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Religious Education in Year 7

 

Purpose of the year
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of religion and its place in a multicultural society and in the world. This will include a programme of study based on the key beliefs and practices of the 6 main world religions.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

What is RS?

An introduction to multiculturalism in Wales, the UK and the wider world

Main Beliefs

Western religions

Areas of study will include main beliefs, practices, lifestyle and the influence of Western religions in Britain.

Main Beliefs

Eastern Religions

Areas of study will include main beliefs, practices, lifestyle and the influence of Western religions in Britain.

Key assessments

Literacy task

Pupils are expected to produce a fact deck that provides an overview of key aspects of the 6 main world religions.

Numeracy task

Pupils will study and research one of the 5 pillars of Islam (Zakat) and undertake a number of calculations to demonstrate the percentage Muslims are expected to give to charity per annum.

Literacy task

Pupils will study and research the 5 Ks of Sikhism.  This will involve pupils researching how the Ks are worn and the symbolism and meaning behind each item.

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

Religion, culture, society, multiculturalism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, faith, belief, practice, opinion, fact

Muslim, Five Pillars, Qur’an, Mosque, Allah, Mohammad

Jews, Shema, Torah, Synagogue, Commandments, Abraham, Moses

Christian, Trinity, Bible, Church, God, Ten Commandments

Sikh, 5 Ks, Punjab, Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib

Gods, goddesses, Karma, moksa, rebirth, reincarnation

Wheel of life, samsara, Buddha, 3 jewels, 8 fold path

Skills

Literacy, Research, independent learning, communication, working with others, ICT, DRICE

Numeracy, working with others, peer assessment, self assessment, research, DRICE

Literacy, working with others, communication, research, independent learning, peer assessment, DRICE

Additional Resources

Class work booklets and textual materials

ICT programmes which include Word, Powerpoint, Kahoot and Youtube

Use of ICT facilities

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by researching key topics covered in class, especially those linked to key assessments
  • To discuss current affairs of a religious nature with your child and encourage discussion for your child to be confident in expressing personal views after considering the views of others
  • Check Twitter feeds from the school for news and updates

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

 

Homework expectations

 

Homework tasks are varied in nature and length of study can take up to one hour. Homework depends on tasks covered in class and can be issued weekly or on a fortnightly basis. Homework tasks may include research, completing and improving classwork or preparing for assessment.

Religious Education in Year 8

 Purpose of the year

  • To study the biographies of inspirational figures and to gain knowledge and understanding of inspirational qualities.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of key religious figures from the 6 main world religions.
  • To find out about religious worship, religious buildings, places of pilgrimage and sacred texts from some of the 6 main world religions.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

  • What makes someone inspirational?
  • Inspirational Figures – Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, Helen Keller
  • Inspirational Figures (continued)
  • Religious Figures (Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Guru Nanak, Mohammad, Buddha)
  • Worship in holy buildings and at places of pilgrimage
  • The role of sacred texts

Key assessments

Literacy task

Pupils are required to research a selection of inspirational figures either from their own lives or from the wider world. Pupils should compile biographical details together with reasons why their chosen figures are seen by others as inspirational.

Numeracy task

Pupils are expected to work independently to compile a list of 10 inspirational qualities, ranking in order of importance. Pupils will take part in a class survey to compile a ‘top 10’ and then calculate percentages of whole class results. Results are then evaluated in a written report.

Literacy task

Pupils will independently research the key features of places of worship and present their findings in a portfolio.

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

  • Perseverance,
  • respect,
  • inspirational,
  • determination,
  • equality (PRIDE)
  • Biography,
  • chronology,
  • personal quality,
  • empathy,
  • reflection
  • Rank order,
  • importance,
  • evaluate,
  • crucifixion,
  • resurrection,
  • covenant,
  • 10 plagues,
  • exodus,
  • equality,
  • Mecca,
  • night journey,
  • enlightenment,
  • 4 sights,
  • nirvana
  • Church,
  • Mosque,
  • Gurdwara,
  • Synagogue,
  • Holy Land,
  • Mecca,
  • Lourdes,
  • Rome,
  • St Davids,
  • Golden Temple,
  • Punjab,
  • Western Wall,
  • Qur’an,
  • Bible,
  • Guru Granth Sahib,
  • Torah,
  • scriptures

Skills

  • Literacy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • reflection,
  • empathy,
  • DRICE
  • Numeracy,
  • literacy,
  • working with others,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • research,
  • evaluation,
  • DRICE
  • Literacy,
  • working with others,
  • communication, research,
  • independent learning,
  • peer assessment,
  • ICT,
  • DRICE

Additional Resources

Class work booklets and textual materials

ICT programmes which include Word, Powerpoint, Kahoot and Youtube

Use of ICT facilities

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by researching key topics covered in class, especially those linked to key assessments
  • To discuss current affairs of a religious nature with your child and encourage discussion for your child to be confident in expressing personal views after considering the views of others
  • Check Twitter feeds from the school for news and updates

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

Possible visits to places of worship

Homework expectations

 

Homework tasks are varied in nature and length of study can take up to one hour. Homework depends on tasks covered in class and can be issued weekly or on a fortnightly basis. Homework tasks may include research, completing and improving classwork or preparing for assessment.

