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Key Stage 3 Programme of Study:

The programme of study follows the Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. It aims to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and key skills in preparation for GCSE Religious Studies.

Year 7 Autumn Term Year 7 Spring Term Year 7 Summer Term
 

Introduction to RS and Worship:

–          Different ways of seeing.

–          Ultimate questions

–          Fact, opinion, belief and faith

–          What is worship?

–          What are different ways of worshipping?

–          Worship in Christianity

–          Worship in Islam.

 

Miracles:

–          What is a miracle?

–          Do miracles happen today?

–          Biblical miracles: Old Testament and New Testament.

–          Miracles Assessment.

 

 

Big Questions in Christianity:

–          Who was Jesus?

–          What are the key events in Jesus’ life?

–          What are the key events of Holy Week?

–          What are meant by the terms resurrection and ascension?

–          What is the Turin Shroud?

–          Assessment

 

Common and divergent beliefs:

–          What is a denomination?

–          Common and divergent beliefs within Christianity.

–          Common and divergent beliefs within Islam.

Parables:

Students study the nature and purpose of parables specifically the parables of Jesus and the role of parables in Christianity and other world religion. Assessment.

 

Pilgrimages: Unit of work exploring the role of pilgrimages within the major world religions including; Lourdes, Hajj, and Kumbh Mela.

 

Year 8 Autumn Term Year 8 Spring Term Year 8 Summer Term
 

Big Questions in Buddhism:

–          Is Buddhism a religion?

–          Buddhism and suffering: The 4 Noble Truths, The 3 Marks of Existence, The Eightfold Path.

–          Meditation

–          Mandalas

–          Reincarnation

 

Ethical Questions:

Unit of work exploring the nature of Ethical Questions including absolute / relative and practical / applied ethics.

 

An Introduction to Islam:

–          The Nature of Allah

–          Shirk

–          Prophethood

–          Prophet Muhammed

–          The 5 Pillars

–          Angels

 

Faith in Action:

Unit of work exploring the beliefs, lives and work of religious individuals such as:

–          Martin Luther King

–          Maximillian Kolbe

–          Oscar Romero

–          Gandhi

–          Mother Teresa

 

Year 9 Autumn Term Year 9 Spring Term Year 9 Summer Term
 

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings

–          The Nature of Allah

–          Sunni / Shi’a Islam

–          The 6 Articles of Faith

–          The 5 Roots of Shi’a Islam

–          Prophethood and Angels.

–          Sources of Wisdom

–          Beliefs about the End of Life

 

 

Religion, Peace and Justice

–          The aims of punishment

–          The treatment of criminals

–          Capital Punishment

–          War

–          Violence

–          Pacifism

 

Good and Evil

–          Concepts of Good and Evil.

–          The origins of evil

–          The concept of The Devil

–          The Fall

–          The Problem of Evil

–          Theodicies.

–          Discovering the right way to behave.