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Religious Studies
SUBJECT LEADER
Miss J. Killian
j.killian@kingsmeadschool.net


SUBJECT VISION
We want our students to be well-rounded, empathetic members of a diverse and multicultural society. Giving them the skills and knowledge to explore their own beliefs and opinions about world issues , different faiths and how these affect daily life in a safe environment. Preparing them for life after Kingsmead.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

Autumn Term
Topics:
What do Jews believe?
What do Christians believe?

Spring Term
Topics:
What do Hindus believe?
What do Buddhists believe?

Summer Term
Topic:
Philosophy (this topic explores the big questions of life e.g. how was the universe made? How did we get here etc...)

Year 8

Autumn Term
Topics:
What do Muslims believe?
Religion in the media (in this topic we explore how religion is presented by the news, books, films and TV and debate whether religion is represented well or not)

Spring Term
Topic:
What do Sikhs believe?

Summer Term
Topic:
Celebrations (in this topic we look at celebrations and festivals from different religions and cultures across the world)

Year 9

Autumn Term
Topic:
Alternative religions (in this topic you learn about different sects, cults and alternative religions from across the world exploring what they believe and how they practise their beliefs)

Spring Term
Topic:
Dr Seuss and Ethics (in this topic we look at a range of Dr Seuss stories and apply ethical theories to the moral problems and issues raised from the stories we explore)

Summer Term
Topic:
Crime and Punishment (in this topic we learn about why criminals commit crimes, different forms of punishments, theories behind these punishments and what religious people believe about the use of these punishments)

KEY STAGE 4

Year 10

Autumn Term
Topics:
Peace and Conflict (in this topic we look at different attitudes towards war, violence and weapons of mass destruction and look at what the religious views towards these)
Christian beliefs

Spring Term
Topics:
Religion and life (in this topic we explore the issues surrounding human life from birth to death, looking at religious attitudes towards issues such as euthanasia, environmental ethics and abortion)
Christian practices

Summer Term
Topic:
Jewish beliefs

Year 11

Autumn Term
Topic:
Relationships (in this topic we explore matters of marriage, human sexuality and the role of relationships)

Spring Term
Topic:
Jewish practices

Summer Term
Topic:
Revision for the GCSE examination

KEY STAGE 5

Years 12 and 13

Autumn Term
Topic:
Year 12 Philosophy (in this topic we explore arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, whether we have a soul or not and the nature of religious experience)

Spring Term
Topic:
Ethics (in this topic we explore the following ethical theories - Natural Moral Law, Situation ethics, Aristotle's Virtue Ethics and apply these theories to matters of human and animal matters of life and death e.g. animals as food)

Summer Term
Topic:
Christian thought (in this topic you apply Christian beliefs to the topics from ethics and philosophy, whilst exploring different Christian beliefs and practices)

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
Religious Studies is about people and their beliefs or worldviews which leads to an exploration of what it means to be human, including how do we live morally good lives? How can we debate with people we disagree with? So, RS helps not only with knowledge you will gain from RSE, LIMB and the pledge but also with the skills needed to actively learn from these aspects of the curriculum

Cultural Capital Development
In Religious Studies we aim to give the opportunity for all students to visit different places of worship throughout KS3,4 and 5. We also do cross-curricula trips with the History department when looking at War and Judaism.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
The Religious Studies departments works closely with the History department when planning school trips and covering similar content - we make links between our subjects and explore similar topics so that pupils can gain a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of the content covered. We also have cross-curricula links with science when looking at the origins of the world, Geography and culture and English with both literacy skills and knowledge of creation stories.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
In Religious Studies you will have the opportunity to be a subject specialist in lesson and help teach others during lessons. We also run an extra-curricula club on religion in the media that you can become a specialist in. You will also gain skills in evaluation, analysis and debating which will be crucial skills for a leader.

Activities you will complete in this subject linking to the Kingsmead Edge
In Religious Studies you will have the opportunity to complete the following EDGE activities: - (Mindful) Write an article or presentation based around research you have conducted into a local charity, their work and who their aims - (Employable) Produce a help guide on a topic of your choice - (Leadership) To lead a group of students or present to - (Innovation) Write a short story for Key Stage 2 students - (Resilience) Create a memory game to help students remember key facts about a topic

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
In Religious Studies lessons you will have the opportunity to develop your extending writing skills in every topic. We also provide opportunities to read books, text and use percentages, graphs and charts when studying numbers of followers, beliefs and practices. We also use the blended learning platform in lessons and for flipped learning to allow you to develop your research and reading skills further.

Exam Boards and Links
AQA A: Christianity and Judaism
AQA Christianity

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