Humans have engaged in religious activities since the beginning of time. Such activities include prayer, worship and rituals and the belief in a great, powerful and supreme being.
As well as looking at these ideas, religion attempts to answer questions such as, “What is the true meaning of life?”, “Why is there suffering in the world?”, “What happens to us after death?” These questions continue to be relevant today.
Religious Education is an exciting and stimulating subject that provides a great opportunity for pupils.
Throughout Years 7, 8, and 9 pupils consider contemporary issues, develop social and cultural awareness, philosophical thought and decision-making skills.
Religious Education enables pupils to be well-informed and balanced on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values in an increasingly global, multi-cultural and multi-faith world.
Introduction to the “Big Six”: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Religious symbols; founders and festivals; the Christmas Story
Christianity, Judaism and Islam and Creation Stories
Hinduism: Intro; God; Symbols; Holy books; Rama and Sita; Diwali; Weddings
Sikhism: Worship and the Gurdwara; Holy founders; traditions and dress
Buddhism: Origins; Siddharta and Buddha; Worship and lifestyle
Special Journeys: Pilgrimages; Lourdes; Fatima; Hajj
Beliefs, Facts and Opinions: Distinction between those words; identification of beliefs, facts and opinions. Why is religion important to so many?
The Five Pillars of Islam; Shahadat, Sawm, Hajj, Zakat, Salah
Inspirational People and the Golden Rule: Martin Luther King; Rosa Parks; Gandhi
Worship in Christianity and Judaism
Sikhism: the birth and life of Guru Nanak; Gurdwara; Guru Granth Sahib; 5Ks
Belief in Witchcraft: interpretations of witches. Who were witches? Were witch trials fair? Jediism: Is Jedi a recognised religion in America?
Belief in God: religious upbringing; religious experiences; arguments for the belief in God; arguments against the belief in God; counter-arguments.
Creation Stories: God and Science:
Was the universe designed? The Big Bang: Darwin and the Theory of Evolution. The United Nations: Bill of Human Rights. Children’s Rights. Child soldiers.
Near Death Experiences. The Ten Commandments in Judaism and Christianity. Religious Law. Why do we have laws? Creating your own 10 Commandments.
The Human Rights Act and the Law: In what ways do humans and animals rights differ? What does religion teach about the treatment of animals?
Poverty: rich and poor. Pros & cons of equality. Absolute & relative poverty. Arguments for and against helping the poor. Christian attitudes to poverty. Muslim attitudes to poverty.
Early Tribal Beliefs: the world from the view of tribal people. Witch doctors.
Pupils will complete a written assessment at the end of each module to measure their progress and a summative exam.
Pupils do not receive homework in RE at Key Stage 3.
The study of Religious Education helps pupils to think critically, listen emphatically, speak thoughtfully and write clearly. Skills gained through the study of this subject include the ability to understand the impact of conflicting ideologies and different sides of an argument before arriving at a balanced conclusion.
These are transferable skills that will benefit pupils in any future career. The ability to appreciate and understand human diversity, belief systems and cultural and spiritual experiences would be useful in any profession that brings you into contact with other people.
Ms S Ahsan
Head of Drama / Teacher of Religious Education
Mrs A Rhodes
Teacher of Religious Education