In Year 9, students are taught for 2 hours per week. They study a unit on Religion and Morality, and discover where different religions get their key beliefs and how these beliefs influence behaviour; students are given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to current events. The learning of key teachings and quotes is designed to support their journey through into GCSE where they will be expected to know and be able to explain a range of religious teachings and beliefs. We also complete a unit on PSHE and cover drugs, alcohol, relationships and religious attitudes towards them. At the beginning of the spring term, students start their Religious Studies GCSE and continue that into Year 10 and 11.
Students will start, in Year 9, with a unit on Living the Muslim Life, which will involve learning about the five pillars and the practice of them around the world and how Sunni and Shi'a Muslims practice them differently.
We then move to a unit on Living the Christian Life, which will cover different forms of Christian Worship and attitudes towards missionary work, the church locally, nationally and in the future and the sacraments and their role in church life.
Within the Muslim Beliefs unit there will be study of the six main articles of faith, the different denominations and practices within Islam and key festivals. Within the Christian faith, we look at the key beliefs of Christianity, both in the UK and across the world, and the key beliefs of Christianity including the Nicene Creed, the Trinity and the life of Jesus.
Religion and morality
Living the Muslim life
Living the Christian life
These units will be tested with both homework set on Show my Homework and in class assessments.