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?’
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.
Does religion help people to be good?
Thinking about the religious codes people live by or the ideas of what makes people ‘good’.
Does religion help people to be good?
Thinking about the religious codes people live by or the ideas of what makes people ‘good’.
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.
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:
– Looking at the idea of God and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Relationships and families:
– Looking at sexuality, marriage, contraception and divorce.
Buddhist key beliefs:
– Buddha’s life and teachings, the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path.

Religion and life:
– Looking at the origin of the universe and how our environment is treated, animal experimentation, sanctity and quality of life, abortion, euthanasia, death and afterlife.
Christian worship:
– Prayer and worship, understanding pilgrimage and different denominations.

Buddhist worship:
- Prayer and worship, and different denominations beliefs.
Year 11Religion, peace and conflict:
– Understanding the idea of peace and justice, violent and non-violent protests, terrorism, different types of war and pacifism.

Christian worship:
– The role of the Church worldwide, charities and reconciliation.
Religion crime and punishment:
– Understanding the idea of evil and suffering, religious views about those that break the law and different types of crimes, considering how people should be punished.
Recap and revise the 2 religions and themes studied.