In year 7 pupils will start the year by exploring their own life and beliefs. They will learn about what it means to belong to a faith community such as the Jewish and Christian communities. Pupils will also explore some of the beliefs, practices and traditions practised during religious festivals and reflect on the different beliefs about how the world was created.
In year 8 pupils will study Religious Education and will explore some of the beliefs, practices and traditions of Hinduism and Islam. They will also explore different issues and ideas relating to the life of Jesus as well as exploring how different religious groups choose to worship.
In year 9 pupils are introduced to PEGS which is Philosophy, Ethics and General Studies. Pupils will study philosophical issues such as; why do people suffer, how to find happiness, does God exist and what happens when we die, all from religious perspectives. They will also study issues such as Crime and Punishment and explore philosophical, ethical and religious arguments relating to these issues.
KS4 Citizenship GCSE
In year 10 pupils will follow a GCSE Citizenship course where they will study issues such as how the law works, democracy at work in the UK, human rights and taking citizenship action. They will follow the Edexcel Citizenship course and will be assessed by two 1 ½ hour examinations at the end of KS4. The course will contain some elements of Religious Studies as well as covering issues to relating to British Values.
KS4 PEGS is an integral part of KS4 curriculum and is studied by year 11 pupils. They will explore a range of moral issues from a religious, philosophical and ethical perspective.
Religious Studies GCSE
As well as KS4 PEGS, pupils will be offered the GCSE Religious Studies Course as an option. They will follow the Edexcel syllabus B, studying, “Religion and Ethics,” where they will cover topics such as Marriage, Matters of Life and Death and “Religion, Peace and Conflict,” where they will be studying topics such as Crime and Punishment and Peace and Conflict. They will study these issues from various religious perspectives. The course will be assessed by two 1 ½ hour examinations at the end of KS4.