Religious Studies

Year 7

  1. The Community
    We start with pupil’s own experience of religion and religious places in our Community.  We visit various places of worship close to the school.
    The assessment is a research project on the youngster’s own community.
  2. Significant People
    This module stresses the importance of certain people in the lives of the pupils – for example family and friends.  Pupils are also encourages to think of others such as the disabled, Developing World Citizens and religious and political leaders as people who may also be significant to themselves or others in our society.
    An assessment task is set to research the life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
  3. Buddhism
    This is an introduction to Buddhism.  We cover the Life of the Buddha – where the religion began, the culture it grew out of and the very different views of life in Eastern religions.
    We cover some basic teaching of Buddhism: The Law of Karma, The Eightfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
    The assessment for this module is for pupils to produce a powerpoint on the life of the Buddha and his teachings.

Year 8

  1. Promises, Covenants and Laws
    We look at the promises and laws of Judaism and Christianity and how they plan important part in our lives today.  We also look at unjust rules in the world e.g. apartheid in South Africa.
    The assessment is a test.
  2. Jerusalem and Pilgrimage
    We look at Jerusalem’s origins as a holy city – how it is a place of pilgrimage for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  We also look at other places of pilgrimage – Lourdes, Masada and Mecca
    The assessment is a project on Jerusalem.
  3. Festival of Light
    We discuss the importance of light in our everyday lives and how light has come to symbolise good in religions.  We study Christmas, Easter, Channukah and Divali to see how light is used by different religions in their festivals.
    The assessment is a short project and a test.

Year 9

In Year 9 we look at the history, practices and beliefs of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

During the course we visit the Synagogue and Mosque in Cardiff and meet the leaders of their communities.

GCSE

We will be following a WJEC course—Religion and Life Issues.

There are five units we have to complete:

  1. Our World
  2. Is it Fair
  3. Looking for Meaning
  4. Relationships

In all the modules the examiners will be looking for three skills:

  1. Knowledge – you must be able to recall, select, organise and use your knowledge of the course content.
  2. Understanding – you must be able to describe how someone’s religious beliefs affect the way they live e.g. dress or what they are allowed to eat.
  3. Evaluation – evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues. e.g. “Believing in creation stories is not possible in our modern scientific world”.

We will be looking at the religious beliefs of Christians and Muslims (Islam) throughout the 5 units.

We will NOT be doing course work, we will be sitting an examination on all Five Units in June 2010. The exam is 1 hour 50 minutes and will give you a GCSE Short Course qualification.

We had brilliant results following this course last year and next year’s will be!!

A-Level

Levels offered:                 AS  A2
Examination Board         WJEC
Entry Requirements       Grade C or above at GCSE

Content of Course:

AS LEVEL

The course is divided into 2 units:

Buddhism:        Subject Content
The four noble truths, the wheel of life, the three marks of existence.
The Noble Eight Fold path and monasticism.
The Buddhist practices of puja and meditation.

Judaism:            Subject Content
Key Beliefs and Practices
Holy days, Sabbath and Festivals
Family Life – the roles of home and Synagogue.

Assessment:

  • One externally assessed paper of 1hour 15 minutes for each of the assessment units.
  • Two structured questions from a choice of four.
  • Examinations to be sat in January and June.

A2 LEVEL

Two modules:   A further development of Buddhism, Judaism and a synoptic question on both modules.

There will be an assessment on each of these. Two papers of 1 hour each.We will be following a WJEC course—Religion and Life Issues.

There are five units we have to complete:

  1. Our World
  2. Is it Fair
  3. Looking for Meaning
  4. Relationships

In all the modules the examiners will be looking for three skills:

  1. Knowledge – you must be able to recall, select, organise and use your knowledge of the course content.
  2. Understanding – you must be able to describe how someone’s religious beliefs affect the way they live e.g. dress or what they are allowed to eat.
  3. Evaluation – evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues. e.g. “Believing in creation stories is not possible in our modern scientific world”.

We will be looking at the religious beliefs of Christians and Muslims (Islam) throughout the 5 units.

We will NOT be doing course work, we will be sitting an examination on all Five Units in June 2010. The exam is 1 hour 50 minutes and will give you a GCSE Short Course qualification.

We had brilliant results following this course last year and next year’s will be!!