Religious Education in Year 9

Purpose of the year

  • To follow WJEC specification for GCSE Religious Studies which requires study of the core beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Judaism.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

Christianity – Core beliefs, teachings and practices

Topic areas include: God, creation, the nature of humanity, Jesus as God Incarnate, Morality

Christianity – Core beliefs, teachings and practices

Topic areas include: The teachings of Jesus, The role of the Church, Christian charities and organisations in Wales and the modern wider world

Judaism – Core beliefs, teachings and practices

Topic areas include: The concept of God, the synagogue, the Jewish home, Jewish traditions, prayer, religious clothing and symbols, the Torah, Shabbat, Jewish food laws

Key assessments

Class test – 40 minutes

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Christianity throughout the first term and answer a series of past paper questions

Internal exam – 40 minutes

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Christianity throughout the two terms and answer a series of past paper questions

Class test – 40 minutes

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Judaism throughout the third term and answer a series of past paper questions

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

  • Omnipotence,
  • omnibenevolence,
  • trinity,
  • incarnation,
  • atonement,
  • divine command,
  • agape,
  • resurrection,
  • imago dei,
  • holy spirit,
  • absolute morality,
  • relative morality
  • Interfaith dialogue,
  • Messiah,
  • tradition,
  • church,
  • chapel,
  • sacraments,
  • Salvation Army,
  • Shelter Cymru,
  • social justice,
  • reconciliation
  • Shema,
  • Mezuzah,
  • Tallit,
  • Kippah,
  • Tefillin, synagogue,
  • Aron Hakodesh,
  • bimah,
  • rabbi,
  • 613 Mitzvot,
  • Ner tamid,
  • Shabbat,
  • Kosher,
  • Kashrut,
  • Orthodox,
  • Reform

Skills

  • Literacy,
  • Numeracy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • DRICE
  • Literacy,
  • Numeracy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • DRICE
  • Literacy,
  • Numeracy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • DRICE

Additional Resources

WJEC GCSE Religious Studies Unit 2 text book

Class work booklets and textual materials

Revision booklet

ICT programmes which include Word, Powerpoint, Kahoot and Youtube

Use of ICT facilities

www.wjec.co.uk – for course content, past papers and specimen assessment materials

 

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by researching key topics covered in class, especially those linked to key assessments
  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by revising topic covered in class ready for external examinations
  • To discuss current affairs of a religious nature with your child and encourage discussion for your child to be confident in expressing personal views after considering the views of others
  • Check Twitter feeds from the school for news and updates

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

  • Revision sessions prior to exams
  • Departmental revision booklet

Homework expectations

 

  • Homework tasks are varied in nature and length of study can take up to one hour.
  • Homework depends on tasks covered in class and can be issued weekly or on a fortnightly basis.
  • Homework tasks may include research, completing and improving classwork, revision and preparing for assessment / examinations.

 Religious Education in Year 10

Purpose of the year 

  • To follow WJEC specification for GCSE Religious Studies which requires study of the core beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity, Judaism and Humanism in relation to 4 philosophical and ethical themes.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

Philosophical Theme 1:

Good and Evil

Areas of study include:

  • Crime and Punishment,
  • Forgiveness,
  • Good,
  • Evil and Suffering

Philosophical Theme 2: Life and Death

Areas of study include:

  • The world,
  • creation theories,
  • the origin and value of human life,
  • beliefs about death and the afterlife

Ethical Theme 1: Relationships

Areas of study include:

  • 21st century families,
  • marriage,
  • attitudes towards adultery,
  • divorce and re-marriage,
  • sexual relationships
  • issues of equality

 

Ethical Theme 2: Human Rights

Areas of study include:

  • Human rights and social justice,
  • prejudice and discrimination,
  • Issues of wealth and poverty

Key assessments

Class test – 40 minutes

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Theme 1 and answer a series of past paper questions

Internal exam – 1 Hour

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Philosophical Theme 2 and answer a series of past paper questions

Class test – 40 minutes

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Ethical Themes 1 and 2 and answer a series of past paper questions

