Religious Studies

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7What is religion?
- What are the 4 main religions in the world today?
Religious Buildings:
– The importance of religious buildings and considering ‘Should places of worship be sold to help the poor?’
Year 8Is death the end?
- Exploring religious views about life after death. Playing the ‘Beyond Belief’ game.
Rites of passage:
- Exploring the ceremonies and events marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, the transition from childhood to adulthood, marriage, and death.
Year 9Religion and early life:
- Identifying the beliefs and action of religions when it comes to early life.
Why does God allow suffering?
- If there is a God why does suffering take place? Comparing religious/non-religious points of view.
Year 10Christian key beliefs:
● The nature of God; Creation; Afterlife
● Life of Jesus Christ; incarnation, life, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension

Theme A - Relationships and families:
● Sex, marriage and divorce
● The nature and purpose of families
● Contemporary family issues including:
same-sex parents, polygamy, roles of men and women, gender equality, prejudice and discrimination.
Buddhist key beliefs:
● Buddhist key beliefs
● The key teachings of The Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path and afterlife

Theme B: Religion and life:
● Religious and non religious views on the creation of the universe and evolution
● Ideas on the responsibility to look after the world
● Understanding attitudes about abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation.
Christian worship:
● Different forms of worship and prayer and their significance

Buddhist worship:
● Buddhist places of worship; temples shrines and monasteries; the significance of different forms of worship.
● Religious festivals and ceremonies
● Ethical teachings

Year 11Theme D - Religion, peace and conflict:
● Religious attitudes about peace and justice; violent protests; terrorism; war

Christian worship:
● The role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations
● The role of the church in the local and worldwide community; missions, Church growth, reconciliation, persecution and aid/charity
Theme E - Religion, crime and punishment:
● Ideas of good, evil and suffering.
● Understanding motivation, cause and impact of crime
● Recognising different types of crime
● Understanding different forms of punishment
Recap and revise the 2 religions and themes studied.

● Revision methods and techniques
● Completing past papers and practice questions