Religious Education

Students studying in RE lessons will learn about a range of faith-specific issues and a variety of relevant and contemporary themes.

Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study.

Topics covered in Religious Education are detailed below

Topic 1-The IslandThis topic follows the fictional story of a group of people stranded on an Island. This story explores the importance and development of society and how religion and customs can also develop within it e.g. rites of passages, laws, festivals, places of worship etc. During this topic, students will also examine moral and ethical issues and will be challenged to engage with views opposite to their own.
Topic 2- Judaism This topic introduces students to the first of the three Abrahamic faiths- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Over the year students will examine how the 3 religions have developed and are linked to each other.
Topic 3- Christianity The topic explores what it means to belong to the Jewish Faith. This will include understanding how Judaism began, studying key figures within the religion (Abraham and Moses) and exploring how Jewish beliefs and laws impact on Jewish lives today. The topic also provides opportunities to consider a diverse range of views and questions about faith and the difficulties in practicing the faith in today’s world.
Topic 4- Islam This topic continues the exploration of the Abrahamic faiths. It explores what it means to belong to the Christian faith. This includes understanding how Christianity began, exploring Christian festivals, rites of passages and the life and death of Jesus and his teachings. The topic provides opportunities to consider the difficulties in practicing the faith and the diverse range of views and questions about Christianity, including beliefs about life after death and how radical Jesus was.
Topic 5 Eastern Faiths - SikhismThis topic concludes the exploration of the Abrahamic faiths and provides opportunities to consider the diverse range of views and questions about Islam. The topic considers what it means to belong to the Islamic faith. This will include understanding how Islam began, what Muslims believe about God and exploring who the Prophet Muhammad was. Students also examine the 5 Pillars of Islam and consider what it means to be a Muslim today and the difficulties in practicing the faith in contemporary society.
Topic 1- Eastern Faiths Hinduism In this topic students explores the religion of Hinduism and considers what it means to belong to this faith. This will include examining Hindu beliefs about the nature of God, Hindu goals in life and how Hindus practice their faith e.g. Diwali and Puja worship. Students will gain an insight and explore what it means to be a Hindu and consider the difficulties in practicing the faith in today’s world. The topic also provides opportunities to consider the diverse range of views and questions about Hinduism and students will also be encouraged to consider how their own beliefs impact their life.
Topic 2- Big Question: Is War Ever Acceptable?In this topic students explore various views about the ethics concerning whether war is ever acceptable. Students will examine historical and contemporary conflicts and consider whether any are justified. Students will also evaluate differing religious views and ideas including pacifism and the Just War Theory, whilst also examining whether religion is a power for peace or a cause of conflict in the world today.
Topic 3 - The Big Questions: Does God Exist and the Question of Evil and sufferingIn this topic students explore various views about the existence of God, both from the perspective of religion and atheism. Students will examine revelations and gain insight into challenging philosophical views such as the cosmological and theological arguments whilst also exploring scientific explanations.
Topic 4 -Students will also reflect and consider the problems and arguments posed by the existence of evil and suffering and how different religions respond to this, linking it to the question of whether God exists.
Topic 1- Moral and EthicsIn this topic students explore moral and ethical questions regarding contemporary animal rights issues. Students evaluate the different ways animals are used in society and whether any of these are ethical e.g. zoos, clothing (fur), sport and entertainment. Students will also examine the different religious views concerning animal rights from various sources of moral authority and consider and reflect on their own views about the different uses for animals.
Topic 2- Human Rights and Social JusticeIn this topic students explore moral and ethical issues related to our Human Rights / freedoms and responsibilities, and whether it is ever acceptable to infringe on these. Content of this topic includes examining contrasting religious and non-religious views on whether capital punishment is acceptable as well as examining the principle of utility. Students will also explore contemporary issues within society concerning different forms of discrimination (religious, racial, gender etc.), and inequalities in society over wealth and poverty. The topic will also explore and evaluate key questions that arise from the issues studied.
Topic 3Under Construction
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Topic: Christian Beliefs and Teachings – AQA Unit 1This topic involves an in-depth study of key Christian beliefs and teachings as well as Christian sources of wisdom and moral authority. This includes considering how beliefs influence the life of a Christian today as well as exploring and evaluating key questions that arise from different Christian beliefs.
Topic: Buddhist Beliefs and Teachings – AQA Unit 1Content of this topic includes beliefs about God, Creation, the Trinity as well as the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The topic also explore concepts concerning sin, salvation, atonement, life after death and the problem of evil and suffering.
Topic: Relationships and Families – AQA Unit 2This topic involves an in-depth study of key Buddhist beliefs and teachings as well as Buddhist sources of wisdom and moral authority. This includes considering how beliefs influence the life of a Buddhist today as well as exploring and evaluating key questions that arise from different Buddhist beliefs.
Topic: Religion and Life – AQA Unit 2Content of this topic includes beliefs about who the Buddha was, exploring his life and key Buddhist teachings e.g. enlightenment, the 3 marks of Existence, the 4 noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The topic also explores Buddhist philosophical concepts regarding the nature of life and existence, as well as different Buddhist denominations.
Topic: Christian Practices – AQA Unit 1This topic involves an in-depth study of moral and ethical issues concerning relationships and families and their impact and influence in the modern world. Content of this topic includes exploring similar and different religious and non-religious views on homosexual relationships, contraception, cohabitation, divorce and marriage, the nature/purpose of the family, and issue concerning gender discrimination and equality. The topic will also explore and evaluate key questions that arise from the issues studied.
Topic: Buddhist Practices – AQA Unit 1This topic involves an in-depth study of key Buddhist practices as well as Buddhist sources of wisdom and moral authority. This includes examining different ways Buddhists will practice their faith and the reasons why they do this, exploring their importance, as well as evaluating key questions that arise from different Buddhist practices.
Topic: Religion Peace and Conflict – AQA Unit 2Content of this topic includes examining different places and ways of worship, meditation, rituals, festivals and how Buddhists put their faith in action e.g. helping others and the 5 Moral Precepts.
Topic: Crime and Punishment – AQA Unit 2This topic involves an in-depth study of moral and ethical issues concerning peace and conflict, and its impact and influence in the modern world. Content of this topic includes exploring similar and different religious and non-religious views on violent protest, terrorism, reasons for war, weapons of mass destruction, pacifism and the Just War Theory. The topic will also explore and evaluate key questions that arise from the issues studied.
GCSE RevisionThis topic involves an in-depth study of moral and ethical issues concerning crime and punishment and its impact and influence in the modern world. Content of this topic includes exploring similar and different religious and non-religious views on reasons for crime, law and order, the aims of punishment, the different types of punishment (community service, prison, death penalty) and issues concerning forgiveness and suffering. The topic will also explore and evaluate key questions that arise from the issues studied.

For more information about Religious Education in the Curriculum contact the Head of Faculty – Sonia Pope. Email  spope@roundhill.bepschools.org