What will students study this term?
In Year 7, the students will begin their Religious Studies with an overview of what the subject involves as well as the importance of the subject. Following that, the students will study two of the six main religions: Islam and Christianity. In doing so, the students will understand the beliefs, cultures and histories these religions have in the world.
In Year 8, the students will begin their first term studying the interrelationships between different faiths. Initially, the students will explore the inter-faith dialogue between religions in Britain and how important it is in a multicultural society. This is followed by a study in whether peace can exist in a diverse society.
In Year 9, the students will explore philosophical and ethical aspects of the RS course. This term, the students will study a variety of ethical questions, such as the concept of humanity, abortion, and euthanasia.
What assessment will students do this term?
Each year group will undergo an extended written task at least once a half term. The skills tested will centre on the key concept the topic is exploring and indicate their understanding of the topic. The style of assessment and the wording of the questions are phrased in such a way to prepare the students for GCSE.
What homelearning will be set this term?
Students are set a variety of homelearning tasks.
Each year group will receive a homelearning menu where the students will complete two tasks from the menu every half term that is monitored by the teacher. The tasks on the menu are more challenging further up the menu. The tasks range from written, to creative, to exam preparation.
What can we do at home to help with this term’s learning?
Ensure students are completing all home learning tasks to a high standard and on time.
Revising spellings for key terms. Revisiting lesson material prior to assessments and ensuring students are using these materials to revise. Materials used in lesson can be found in the shared Humanities folder in students’ ‘Shared with Me’ drive on their chromebooks.
What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?
Year 7 students can complete a project to portray themselves in a symbolic form. Symbols work at a deep and powerful level of communication – their simplicity often disguises their strength. Symbols therefore help us to explore a world of emotions and thought. By completing this exercise, you will be thinking about yourself, your values, history and future. You should use your knowledge of religious symbols and their meaning to create your own.
Year 8 students can answer a selection of extension questions in the document ‘Investigating your beliefs and those of others.’ This can be found in the challenge tasks folder in the ‘Shared with Me’ drive.
Year 9 students can purchase a GCSE Philosophy and Ethics textbook and complete the tasks within to expand their understanding and prepare them steadily for GCSE. Any advice, see Mr Hadley.
What further reading is recommended to support this area of study?
Students have access to in depth textbooks on all 6 major world religions via Kerboodle.
What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?