • Family planning
  • Attitudes to divorce and remarriage
  • Equality of men and women in the family
  • Teaching on gender prejudice and discrimination

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

Second year of a 3 year delivery model - 5 hours per fortnight.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Islam - Crime and Punishment

 Students will explore the key beliefs of Islam in relation to issues relating to Crime and Punishment. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Islam. The aspects covered are:

  • Attitudes towards Justice
  • Attitudes towards Crime
  • Teachings about good, evil and suffering
  • Attitudes towards punishment
  • Aims of punishment
  • Teachings about forgiveness
  • Teachings about the treatment of criminals
  • Attitudes towards the death penalty

 Spring Term

 Living the Christian Life

  Students will explore how the key beliefs of Christianity affect how they live their lives. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Christianity. The aspects covered are:

  • Christian worship
  • The role of the sacraments
  • Nature and purpose of prayer
  • Pilgrimage
  • Religious celebrations
  • The future of the Christian Church
  • The role and importance of the local church
  • The importance of the Church in the worldwide community

 Summer Term

 Living the Muslim Life

 Students will explore how the key beliefs of Islam affect how they live their lives. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Islam. The aspects covered are:

  • 10 obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam
  • Shahadah (belief in One God)
  • Salah (Prayer)
  • Sawm (Fasting)
  • Zakah (Giving to charity)
  • Hajj (pilgrimage)
  • Jihad its origins and meanings.
  • Religious celebrations.

 

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

Third year of a 3 year delivery model - 5 hours per fortnight.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Christianity - Matters of Life and Death

 Students will explore the key beliefs of Christianity in relation to issues relating to matters of life and death. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Christianity. The aspects covered are:

  • The origins and value of the universe
  • Sanctity of life
  • Responses to scientific views of the value of life
  • Sanctity of life and abortion
  • Beliefs about life after death
  • Non-religious views about life after death
  • Sanctity of life and euthanasia
  • The natural world

 Spring Term

 Islam - Peace and Conflict

  Students will explore the key beliefs of Islam in relation to issues relating to Peace and Conflict. They will study each topic considering divergent views within Islam. The aspects covered are:

  • Attitudes towards peace
  • Role in peace-making
  • Attitudes to conflict
  • Pacifism
  • Just War Theory
  • Holy war
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
  • Issues surrounding conflict

 Summer Term

 Revision and Preparation for the Exam

 This term will be used to revisit topics and ensure that students are fully prepared for the examination.

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

One year delivery model - 9 hours per fortnight.

 The pupils will complete 2 units:

  • Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics / Christianity
  • Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict / Islam

 At the end of the course they will sit a 1 hour 45 minute paper on each unit. There is an equal weighting of 50% of the total marks for each paper. Each area of study is divided up into four sections, there is a question on each section on the paper and pupils must complete all four questions.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Christian Beliefs

 The aspects covered are:

 The Trinity | Creation | Incarnation (Beliefs about Jesus and his life on Earth) | The last days of Jesus’ life | Salvation | Christian eschatology (beliefs about life after death) | The problem of suffering and evil | Solutions to the problem of suffering and evil.

 Muslim Beliefs

 The aspects covered are:

 The 6 beliefs of Islam | The 5 roots of ‘Usul ad – Din in Shi’a Islam | The nature of Allah | RiSalah (the importance of prophethood) | The Muslim Holy Books | Malaikah (Angels) | Al-Qadr (Predestination) | Akhirah (beliefs about life after death).

 Christianity - Marriage and the Family

 The aspects covered are:

 Importance and purpose of marriage | Importance and nature of sexual relationships | Purpose and importance of family | Support for the family | Family planning | Attitudes to divorce and remarriage | Equality of men and women in the family | Teaching on gender prejudice and discrimination.

 Spring Term

 Islam - Crime and Punishment

  Topics that are covered are: 

 Attitudes towards Justice | Attitudes towards Crime | Teachings about good, evil and suffering | Attitudes towards punishment | Aims of punishment | Teachings about forgiveness | Teachings about the treatment of criminals | Attitudes towards the death penalty.

 Living the Christian Life 

 Topics that are covered are:

 Christian worship | The role of the sacraments | Nature and purpose of prayer | Pilgrimage | Religious celebrations | The future of the Christian Church | The role and importance of the local church | The importance of the Church in the worldwide community.

 Living the Muslim Life

 Topics that are covered are:

 10 obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam | Shahadah (belief in One God) | Salah (Prayer) | Sawm (Fasting) | Zakah (Giving to charity) | Hajj (pilgrimage) | Jihad its origins and meanings | Religious celebrations.

 Summer Term

 Christianity – Matters of Life and Death

 Areas of study are:

 The origins and value of the universe | Sanctity of life | Responses to scientific views of the value of life | Sanctity of life and abortion | Beliefs about life after death | Non-religious views about life after death | Sanctity of life and euthanasia | The natural world.

 Islam – Peace and Conflict

 Areas of study are:

 Attitudes towards peace | Role in peace-making | Attitudes to conflict | Pacifism | Just War Theory | Holy war | Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) | Issues surrounding conflict.

Revision and Preparation for the Exam

 This term will be used to revisit topics and ensure that students are fully prepared for the examination.