In Year 7 the focus is on asking important questions about values and beliefs, making links between their own and others’ responses, recognising the implications and consequences of making moral choices. Consideration is given to asking questions about why people choose to practice religion and the impact this has on individuals and communities. This leads us to investigate, compare and contrast the different beliefs about the origins of the universe, religious teachings and the impact they have on the individual. The relationship between science and religion is considered. Places and forms of worship, the relationships between them are explored, with focus on the individual believer. Opportunity is available in the summer term for pupils to visit places of worship and to explore the special relationships they have with their communities and others. The year finishes with an in-depth look at what is meant by forgiveness from both a personal viewpoint and a religious one.
In Year 8 the focus continuous with asking important questions as in year 7, however, pupils are challenged to think if humans are better than animals? What makes humans different to animals? Is it our ability to reason and learn or something much profounder; authority / stewardship given to us by God? Pupils then compare and contrast the different religious celebrations and analyse their significance for the believers and their communities. Subsequently, we consider how certain religious leaders have been an inspiration to their own communities and to the wider world within challenging circumstances. Their actions are reflected upon and consideration is given to what can unite and divide all communities, both religious and non-religious, and how religious teachings can encourage tolerance and harmony. Pupils then contemplate who inspires them and why. The year finishes with an in-depth look at Buddhism with focus on meditation, how and why people choose to surrender their materialistic / worlds goods and not let their desires overtake them.
Homework is an integral part of the assessments carried out in Key Stage 3. Students are set two ‘tasks’ per year and the tasks can be interpreted to suit the pupils individual strengths e.g. model making; leaflets; posters; PowerPoint presentations; essays; story boards etc. In addition, to assist pupils with their literacy there is a requirement for all pupils to show some ability of extended sustained writing. This will simply mean that pupils will be required to complete a written task as well as their own strengths mentioned earlier.
In year 9 pupils will start the GCSE course AQA Religious studies and continue with this until end of year 11. The themes that will be taught are: Crime and punishment, Religion and life, Beliefs & practices in Christianity, Peace and conflict, Beliefs and practices in Islam, Religion and human rights and social justice.