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The Religious Education department aims to enable pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world’s major religions, reflect on some key philosophical questions and study issues relating to contemporary moral issues with a personal, social and global dimension.

Religious Education Term 1

Year 7

How can we find out about Christianity through art and architecture?

The first short unit will build onto prior knowledge of the Christian belief and the art used to express belief and practices. The unit enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the role of art and architecture within the Christian

How can RE help me to understand my community?

The second unit provides students with opportunities to reflect on and engage with how RE has equipped them with the knowledge and skills to interpret the world around them. They will consider how RE will continue to equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to navigate relationships and encounters in the future and reflect on local, national and global links.

Where in the world is Christianity?

The aim of this unit is to understand and explore the nature of Christian belief and Christianity around the world today. Students will already have some knowledge about Jesus and the Christian Church. This unit gains an insight into the diversity of Christian denominations and their beliefs, expressions of faith in Britain and around the world.

Scheme of Work

Year 7 Spring

Year 8

Can conflict be justified?

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to engage with moral issues around conflict, truth and reconciliation. Students will investigate the root of conflict, two religious attitudes towards conflict and Christian teachings on forgiveness and reconciliation whilst analysing the impact of the Christian sacraments.

Is it fair?

This unit builds on knowledge and understanding of sources of authority within Christianity and encourages students to consider their impact on Christians today and how the teachings of Jesus challenges Churches and communities to respond to those rejected by society, disadvantaged or are in need. There is an opportunity to reflect on how prejudice and discrimination impacts on society and faith communities locally, nationally and internationally. Students will understand how people use sacred texts, why individuals or groups differ in how they might use the texts and whether or not the texts are helpful.

Scheme of Work

Year 8 Spring

Year 9

Crime and Punishment

This theme is about law and order. It is about what we mean by crime, why people commit crimes including the idea of evil people and actions and the way that society deals with offenders. It looks at the impact of crimes, they suffering that they cause and how we should help the victims of crime. It is also about why we punish offenders and the debate about the death penalty. Key religious teachings within this unit are beliefs about human nature, repentance and forgiveness. Students must be able to show their understanding of religious attitudes to crime and punishment.

Relationships and Families

This theme is about personal and sexual relationships including heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It explores how people show their commitment to marriage and other forms of cohabitation and what the family in the 21st century looks like. This theme also explores divorce and remarriage. It also considers gender equality in the context of the home and also in society.

Scheme of Work

Year 9 Spring

Year 10

Students will also study the following themes as part of their GCSE Religious Studies course:

Scheme of Work

Year 10 Spring

Year 11

Religion and life

Religion and Life: This is the first theme that students will study for their second examination. Students will think about science and religion; similarities and differences on ideas about the origins of our universe and life. Secondly students will consider the value of the world including environmental issues and animal rights. Finally; students will consider the value of human life including the issues surrounding euthanasia and abortion.

Crime and Punishment

This theme is about law and order. It is about what we mean by crime, why people commit crimes including the idea of evil people and actions and the way that society deals with offenders. It looks at the impact of crimes, they suffering that they cause and how we should help the victims of crime. It is also about why we punish offenders and the debate about the death penalty. Key religious teachings within this unit are beliefs about human nature, repentance and forgiveness. Students must be able to show their understanding of religious attitudes to crime and punishment.

Scheme of Work

Year 11 Spring