The Subject Way
Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:
Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.
It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.
At Wickersley Partnership Trust (Secondary) our RE curriculum is designed to allow students to understand a range of worldviews (both religious and non-religious) and develop the ability to articulate and justify their own ideas both verbally and in writing. Across KS3 RE students develop both Knowledge and Understanding and Personal Opinion and Debate skills. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the main beliefs and practices of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. They also have an opportunity to study religions by focusing on themes, such as the media and life after death.
Autumn Term- Christianity
Within this topic students will engage with census data in relation to their local area to understand the concept of multi-faith societies. Students will understand the characteristics Christians attribute to God and any challenges that could be raised against these. Students will understand divergent Christian beliefs about the creation of the universe and evidence put forward to support scientific ideas about the creation of the universe (i.e. the Big Bang theory). Students will consider the role and significance of the Bible as a source of authority for Christians today.
Spring Term- Islam
Within this topic students will gain an understanding of the link between Christianity and Islam as Abrahamic religions. Students will understand similarities and differences between Christian and Muslim views on the Prophet Jesus/Isa. Students will also gain an understanding of key Islamic beliefs and how these influence the daily lives of Muslims, for example The Five Pillars of Islam. Students will also gain an understanding of difference within Islam by learning about divergent groups. Finally, students will understand and consider the ethical implications of halal food laws and their similarity to kosher food laws within Judaism.
Summer Term- Sikhism
Within this topic students will also gain an understanding of how Sikhism began as a religion, key Sikh beliefs and how these influence the daily lives of Sikhs, for example the 5 Ks for Khalsa Sikhs. Students will understand and consider the role of sewa (selfless service) within Sikhism. Students will develop their personal opinion and debate skills by considering a range of debate questions linked to the topic of study.
Drop down day – Year 7 students will learn about the places of worship for two of the major world religions.
Autumn Term- Buddhism
Within this topic students will gain an understanding of an atheistic religion – a religion with no god. Students will understand key Buddhist beliefs, for example, karma and reincarnation and develop the ability to successfully articulate their own opinions on these beliefs and the evidence presented by Buddhists to support them. Additionally, students will understand how Buddhist beliefs are shown within Buddhist practice for example, meditation. Students will learn about divergent views within Buddhism for example how the life of a Buddhist monk/nun may differ from that of a Lay Buddhist.
Spring Term- Religion In The Media
Within this topic students will understand what the media is, different examples of the media and consider potential issues with using different media outlets as a source of information. Students will then consider different religious themes/beliefs/events that have been portrayed within the media; throughout this topic students will be developing their personal opinion and debate skills by considering if in their opinion there should be freedom of the press or if some religious ideas should be censored within the media.
Summer Term- Life After Death
Within this topic students will understand a range of different beliefs about life after death and the evidence provided to support these beliefs. Students will consider both religious and non-religious ideas that both support and reject belief in an afterlife. Students will develop their personal opinion and debate skills whilst consider paranormal acitvitiy, Christian, Muslim and Humanist beliefs as part of this topic.
Drop down day – Year 8 students will learn about the places of worship for two of the major world religions.
YEAR 9 Core RE
Across Year 9 students will engage with a variety of religious, philosophical and ethical ideas. For instance, students will consider what is good/bad, what should be a source of authority to guide human behaviour, the ethics of using animals in sport, divergent religious beliefs about same-sex marriage, the purpose of punishment, if capital punishment is ever acceptable, the origins of human beings (scientific and religious ideas). Across the course of the year students will be developing their
Drop down day – Interfaith ideas on the ethical issue of climate change.
YEAR 9 RS within the Option Suites
If students opt to study Social Science & Ethics or Global Citizens suite of subjects they will experience a foundation course for GCSE Religious Studies. Within these suites of subjects students will develop an understanding of the skills required for the GCSE course by covering some foundational topics such as Belief in a god, Religion and gender and Rites of passage.
YEAR 10 & 11
If selected as an option students in Year 10 and 11 complete the new Edexcel (Pearson) GCSE B course. The course involves an in-depth study of Christianity for Paper 1, to be studied in Year 10. This has units on Marriage and Family, Beliefs, Practices and Matters of Life and Death. Following on from this, In Year 11 students study Islam for Paper 2; this has units on Beliefs, Crime and punishment, Living the Muslim Life & Peace and Conflict.
Both papers require students to demonstrate a thorough Knowledge and Understanding of religion and belief and an ability to debate. Both papers will be sat at the end of Year 11.
Our Subjects at KS4