Curriculum End Points
- Students will acquire and develop knowledge of Christianity and other principal religions and world views represented in Britain.
- They will explore ideas of living in a multicultural and multifaith society and explore ideas of diversity.
- They will develop the skill of description, explanation, analysis and evaluation by developing an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
- They will be able to extend their knowledge and the ability to articulate their ideas by responding to ‘Talking Points’. This will also allow them to make judgements and reach conclusions based on presented evidence.
- The two units of study will develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs.
- They will develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements (AO2).
- Learning from different world views will develop an awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences and how religious teachings can relate to them.
- Students will extend their knowledge and understanding (AO1) of different religious beliefs and world views when studying Evil and Suffering and Moral Issues. This includes enquiry into, and investigation of the nature of evil and suffering, religious beliefs relating to abortion and euthanasia, teachings about a variety of moral and ethical issues, ways of life, religious sources, practices and forms of expression.
- They will communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary.
- Students will develop an understanding of ultimate questions and ethical issues from religious and non-religious perspective.
- The two units allow the students to reflect on and respond to their own and others’ experiences in light of their learning about religion and other belief systems.
- They will develop AO2 (analysis and evaluation) and build on the skills from year 7 to communicate their own ideas, particularly in relation to purpose and truth and values and commitments.
Christian Beliefs, Marriage and the family, Muslim Beliefs and Living the Muslim life.
- Develop knowledge, understanding and evaluation of Christian and Muslim beliefs, teachings, and sources of wisdom and authority, including reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures.
- Understand the core Muslim values and beliefs including The Obligatory Acts. Identify Muslim behaviour and attitudes – what they do and what influences their lives.
- Engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. Understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies, i.e. life after death and examples of evil and suffering and the purpose of marriage in Christianity. Construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values.
- Build upon their KS3 knowledge Core Knowledge and key concepts to answer exam style questions including developing the skill of evaluation and to provide a judgement based on evidence. Further embedding the skills of AO1 knowledge and understanding and AO2 analysis and evaluation.
Living the Muslim life, Living the Christian life, Crime and Punishment and Matters of life and death.
- Understand the core Christian values and beliefs including the sacraments, prayer and worship. Identify Christian behaviour and attitudes – what they do and what influences their lives. Explore Christian and Muslim commitments and responsibilities.
- Explain and evaluate attitudes towards crime and punishment, including attitudes to justice, crime, good evil and suffering, forms of punishment including the death penalty, the treatment of criminals and forgiveness.
- Evaluate a range of moral issues including abortion and euthanasia from a Christian and non-religious response.
- Continue to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. Understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies. Build KS3 Core Knowledge to continue to construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values (AO2).
- Further embedding the skills of AO1 knowledge and understanding linked to sources of wisdom and authority and AO2 analysis and evaluation.
Matters of life and death, Peace and Conflict. Christianity and Islam revision topics.
- Understand and apply knowledge of the matters of life and death and the core Muslim beliefs and attitudes towards peace and conflict including attitudes to peace, peace-making, pacifism, conflict, The Just war, holy wars and weapons of mass destruction. Build upon their KS3 and KS4 knowledge Core Knowledge and key concepts to answer exam style questions from two different religions (Christianity and Islam).
- To build on significant common and divergent views between and/ or within religions and beliefs.
- Construct well-informed and balanced arguments om matters concerned with religious beliefs and values. Further embedding the skills of AO1 knowledge and understanding and AO2 analysis and evaluation.
- Use specific technical and religious language (Arabic terms). Be able to formulate an argument which is substantiated with evidence and teachings.
- Students should have developed an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews.
- To continue to articulate clearly their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.