Philosophy and Ethics / Religious Studies

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Subject Leaders: P Firth

Subject Team: N Dulson, F Wedd and M Dennis

General Subject Statement:

Philosophy and Ethics involves the exploration of wide ranging topics and their effect on the human race.  We explore the beliefs held by a variety of people and how these beliefs impact on the daily lives of communities.  Experiences common to most of us are visited, origins of practice investigated, influences on behaviour identified and benefits to individuals/communities celebrated.  Why humans behave as they do and the consequences of decisions made in daily lives are at the heart of our lessons.
Religious Studies (GCSE) looks in detail at the beliefs, teachings and practices of Islam and Christianity.  Those are then applied to a variety of topics – what do religious communities teach about these topics and how do religious believers interpret holy texts in context of the topics?  Students are encouraged to question, explore, investigate and compare in each topic, to ensure a thorough understanding of all content.

Year and Term Scheme of WorkBrief Description
Year 7 Term 1Beliefs and ConceptsStudents will explore the concept of God within Christianity. They will then examine the concept of a religion without a God by exploring at Buddhism.
Year 7 Term 2Rights and ResponsibilitiesStudents will look at Human Rights and explore how significant figures within religion helped support human rights around the world.
Students will explore Christianity and Sikhism.
Year 7 Term 3SpiritualityStudents will explore how the 6 major world religions use artwork to express spirituality. Students will then produce a piece of work that they can enter into the NATRE Spirited Arts competition.
Year 8 Term 1EqualityLooking at events that have discriminated against people specifically to do with religion. During this module student will look into the Holocaust and the Caste System. Students will explore Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism.
Year 8 Term 2Science and ReligionStudents will look at creation and evolution and how they can work together and against each other. Students will then look at some medical ethics and how religion can support or contradict modern medical breakthroughs. Students will explore Christianity, scientific viewpoints, Humanism and Buddhism.
Year 8 Term 3AuthorityStudents will explore where religions get their authority from. Students will explore Christianity and Islam.

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Core Philosophy and Ethics

All student will do core Philosophy and Ethics. Currently we are remodelling core, so these modules may not be what students complete during the year.

Year 9 Rot 1Morality
Year 9 Rot 2Treatment of Animals
Year 9 Rot 3Multicultural Britain
Year 9 Rot 4What is Terrorism?
Year 10 Rot 1Medical Ethics
Year 10 Rot 2Human Relationships
Year 10 Rot 3Media and Religion
Year 10 Rot 4Hinduism
Year 11 Rot 1Life after Death
Year 11 Rot 2Festivals
Year 11 Rot 3Citizenship
Year 11 Rot 4Study Leave?

KS4 – GCSE Option – years 9 – 11

AQA 8062 Syllabus A – full course GCSE – samples of work and supportive material can be found on the AQA website:

Students will sit two exams, Paper 1 dealing with “Beliefs and Teachings” and “Practices”, Paper 2 dealing with the four “Thematic Studies” selected. Each exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes.   Our lessons will give the students the opportunity to debate and discuss, write, watch relevant clips and film shorts, and to produce detailed investigation work on the various themes or aspects of, to enhance their learning.  50% of the examination requires students to know and understand religion and belief systems and 50% requires the students to analyse and evaluate aspects of religious belief.

Year 9 Term 1Christianity: Beliefs and Teaching
Year 9 Term 2The Existence of God and Revelation
Year 9 Term 3Christian Practices
Year 10 Term 1Islam: Beliefs and Teachings
Year 10 Term 2Religion, Peace and Conflict
Year 10 Term 3Islam: Practices
Year 11 Term 1Religion, Crime and Punishment
Year 11 Term 2Religion and Life
Year 11 Term 3Revision

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Curriculum Intent Organisers:

To set out the intent of our curriculum for each subject and each unit of knowledge, we produce Curriculum Intent Organisers (CIOs). The following links lead to the CIO section of our website where this intent can be explored by year group:

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Year 8 –

Year 9 –

Year 10 –

Upcoming Events

  • Summer Holidays 23/07/2021 at 12:30 pm – 08/09/2021 at 8:30 am Summer Holidays2021-07-26T00:00:00Z2021-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • First Day of Term (Years 7 & 12) 08/09/2021
  • First Day of Term (Whole School) 09/09/2021

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