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    Philosophy

    Department Aims and Philosophy

    Teaching within the Humanities lesson provides our students with opportunities for discussion, debate and thought about the world we live in, and will broaden their understanding of people from all kinds of background and viewpoints. Our lessons provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Humanities:

    • Allows students to explore their own beliefs and questions of meaning
    • Encourages students to learn from different religions and beliefs
    • Challenges students to enquire into, consider, analyse, evaluate and apply issues of truth
    • Enables students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, especially those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own

    Key Stage 3

    Curriculum Model

    In key stage 3 students spend the first two years analysing the six major traditions and considering how important religion really is to people today. They will consider some of the effects of living in a society with diverse values and beliefs. In year 9 students will begin to take a much more philosophical approach, considering some of the ‘Big Questions’ that have affected people over the years. Students will build on their creative, literary, group and discussion skills.

     

    Year 7

    Year 8

    Year 9

    Autumn

    Term 1

    • What is Humanities?
    • Alien project
    • Hinduism:
    • Concept – Reincarnation
    • Spiritual Art

    Autumn

    Term 2

    • Alien presentations
    • Christianity
    • Concept: Forgiveness
    • Hinduism:
    • Concept – Reincarnation
    • Buddhism
    • Concept – Suffering
    • Mortal questions

    Spring

    Term 1

    • Christianity
    • Concept: Forgiveness
    • Islam
    • Concept: Submission
    • Buddhism
    • Concept – Suffering
    • Sikhism
    • Concept – Suffering
    • Free will
    • Determinism

    Spring

    Term 2

    • Islam
    • Concept: Submission
    • Sikhism
    • Concept – Suffering
    • Ghosts spirits and demons

    Summer

    Term 1

    • Judaism:
    • Concept: Covenant
    • Alternative religions
    • Concept – Enquiry based personal learning
    • Miracles

    Summer

    Term 2

    • Judaism:
    • Concept: Covenant
    • Alternative religions
    • Concept – Enquiry based personal learning
    • Does God exist?

    Key Stage 4

    The Philosophy and Ethics GCSE is a modular course comprising of two units. These units focus on the contemporary, moral and ethical dilemmas facing people in all walks of life today. Through these topics we will not only explore students’ beliefs and values but look to challenge them in to what they believe and why they believe it.

    Students follow the AQA syllabus “Religious Studies”.  Please see the attachment below to view the syllabus.

    Our students develop an in-depth awareness and understanding of the people around them and the multicultural world in which they live. Furthermore, it has links across the curriculum, for example, with ethical understanding, environmental education and citizenship. As such, it is a useful course for any future career path.

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    The department runs after school GCSE courses to allow students access to additional qualifications. Students are also given opportunities for enhancement sessions after school to ensure that all pupils are making the best possible progress. There is additional support and boosters on the VLE to support work and stimulate higher order thinking; some of this is directly linked to the GCSE qualification, some of it is to support skills and boost confidence.

    How can I support my child's learning?

    You can support your child's learning by using various religious works apps there are many free apps available that can assist with religious teachings. AQA also have a revision book available for the course which is very interactive and will both support and enhance progress in the subject. The department runs enhancement sessions after school to give students more intensive support or intervention your support in this would be greatly appreciated. Finally a lot of the topics are very contentious, it is very helpful to encourage students to discuss these ideas at home to allow them to explore their own understanding.

    1. AQA Syllabus Religious Studies