Religious Studies

RS Staff

Mrs D Cullen (Faculty Leader)

Mrs A Farnan

Key Stage 3 - Yrs 7 - 9

Year 7 - Autumn Term:

Topic 1 Christianity:

  • Students investigate the beliefs of Christians and the life of Jesus.
  • They will then reflect on the influence people have on each other; role models, heroes etc.
  • Healthcare and death are also investigated whilst learning about Christianity.
  • Different Christian denominations are also investigated.

Topic 2 Islam:

  • Students will discover the general beliefs of Islam.
  • They will then reflect on what is meant to be free, analysing the freedom, or lack, that celebrities and royalty have.
  • Law and Order is also analysed whilst learning about Islam.
  • Students will finally investigate what is meant by destiny.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

 Year 8: Autumn Term:

Topic 1 Hinduism:

  • Students decide whether being Hindu is a religion or a culture or both.
  • After investigating the general beliefs of Hinduism students will analyse what it is like to belong to a society.
  • Through the use of Hindu avatars, students will reflect on Online Internet safety.

Topic 2 Judaism:

  • Students will investigate the different rituals used in Judaism.
  • This will give them the opportunity to reflect on mental health issues, self-belief, diet and puberty.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

 Year 9 Autumn Term:

Topic 1 Attitudes towards Drugs:

  • Students learn the differences between over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, social drugs (alcohol, tobacco, caffeine) and illegal drugs.
  • Students will discover the penalties for using drugs illegally, as well as the medical effects of doing so.
  • They will reflect on different attitudes towards the 4 classes of drugs, both religious and non-religious. They religions studied are the 6 studied in Years 7&8.
  • This topic will continue into the Spring Term.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

Year 7 - Spring Term:

Topic 1 Buddhism:

  • Students will discover the basic beliefs of Buddhism.
  • They will then reflect on what is meant by suffering, both in the Buddhist religion and in our own lives in the UK.
  • Dealing with loss is also reflected on through the study of the Buddhist religion.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

 Year 8: Spring Term:

Topic 1 The Island:

  • Now that students have found out the basics of the 6 main religions of the world, they have the opportunity to create an imaginary society from scratch - the Island.
  • This gives students time to reflect on what makes a good society, what is needed for a society to work, and the role beliefs have on a society.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

 Year 9 Spring Term:

Topic 1 Attitudes towards Drugs:

  • This continues from the Autumn Term.
  • Students learn the differences between over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, social drugs (alcohol, tobacco, caffeine) and illegal drugs.
  • Students will discover the penalties for using drugs illegally, as well as the medical effects of doing so.
  • They will reflect on different attitudes towards the 4 classes of drugs, both religious and non-religious. They religions studied are the 6 studied in Years 7&8.

Topic 2 Attitudes towards Crime and Punishment:

  • Students will learn the different punishments for different crimes in different areas of the world and how these are affected by the main religions in those areas.
  • Students will reflect on the success and failure of the varying punishments.
  • They will also think about the harshness of punishment; necessary or not?
  • This will continue into the Summer Term.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

Year 7 - Summer Term:

Topic 1 Sikhism:

  • Students will discover the basic beliefs of Sikhism.
  • They will reflect on the use of charity in today’s society; its benefits and issues.
  • Issues on racism will also be discussed.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

 Year 8: Summer Term:

Topic 1 Can we prove God’s existence?:

  • Now that students have found out the basics of the 6 main religions of the world, we link this to science and evidence when analysing if God does exist.

Topic 2 How do we make moral decisions?:

  • This topic is all about ethics and morals.
  • Students will investigate Humanism and Utilitarianism and what morals these groups of thinkers have.
  • This topic is more philosophical than  the other ones, but still allows students to think through key issues that affect today’s society whilst putting their viewpoint across.

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.

 Year 9 Summer Term:

Topic 1 Attitudes towards Crime and Punishment:

  • This continues from the Spring Term.
  • Students will learn the different punishments for different crimes in different areas of the world and how these are affected by the main religions in those areas.
  • Students will reflect on the success and failure of the varying punishments.
  • They will also think about the harshness of punishment; necessary or not?

Recommended Resources:

  • Students will also use resources such as Power-Point presentations, worksheets, picture sources, letters, video-clips, to help with their learning.
  • Students could watch any relevant TV programmes (BBC2, BBC4, Yesterday, are all good channels).

Equipment Required:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Text-books-if not left in the classroom
  • Exercise books-if not left in the classroom
  • Planner

Assessment:

  • RS is not required to feedback on progress except for effort. Therefore students will not be given a grade or progress number.
  • However, work will be formatively marked by staff whereby students will be given feedback on how well they are doing and what could be done to be even better. Students will be expected to respond to feedback.

Homework:

  • There will be no regular homework set. When it is set, students will have it written in their Planners and it will also be on the school’s online homework site.

How You Can Help:

  • Discuss events in the news that involve other cultures and religions.
  • Check that any homework has been completed.
  • Ensure students have the correct equipment.
  • If you can, find time to ask them what they have learnt, and to even teach you!
  • Watch TV programmes with them, if possible, and discuss what you have learnt together.
  • Try to ensure 100% attendance; if a student misses a lesson that is a whole week’s worth of RS. Therefore students must borrow someone’s book to catch up.