Objectives in religious studies
The aim of the Religious Studies curriculum, is to enable students to continue to develop their understanding and tolerance of a variety of different faiths and cultures. Our Religious Studies curriculum is underpinned by four key questions which are re-visited systematically by students during their time at Ibstock:
- How should we treat one another?
- How does religion affect the community?
- What happens after death?
- How do people express their faith?
The Religious Studies curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable students to apply the knowledge they have gained to a variety of different scenarios.
During year 7, students build a foundation of knowledge about religious beliefs and practices and look at the local impact of religion by studying the following units:
- Christian and Muslim beliefs – students spend a half term learning the similarities and differences between Christian and Muslim beliefs.
- The Parish Church – a half term long case study of St Denys Church, Ibstock.
- Is Anybody There? – an exploration of different beliefs about God, including atheism, theism and agnosticism.
- Worship – how people of different faiths worship, other than through prayer.
- Religious Celebrations – the final term of year 7 is spent studying different religious celebrations, and deciding whether or not happiness should be the purpose of life.
During year 8, students will continue to build upon their knowledge of religious beliefs and practices, whilst beginning to think philosophically. They study the following units:
- Prejudice and Equality – students examine inequality in society and the impact of religion upon this.
- Spirituality – ways in which spirituality can be expressed are explored, including art work, music and hobbies.
- The Life of Jesus – students spend a half term learning about the life of Jesus and the impact upon Christianity.
- Good and Evil – the concept of suffering is examined, and students will explore ideas about different types of suffering and why suffering exists.
- Life After Death Throughout History – the final term of year 8 is spent comparing views about life after death from a range of religions, both modern and ancient.
During year 9 students will begin to examine more mature and complex philosophical issues. They will study the following units:
- Medical Ethics – students examine the moral complexities and religious and cultural beliefs about a range of medical issues such as IVF, abortion, blood transfusion, organ donation, euthanasia and plastic surgery.
- Animals – the ways in which animals are used in our society, and how people of different faiths may feel about this.
- Relationships – how relationships are affected by religion, including belonging to a faith and the LGBTQ+ community.
- War and Peace – the impact of religion upon conflict, and religious perspectives about war and peace.
- Women in Religion – the role of women in different religions and how far gender equality is important to religion.
- Religion in the Community – the local impact of religion.