Religious Studies

RS Staff

Mrs D Cullen (Faculty Leader)

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.