Year 7 will be starting their Ethics lessons on the topic of ‘Religious Celebrations’. Each lesson is dedicated to the in depth study of a religious celebration from around the world. By studying celebrations we will also be touching on the basic principles of a religion and what they mean for us today. Some examples include Diwali from Hinduism, Easter from Christianity, Ramadan from Islam and Passover from Judaism.
Year 8 will be starting the year off with the topic of ‘Religion and Society’. It’s fairly clear that religion is an important part of our lives (whether we believe in God or not) but why is that the case and how has that come to be? As an example we’ll be looking at why the shops close early on Sundays in the UK, why terrorism is always linked to religion and whether it’s right that we have so many faith schools in the UK?
Year 9 and Year 10 will both be starting the AQA GCSE Religious Studies course. The course is split up into two main areas – 1. The study of two main world religions (in our case Christianity and Islam) and 2. Four key issues from around the world (such as justice, family life and medical ethics) and the views of various different religions.
We will start the year with an in depth look at Christian beliefs. Why do Christians believe the things they do about God, Jesus and the Bible? We will spend some time looking at the characteristics of God, what happened at the beginning of creation, why Jesus existed and what relationship he had with God and humanity.
GCSE Religious Studies is a fantastic opportunity for students to study religion and world affairs through debate, discussion and critical analysis. The subject will train students to articulate better (both verbally and in writing) their own thoughts and feelings on any given subject.
GCSE Textbooks and revision guides are available to purchase from various different sites on the internet. We are studying AQA Religious Studies (full course) with an emphasis on Christianity and Islam.