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Kingswood Secondary Academy

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Religious Studies

KS3 Religious Studies

Religious Studies is embedded throughout KS3 Humanities and students are encouraged to ask and respond to profound and difficult questions, i.e. what is the purpose of life? How should we treat each other? How do we explain and cope with death and suffering? The lessons help students discover new information and approach new information with empathy. Through ‘Talking Points’ students develop attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own. They also reflect on their learning and not only acquire knowledge but use knowledge to understand their world, build community and develop their opinion.

 

Year 7 topics include:

Corby:

What does it mean to belong? How do I belong to Corby?

How do other people belong?

What religious places and buildings exist in Corby to show belonging?

What is integration and diversity? Is Corby a multicultural community?

How do changes impact and influence behaviour?

What is my future in Corby?

 

The UK:

What is meant by conflict? 

What is war and why do wars occur? 

Which organisations work to resolve conflict? 

Is the UK multicultural? Is the UK multifaith?

Is prejudice and discrimination an issue in the UK? 

What is racial harmony, and can this be achieved in the UK?

Is the UK a fair and equal society?

What are British values?

 

Global issues:

What are the different types of terrorism? 

What is Islamophobia and why does it exist?  

How do religious individuals respond to acts of terror?  

 

Who is affected most by terrorism?  How and why?  

 

How should the police be prosecuted for the events at Hillsborough in 1989? 

How do organisations work to reduce the impact of pollution?

 

Year 8 topics include:

Peace and conflict:

What is meant by conflict?

 

What is war and why do wars occur? 

Which organisations work to resolve conflict? 

Did anyone object to war?

Can war be justified? 

How did anti-Semitism develop in Nazi occupied Europe? 

Who were the heroes of the Holocaust? 

What is forgiveness and is it possible? 

What are the arguments for and against forgiveness? 

 

Rights and responsibilities:

What are rights and responsibilities? Can we have rights without responsibilities? 

What are our responsibilities towards the environment? 

What do religions teach about stewardship and helping the environment? 

If we change rights and responsibilities, are we playing God? 

Who were the Civil Rights campaigners? To what extent can they be considered heroic? 

Who was Rosa Parks? How significant were her actions? 

What is the death penalty? What are the arguments for and against the death penalty? 

 

Health and disease:

What is abortion?

What are the UK abortion laws and what does a Christian believe about abortion? 

How can disease be prevented? 

How can organisations like the Red Cross help individuals and countries affected by disease? 

 

Religious Studies is an optional course at GCSE for KS4 and Beliefs in Society is a topic taught in the second year of the A-level Sociology course. We aim to provide a broad-based curriculum in which students will increase their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in whilst being encouraged to respond to significant questions of meaning and value in a caring and sharing ethos.

What have our pupils said about the RS Department?

'Religious Studies helps me to express my opinions in a respectful way. It also teaches me how I should handle sensitive situations in the world and within different cultural societies.’ Ceara, year 9

‘Religious Studies is a good subject because we get to discuss our opinions and gain a better understanding of others.’ Evie, year 9

‘Religious Studies gives you a wider understanding of the world we live in, e.g. learning about different religions and current issues. It allows you to be optimistic and enables you to put across your own opinions and questions. Religious Studies also allows you to understand why people may disagree with you and your beliefs systems.’ Ruvimbo, year 10

‘Religious Studies allows for us to learn in depth knowledge about religion and cultural societies. It gives us an opportunity to express our own beliefs and compare them to others. We learn about other beliefs as well as our own.’ Remi, year 9