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Our aim is to allow pupils to discover the links between religions and the experiences that all humans share. We have 1 lesson per week across all Year Groups.
In KS3 pupils look at each of the big 6 religions in turn – Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. We cover founding beliefs, main figures, practises and teachings and we assess pupils for their learning about and from each religion.
KS4 traditionally starts in Yr9 with pupils currently following the Edexcel Religion and Life and Religion and Society GCSE. We deal with lots of moral issues and discover what the two main religions in this area of Nottingham, Christianity and Islam, think about them. We also consider non-religious belief systems too and pupils have plenty of opportunity to discuss and share their own viewpoints. Below is a table showing the broad range of issues we look at and when they are taught.
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Year 9||Premarital sex, adultery, divorce, homosexuality, contraception||Upbringings, evolution v creationism, unanswered prayer, reasons why people suffer||Life after death, ghosts, mediums, where people go when they die, abortion, euthanasia, suicide|
|Year 10||Gender equality, racism, problems for multi-ethnic and multi-faith societies||Global warming, pollution, natural resources, stewardship, infertility treatments, transplants||Warfare, bullying, forgiveness|
|Year 11||Making moral decisions, human rights, genetic engineering||Justice, capital punishment, drugs and alcohol||Revision of all of the above|
Current there is a second pathway at KS4 – AQA Religious Studies B. Pupils on this pathway are still studying issues and discovering Christian and Islamic viewpoints towards them.
The topics of study are:
Religious Attitudes to Elderly and Death
Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse
Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment
Religious Attitudes to Rich and Poor in Society