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 understanding of the 5 main religions, they will put these theological understanding into practice. They will examine religious and non-religious perspectives on contemporary issues such as, criminal law, medical ethics and animal rights. This will begin to reach them where their own ethical opinions come from, beginning to understand their own views on the worked around them. The curriculum is designed for students to use their knowledge of RS to build and develop skills such as critical thinking, analysis of evidence and reasoning.  We want our students at Trinity Academy Bradford 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?
  • Why was God needed on Earth?
  • 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 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.  Regular knowledge recall will take place at the beginning of every lesson.

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?

  • 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 assessed 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.  Regular knowledge recall will take place at the beginning of every lesson.

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

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

Career Links

Journalist, festival coordinator, environmentalist, spiritual advisor, probation officer, police officer, food bank coordinator

What will I be studying?

  • Does God exist?
  • What is Ethics?
  • How are ethical theories applied?
  • Should we decide who lives and who dies?
  • What is Justice?
  • What happened after Abraham?

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed 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.  Regular knowledge recall will take place at the beginning of every lesson.

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9khfrd

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Career links

NHS ethical advisor, climate change advisor, HR manager, CEO, military personnel

What will I be studying?

Short Course Religious Studies students will study:

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Theme A: Relationships and Families
  • Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict

How will I be assessed?

Short Course students will be assessed across one 1 hour 35 minute GCSE paper.

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