EPR- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion Big questions? Little questions?
Life is uncertain. We wonder what might happen tomorrow, next week or even in the rest of our lives. In RE we find out about how other people live their lives, what is important to their lives and how it can effect and shape our own lives and thinking.
We do this through KS3 and KS4 by:
Identify the impact of religion on the individual, within the community and globally.
Express ideas about possible consequences of belonging to a religion.
Year 7- we look at our world and how we can create better community cohesion. We also investigate the history, beliefs and customs of Islam. In the summer term students identify Hindu beliefs about death and rebirth, describe the concepts/ideas of Karma, Samsara and Moksha.
Year 8- Look at the lives of Sikhs and explore the issues and benefits that a multi faith society has in the UK. We explore the history of Buddhism and experience some basic meditation techniques. In the summer term students look at the life of Jesus and the influence of Christian teachings in the modern world.
Year9- Students will study the life and times of Judaism which is the supporting religion in the new GCSE course. Students will also look at the political structure of the UK particularly poignant in the present climate and complete projects titled ‘Who am I’ and Multiculturalism.
KS4- Students currently follow the Edexcel GCSE Religious studies syllabus Unit 1 Religion and Life and Unit 8 Religion and Society.
From September 2016 the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies course will be changing in light of government reforms.
GCSE Religious Studies-
The new GCSE Religious Studies course has been developed to reflect the demands of a truly modern and evolving religious studies environment. This new GCSE course will allow students to apply a wide range of concepts allowing them to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religions and world views they will encounter.
We look at familiar topics such as Ethics, Philosophy, peace and conflict, marriage and the family, crime and punishment and matters of life and death. The two religions we use to explore these topics are Christianity and Judaism which allow students to develop knowledge and understanding to articulate their own and others beliefs’, values and commitments.
Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well- informed and reasoned arguments that will support their ability to progress to A level study.