Religious Education

Religious Enquiry

“Inspiring pupils to engage with life’s big questions”

Our Religious Studies Curriculum intends to:

  • Inspire pupils to engage with life’s big questions.

  • Enable pupils to investigate religions and world views through varied experiences, approaches and disciplines

  • Enable pupils to reflect on the ideas of others and express their own ideas with increasing creativity and clarity and be able to consider how beliefs have an impact on individuals and communities.

Course Skills:

  • understand how the beliefs and teachings of a religion affect and influence individuals.

  • explain how the practices of a religion have an impact upon individuals lives and the lives of others

  • reflect on and explore how different ethical issues impact upon our decision making.

  • reflect on and to explore answers to life's ultimate questions.

Curriculum content – Year 9

In Year 9 we develop pupils’ understanding of the world around them, consider different views an ethical questions. The topics covered are:

1. How do Human Rights affect us in the 21st century? - Pupils will discuss what Human rights are and look at current Human Rights based issues.

2. Did God break his side of the covenant when he allowed the Holocaust to happen? - Pupils will learn about the Holocaust in depth and they will also look at other genocides around the world and assess their impact.

3. Is Euthanasia the ultimate act of Agape? - Pupils will consider the concept of agape and unconditional love and they will apply this to medical ethics-based issues. Pupils will be evaluating the concept of agape and the sanctity of human life and considering whether all human life is special and sacred and will be analysing the impact on individuals and society as a whole.

4. Who is God? - Pupils will be discussing whether God exists and evaluating different theories for and against God’s existence. Understand and use accurately and appropriately a range of specialist vocabulary. Use reasoned argument supported by a range of evidence to respond to religious beliefs, moral issues and ultimate questions, recognising the complexity of issues.