Religious Studies - KS3

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader:  Mr L Betney
Teaching Staff: Miss Ellis
Link Governor:  Mr P Sharples

OUR AIMS

At Up Holland High School, we start by developing students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity as the main religious tradition in the UK and other world religions. In year 8 and 9 we develop what they have learned about religious beliefs and consider secular world views and the different responses to challenging questions. We explore and evaluate the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of morality. Religious Studies enhances students’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. It encourages students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs. It challenges students to reflect on and evaluate issues of belief and ethics and to communicate their responses. It provides opportunities for students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

YEAR 7



TERM
UNIT OF STUDY
KEY SKILLS / LEARNING
Autumn
Beginnings
Historical Jesus
State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss
Spring

Hindu Dharma

What is the Church?

State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority

Discuss

Summer


Jesus' Teachings

Religion and Food

State

Outline

Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority

Discuss

Contrast religious practice with personal experiences

YEAR 8



Autumn
Islam in the UK
Religious Expression
State
Outline
Explain
Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss
Spring

Problem of Evil

How do Buddhists act in the world?

State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss
Contrast religious practice with personal experiences
Summer
Central Christian Beliefs
Influential Figures
State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss

YEAR 9



Autumn
Existence and Evil and Religion
Is war justified?
State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss
Spring
Religion and LGBT
Crime and Punishment
State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss
Contrast British culture with the culture of other countries
Summer
What is Faith?
The Universe
State
Outline
Explain
Interpret/Explain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
Discuss

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Oxfam Youth Group

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Ask them what they think about current affairs and how they affect them.
Encourage them to watch documentaries and read books on religion, philosophy and politics or people or events that capture their interest and imagination.

WHERE TO GO:

Liverpool Cathedrals
The Walker Art Gallery
World Museum (Liverpool)
Local Churches, Mosques or Temples
International War Museum Manchester

WHAT TO WATCH:

The News
Prince of Egypt, Disney
Hidden Figures
The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas
The Diary of A Young Girl (Anne Frank), BBC adaptation
Bruce Almighty

WHAT TO READ:

The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S Lewis
Phillip Pullman novels
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Biographies/Autobiographies: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Malala Yousafzai, and other influential figures
The Diary of A Young Girl (Anne Frank)
Are you there God? It’s me Margaret, Judy Blume
Across the Barricades, Joan Lingard (Year 9)
War Horse, Michael Morpurgo (Year 9)
I am David, Anne Holm
Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness (Year 9)

ONLINE:

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