Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1Who was Jesus?  
Students will explore who Jesus was. They will analyse the portrayal of Jesus from the Gospels to construct their own understanding of Jesus. They will analyse His relationship with His disciples and the practises and teachings He encouraged them to spread worldwide.
Assessment: Students will create a fact file that sums up the person of Jesus. They will use their understanding of Jesus’ character to write about Him. They will explain whether or not they believe Jesus was a liar, lunatic or Lord.Key Words and Terms
Term 2What is the history of the Church?  
Students study the development of Christianity from Pentecost to modern day. They explore the origins of the religion, the early Christians, the importance of The Reformation and the Christian community around the world.
Assessment: Students will answer a GCSE style question considering, who were the key figures in the reformation of the church. They will consider characters such as Martin Luther, the Pope, Henry the VIII, Thomas Cranmer, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Who is God?   
Students study a range of classical Theological and Philosophical arguments for the existence of God. In addition they will analyse the concept of the Trinity and assess how Christians see and experience God in the world around us. Once students have explored classical and modern arguments for the existence of God they will look at counter-arguments, such as The Problem of Suffering.
Assessment: Students will write an essay discussing the problem of Evil. Arguments should be well balanced; they must consider both the arguments for the existence of God and the counter arguments.Key Words and Terms
Term 4How do Christians make moral choices?   
Students begin to specifically look at Ethical dilemmas and Christian responses to them. Students will explore the sources of Christian decision making and analyse these sources for authority and legitimacy.
Assessment: Students will create Christian inspired laws to aid modern day Christians when making moral decisions. Students will be assessed on their ability to explain the reasons behind their laws, analyse Biblical text to support their laws and link them to key Christian teachings.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Why is there religious conflict?   
This topic is designed to allow students to reflect on religious conflicts that have changed the course of a religion and impacted the world, and to expel the myths and preconceptions associated with religious violence and acts of terror. Students will study historic religious massacres and genocides and conclude by studying the terror attacks we see today. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of important religious text to analyse whether or not the actions of individuals truly reflect religious doctrine.
Assessment: Students will write and deliver an inspiring speech using the methods of a peaceful protester to argue against the development of further religious conflicts. They will use recent and historic religious conflicts to highlight the danger and hypocrisy associated with religious conflict.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Religion and Life   
Students begin their GCSE by exploring ‘The Right to Life’. They will study Christian and Islamic teachings that underpin a wealth of ethical dilemmas (such as the sanctity of life). Students will then consider how the choice to abort a pregnancy or end the suffering of a terminally ill person can be supported or dismissed using Christian and Islamic teachings.
Assessment: Students will complete a 12 mark GCSE questions on Abortion using the correct GCSE format. Students will most likely complete the end of unit GCSE exam during Term 1 of year 10.Key Words and Terms