Key Stage 3 Ethics
In Year 7, we begin our students journey through Religious Education by answering some of the ‘Big Questions’ such as: ‘Does God exist?’, ‘How did the world begin?’ and ‘What causes suffering?’ Students are able to investigate a range of beliefs and opinions before developing their own ideas and opinions. Students will investigate the beliefs and practices of Christianity over the course of the year by thinking about who Jesus was and what his influence is on the lives of modern day Christians, as well as how different denominations practice their beliefs, the role of the Church in society and Christian led charities. Students will have an introduction to Islam, focusing on myth busting and an investigation into the role of the media and Islamophobia along with a dedicated unit of enquiring into a religion of the students choice.
In Year 8, we deepen our understanding of Islam paying particular attention to the key beliefs of Prophethood, the Qur’an and life after death. This will prepare students for the rigour of the GCSE course which begins in Year 9. Students will then go on to study a unit focusing on Crime and Punishment, helping to develop thoughts and opinions about current issues such as the legal system and types of punishment including the Death Penalty. The final term focuses on Christian perspectives on hot topics such as animal rights, vegetarianism, conservation and ways to tackle global warming.
Year 9 introduces some of the key moral issues that are part of the AQA GCSE RE. This introduction allows students to consider some sensitive issues and decide whether they would like to choose to take this subject at GCSE. In Year 9, we try to keep the curriculum flexible so that we can adapt to real world issues and let the students make some of the decisions about where their learning takes them. This year, our Year 9 students have investigated Christian attitudes to marriage, divorce, sexuality, abortion and euthanasia. We have also looked at societal issues such as drugs and alcohol and religious beliefs and teachings about this as well as a unit on Terrorism including historical events such as 9/11 and the Omar bombings right up to the Paris attacks and the current day.
We expect that over the course of the three years in their Religious Education lessons that they will have built up the enquiry, investigation and evaluation skills to enable them to objectively look into some of the most sensitive and emotive issues and to respond to them and other attitudes towards them with thoughtfulness and respect.