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

  • Good,
  • evil,
  • forgiveness,
  • free will,
  • justice,
  • morality,
  • pacifism,
  • conscience,
  • suffering,
  • Just War Theory,
  • Holocaust
  • Afterlife,
  • funeral,
  • ceremony,
  • environmental responsibility,
  • euthanasia,
  • evolution,
  • abortion,
  • quality of life,
  • sanctity of life,
  • soul
  • Adultery,
  • divorce,
  • cohabitation,
  • commitment,
  • contraception,
  • gender equality,
  • responsibilities,
  • roles,
  • prejudice,
  • discrimination
  • Censorship,
  • extremism,
  • human rights,
  • personal conviction,
  • relative and absolute poverty,
  • social justice

Skills

  • Literacy,
  • Numeracy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • DRICE
  • Literacy,
  • Numeracy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • DRICE
  • Literacy,
  • Numeracy,
  • Research,
  • independent learning,
  • communication,
  • working with others,
  • ICT,
  • peer assessment,
  • self-assessment,
  • DRICE

Additional Resources

WJEC GCSE Religious Studies Unit 2 text book

Class work booklets and textual materials

Revision booklet

ICT programmes which include Word, Powerpoint, Kahoot and Youtube

Use of ICT facilities

www.wjec.co.uk – for course content, past papers and specimen assessment materials

How parents can help

  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by researching key topics covered in class, especially those linked to key assessments
  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by revising topic covered in class ready for external examinations
  • To discuss current affairs of a religious nature with your child and encourage discussion for your child to be confident in expressing personal views after considering the views of others
  • Check Twitter feeds from the school for news and updates

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

Revision sessions prior to exams

Departmental revision booklet

Homework expectations

 

  • Homework tasks are varied in nature and length of study can take up to one hour.
  • Homework depends on tasks covered in class and can be issued weekly or on a fortnightly basis.
  • Homework tasks may include research, completing and improving classwork, revision and preparing for assessment / examinations.

Religious Education in Year 11

 

Purpose of the year
  • To follow WJEC specification for GCSE Religious Studies which requires study of the core beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Judaism.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

Christianity – Core beliefs, teachings and practices

Topic areas include: The Bible, Rites of Passage, Special Places

Judaism – Core beliefs, teachings and practices

Topic areas include: The Tenakh, Abraham and the covenant, Moses and the Commandments, Symbols, ceremonies and festivals

Revision of the course in preparation for GCSE examinations

Pupils will be expected to sit 2 x 2 hour written external examinations in the Summer Term at the end of Year 11

Key assessments

Internal exam – 1 Hour

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Christianity throughout the first term and answer a series of past paper questions

Class Test – 40 minutes

Pupils will be expected to revise key topics covered within Judaism throughout the second term and answer a series of past paper questions

Pupils will be expected to practice a series of past paper and specimen questions in preparation for external examinations

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

  • Bible, revelation,
  • judgement,
  • baptism,
  • reason,
  • confirmation,
  • Eucharist,
  • pilgrimage,
  • free will,
  • heaven,
  • hell,
  • vows,
  • marriage symbols
  • Tenakh,
  • Torah,
  • Talmud,
  • covenant,
  • Brit Milah,
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah,
  • Mezuzah,
  • Pesach,
  • Magen David,
  • Abraham,
  • Moses,
  • Promised Land
  • Knowledge,
  • understanding,
  • evaluation,
  • Explain,
  • Describe,
  • Assess

Skills

Literacy, Numeracy, Research, independent learning, communication, working with others, ICT, peer assessment, self-assessment, DRICE

Literacy, Numeracy, Research, independent learning, communication, working with others, ICT, peer assessment, self-assessment, DRICE

Literacy, Numeracy, Research, independent learning, communication, working with others, ICT, peer assessment, self-assessment, DRICE

Additional Resources

WJEC GCSE Religious Studies Unit 2 text book

Class work booklets and textual materials

Revision booklet

ICT programmes which include Word, Powerpoint, Kahoot and Youtube

Use of ICT facilities

www.wjec.co.uk – for course content, past papers and specimen assessment materials

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to extend their learning at home by revising topic covered in class ready for external examinations
  • To discuss current affairs of a religious nature with your child and encourage discussion for your child to be confident in expressing personal views after considering the views of others
  • Check Twitter feeds from the school for news and updates

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

Revision sessions prior to exams

Departmental revision booklets

Homework expectations

 

Homework tasks are varied in nature and length of study can take up to one hour. Homework depends on tasks covered in class and can be issued weekly or on a fortnightly basis. Homework tasks may include research, completing and improving classwork, revision and preparing for assessment / examinations.