Religious Studies

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Courses

  • Foundations of six religions. Key facts on Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity & Islam
  • When and where did the religion begin? Name the God. Name the Holy Book. Name and find out about two festivals. Draw and name the symbol(s) Is there any distinct style of dress? Name the local religious leader/teacher. Who is credited with starting the religion?
  • Jesus: Man or God? Teacher! Revolutionary? Miracle man or myth?A life examined.
  • Project on Islam or Sikhism: What can we learn about and from either world faith?

Teachers

Mr K Martin

Year 8 Courses

  • People who have made a difference. People who have been motivated by their faith and religion. People who have a vocation:
    • Martin Luther King
    • Mother Theresa
    • Helen Keller
    • Elizabeth Fry
  • All about Mohandas K Gandhi: Who was he? Why was he seen as The Mahatma (The great soul) and Bapu (Father of a nation)? Why and how was he a champion of nonviolence? How was he driven by his faith as a Hindu?
  • Hinduism - a study from its birth over four thousand years ago to having almost a Billion followers. What can we learn about and from this world faith?
  • Christianity - an overview: What is this Religion that has shaped countries, culture, history and individuals having survived 2000 years?

Year 9 Courses

Foundations of Buddhism and Christianity

Create a working base in preparation for a further detailed in-depth study of both World Belief Systems studies in Years 10 & 11 at GCSE. This will cover beliefs, teachings and practices:

  • The nature of God & the Trinity
  • The Apostle’s Creed
  • Why is there evil and suffering?
  • Siddhartha Gautama’s life and story
  • Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism
  • Zen Buddhism and Koans
  • Who, what and why am I? (The five Skandhas)

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

We follow the WJEC EDUQAS Religious Studies Route A course:


Issues of Relationships

Love, marriage, family, divorce, commitment, sex, contraception, adultery, gender equality and responsibilities


Issues of Life and Death

Life: Chance or God’s plan? Creation stories, stewardship, dominion, What makes us Human? Sanctity of life. Abortion, Euthanasia. The soul and afterlife? Religious teachings about good, evil and suffering.Free will.


Issues of good and Evil

Crime and punishment.Prison reformers.The death penalty.


Issues of Human Rights

Social justice. Amnesty international and individual campaigners. Liberation. Theology. Censorship. Freedom of religious expression. Religious Extremism. Prejudice and discrimination. Racism; Martin Luther King. wealth and poverty. Christian Aid


Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings


Christianity: Practices


Buddhism: Beliefs and Teachings


Buddhism: Practices