Religious Studies

Why is the subject important?

The Religious Studies curriculum equips students with a strong command of explicit knowledge surrounding the main faiths around the world. This is important because around 84% of people globally identify with a religious group, therefore we must ensure our students understand the beliefs and practices of all people. The Year 7 and 8 curriculum will equip students with the key theological understanding of 5 main religions; Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.  Once students have a strong theological understand of the 5 main religions, they will put these theological understandings into practice. They will examine religious and non-religious perspectives on contemporary issues such as business ethics, war, justice and the care for our environment. This will begin to teach them where their own ethical opinions come from, beginning to understand their own views on the world around them. This is in line with the national curriculum that also has a clear focus on the wider world. The curriculum is designed to build and develop skills within our students, such as, critical thinking and reasoning skills. We want our students at Trinity Academy to leave school being able to understand the world around them and being able to articulate their views in an educated manner.

Year 7

What will I be studying?

  • Does God Exist?
  • How is God portrayed in the Old Testament?
  • How is God portrayed in the New Testament?
  • How is God worshipped in contemporary society?
  • What are the main beliefs in Islam?
  • How do beliefs impact Muslims today?

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessment using three assessments throughout the year, these will take place in November, March and June. The assessments will cover the content students learn within the lesson and will be both knowledge and skill based.

Students will also take part in the Masters of Recall assessments which take place at the end of each term to assess the retention of new knowledge covered within the term. This will assess the retention of knowledge from the knowledge organisers.

Knowledge Organisers

  • Term 1 – Does God Exist?
  • Term 2 – How is God portrayed in the Old Testament?
  • Term 3 – How is God portrayed in the New Testament?
  • Term 4 – How is God worshipped in contemporary society?
  • Term 5 – What are the main beliefs in Islam?
  • Term 6 – How do beliefs impact Muslims today?

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1pYRg2f202rqWHrp3ywhTyX/religions-of-the-world

What will I be studying? Students in Year 8 and 9 will study the same units for one year only in 2020/2021 to accommodate curriculum changes.

  • Understanding Hinduism – What are the main beliefs in Hinduism?
  • How does Dharma influence the Life of a Hindu?
  • Understanding Buddhism – What are the main beliefs in Buddhism?
  • How can we reach Enlightenment?
  • Understanding Sikhism – What are the main beliefs in Sikhism?
  • Is Langar more than food?

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessment using three assessments throughout the year, these will take place in November, March and June. The assessments will cover the content students learn within the lesson and will be both knowledge and skill based.

Students will also take part in the Master of Recall assessments which take place at the end of each term to assess the retention of new knowledge covered within the term. This will assess the retention of knowledge from the knowledge organisers.

Knowledge Organisers

  • Term 1 – Understanding Hinduism – What are the main beliefs in Hinduism?
  • Term 2 – How does Dharma influence the Life of a Hindu?
  • Term 3 – Understanding Buddhism – What are the main beliefs in Buddhism?
  • Term 4 – How can we reach Enlightenment?
  • Term 5 – Understanding Sikhism – What are the main beliefs in Sikhism?
  • Term 6 – Is Langar more than food?

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f
  • https://request.org.uk/

What will I be studying?

  • Understanding Hinduism – What are the main beliefs in Hinduism?
  • How does Dharma influence the Life of a Hindu?
  • Understanding Buddhism – What are the main beliefs in Buddhism?
  • How can we reach Enlightenment?
  • Understanding Sikhism – What are the main beliefs in Sikhism?
  • Is Langar more than food?

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessment using three assessments throughout the year, these will take place in November, March and June. The assessments will cover the content students learn within the lesson and will be both knowledge and skill based.

Students will also take part in the Master of Recall assessments which take place at the end of each term to assess the retention of new knowledge covered within the term. This will assess the retention of knowledge from the knowledge organisers.

Knowledge Organisers

  • Term 1 – Understanding Hinduism – What are the main beliefs in Hinduism?
  • Term 2 – How does Dharma influence the Life of a Hindu?
  • Term 3 – Understanding Buddhism – What are the main beliefs in Buddhism?
  • Term 4 – How can we reach Enlightenment?
  • Term 5 – Understanding Sikhism – What are the main beliefs in Sikhism?
  • Term 6 – Is Langar more than food?

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f
  • https://request.org.uk/

What will I be studying? 

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Marriage & The Family
  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Matters of Life & Death
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Peace & Conflict

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed every 6 weeks with an exam based question and at the end of each unit with 4 exam questions – 3, 4, 5 & 15 markers. Students will also sit trial exams throughout Year 10 & Year 11.

During the exam period students will sit two papers.
Short Course

Paper 1 – Christian Beliefs & Marriage and the Family – (50 Minutes)

Paper 2 – Muslim Beliefs & Crime & Punishment (50 minutes)

Full Course

Paper 1 – Christian Beliefs, Marriage and the Family, Living the Christian Life & Matters of Life & Death (1 hour & 45 minutes)

Paper 2 – Muslim Beliefs, Crime & Punishment, Living the Muslim Life & Peace & Conflict  (1 hour & 45 minutes)

Which examination board am I following?

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification: B

Website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zm9pd6f
  • https://request.org.uk/
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