Religious Studies

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Mission Statement

Religious Studies makes a significant contribution to the whole academy’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Our aim is to encourage all students to understand their own beliefs and respect the beliefs of others. We study religious teachings in ‘real life’ situations such as war and peace, prejudice and discrimination and crime and punishment so whether you are religious or not this course is relevant to you. The department prides itself on engaging lessons where students are always given time to reflect on the issues raised. All students in the academy have one lesson of Religious Studies each week until the end of Year 11 where they will all gain a GCSE qualification.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7 My Learning Toolkit

  • Independent learning
  • Research
  • Who am I?
  • What makes things special or sacred
Places of Worship

  • Mosques
  • Churches
  • Temples
  • Mandirs
  • Worship at home
  • Trip

 

Founders of faith

  • What makes a good leader?
  • Abraham
  • Jesus
  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  • the Buddha
  • Guru Nanak
Festivals

  • Christmas
  • Diwali
  • Easter
  • Holi
  • Id-ul-Adha

 

Pilgrimage

  • Rome
  • Hajj
  • Jerusalem
  • River Ganges
  • Bodygaya
  • Amritsar
Holy Books

  • Bible
  • Qur’an
  • Pali Canon
  • Vedas
  • Guru Granth Sahib
Year 8 What makes something special or sacred?

  • Special clothes
  • Favourite foods
  • Special places
  • Special events

Special treasures

Founders of faith

  • What makes a good leader?
  • Abraham
  • Jesus
  • Prophet Muhammad
  • The Buddha
  • Guru Nanak
  • Māori tradition
Suffering

  • Facts, opinions and beliefs?
  • What is God like?
  • What is the problem of evil and suffering?
  • Religious responses to the problem of evil
Morality

  • How do you make decisions?
  • What is the difference between relative and absolute morality?
  • Sources of morality
  • Holy books
Life after death

  • Heaven and hell like
  • Hindu and Sikh funeral rites
  • Reincarnation
  • Humanist funerals
Charity

  • Why do people give to charity?
  • The Good Samaritan?
  • Zakah
  • Organising a charity event

 

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 9 Religious laws

  • Passport to learning
  • 10 Commandments
  • Two Great Commandments
  • Shariah law
  • Eightfold Path?
  • The ‘Golden Rule’
Worship

  • What is worship?
  • Different Churches
  • Key features of the Mosque
  • Salah
  • What matters more, action or intention?
How was the universe created?

  • How does science explain how the universe was created?
  • Cosmological Argument
  • Design Argument
  • Genesis
  • Garden in Paradise
Religion and the Environment

  • Stewardship
  • How are humans damaging the planet?
  • What is being done to prevent it?
  • A world for our children
Religion and Animal Rights

  • What are animal rights?
  • Religious teachings on animals
  • How are animals being mistreated?

Key Stage 4

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 War and Peace

  • Reasons for war
  • Victims of war
  • Peacekeeping forces
  • Pacifism
  • Holy war
  • WMD
Prejudice and Discrimination

  • Prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes
  • Martin Luther King Jnr.
  • Sexism in religion
Early Life

  • When does life begin?
  • What is abortion?
  • Abortion and the law
  • The lesser of two evils
Religion and the Earth revision

  • Stewardship
  • Keeping Earth clean
  • Animal rights
  • Religious teachings
Revision

  • Exam technique
  • Religion and Planet Earth
  • Religion, War and Peace
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Early Life
Medical Ethics

  • Euthanasia
  • Genetic engineering
  • Fertility treatment
  • Transplants and Transfusions
Autumn 2 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1
Year 11 Attitudes to the Elderly

  • How are old people treated?
  • Hospices
  • Euthanasia
  • Appropriate punishment
  • Types of prison
Crime and Punishment

  • Law and order
  • Type of crime
  • Reasons for crime
  • Appropriate punishment
  • Types of prison
Attitudes to Drugs

  • Body and mind
  • Prescribed, legal and illegal
  • Drugs and the law
  • Taxes on legal drugs
Medical Ethics

  • Euthanasia
  • Genetic engineering
  • Fertility treatment
  • Transplants and Transfusions
Revision

  • Exam technique
  • Medical Ethics
  • Rich and Poor
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Attitudes to drugs

Learning Resources

We have two well-resourced classrooms in the Religious Studies department with a variety of Holy Books and artefacts to aid students’ understanding of our topics. We are also keen that displays on walls are bright and exciting and really showcase the talent that we have at the school. We make the most of e-learning facilities on offer at West Walsall and all year groups complete a computer based project at some point through the year.

Meet the Staff

Mr M. Harrar
Miss K. Warby

Enrichment Activities

GCSE students are invited to attend twilight religious studies classes
We attempt to ensure that our students have an active and engaging experience in their lessons.
Please see the article on our Diwali experience and there are more pictures below.

Last updated: January 2014