Hathershaw College

GCSE Religious Studies

Religious Studies

 

 

Curriculum Intent

The Humanities Faculty comprises three core subjects, History, Geography and Religious Studies. Vocational Travel and Tourism is also offered at KS4. Collectively these subjects aim to create global citizens who have a secure understanding of the world around them and the relationship between our past, present and future.

Across all Humanities subjects, the curriculum aims to inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world, its people and its past. Pupils are encouraged to study the complexity of the Earth through the study of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and places, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. As pupils progress, they should develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between the Earth’s key physical and human processes and explain how this has been shaped and changed over time. The curriculum is rich with SMSC opportunities which allows students to develop a greater level of tolerance, alongside understanding and empathy towards people, cultures and the environment.

The aims of the curriculum are to allow students to:

  • Think, write, communicate and read as well as experts in their field.
  • Study a range of religious topics which broaden and deepen their understanding of the world around them and the influences on human’s behaviours.
  • Investigate the impact of religious beliefs and teachings on individuals, communities and societies, whilst being able to apply a wide range of religious and philosophical vocabulary and sources of evidence consistently and accurately.
  • To reflect on their position as Citizens of the UK and the wider world in order to develop a sense of identity and belonging which underpins the core British values.
  • Understand the key concepts of each discipline and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame valid questions
  • Grow cultural capital through a range of opportunities and experiences both within and outside of the classroom.
  • Be prepared for adult life, employment and lifelong learning through the development of transferable skills, self-regulation and independent study.
 

Curriculum Overview

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Y10

Muslim beliefs
During this unit students carry out an in depth study of the key Muslim beliefs such as Tawhid, Risalah and the Akhirah. Students also examine the nature of key beliefs and discuss and analyse the importance.
 

Peace and Conflict
Students carry out an in-depth of Muslim attitudes towards peace and Conflict Examining the nature and history of pacifism with a opportunity to discuss and analyse divergent Muslim teachings about war.

Christian Beliefs

During this unit students study the key Christian beliefs such as the Trinity, Atonement and the Incarnation of Jesus. Students go on to explain the importance of beliefs and evaluate the significances.

Matters of Life and Death

In this unit students carry out an in-depth study of Christian teachings about the origins and value of the universe, examining Christian responses to the scientific and non-religious explanations during this unit students study the sanctity of life and issues such as abortion.

Living the Muslim Life

In this unit students examine the key Muslims practices investigate the Five Pillars and 10 Obligatorily acts  and evaluate the origins, meaning and significance of jihad

Using sources of Authority and wisdom throughout.

Y11

Living the Muslim Life continued

In this unit students examine the key Muslims practices investigate the Five Pillars and 10 Obligatorily acts and evaluate the origins, meaning and significance of jihad

Using sources of Authority and wisdom throughout.

 

Crime and Punishment 

In this unit Students examine Muslim teachings about good, evil and suffering, students debated why punishment can be regarded as justice also exploring divergent Muslim teachings about the advantages and disadvantages of capital punishment using Sources if Authority and wisdom.

Living the Christian Life
In this unit Students examine the key Christians practices considering the nature and ways of Christian worship, they investigate the Sacraments and evaluate the nature, history and purpose of pilgrimage using sources of Authority and wisdom.

 

Marriage and Family

During this unit students carry out an in depth study of the importance and purpose of marriage for Christians considering Christian teachings and attitudes towards divorce and remarriage. Students have the opportunity to discuss and analyse divergent Christian attitudes about the equality and role of men and women using sources of Authority and wisdom throughout.

 

Revision and Examination

 Students use retrieval practice and low stake quizzes to recall key knowledge and understanding, students revise topics and practise extended writing techniques in preparation for examinations.

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Curriculum Overview

 

What your child will learn in:

Year 10  Year 11