KS3 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area
At KS3 Ethics and Philosophy will be split into 2 foci.
Focus 1: I lesson a week over the 2 week timetable: enquiry/theme based learning in line with Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus. Covering 5 major religions, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Covering the concepts of:
2. Expression and Celebration
3. Living and Belonging
4. The Search for Meaning and Purpose
Developing skills of Investigation, Interpretation, Analysis, Explanation, Synthesis, Reflection, Evaluation and Empathy.
Focus 2: 1 lesson week over the 2 week timetable will be current affairs based, reacting to events in the News.
Considering the overarching concepts of:
1. Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)
2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings)
3. A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)
4. Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings)
5. Diversity and equality (in all its forms)
6. Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
7. Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
8. Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
9. Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)
Developing the core skills of:
• The intrapersonal skills required for self-management
• The interpersonal skills required for positive relationships in a wide variety of settings
• Skills of enquiry
Covering the core themes of:
Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world.
Organisation of the KS3 curriculum and how students are assessed (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings.
Students will be assessed ½ termly on the core RE element of Ethics and Philosophy this will be in the form of exam style questions – developing their exam technique from the start.
Sources of information that may be useful
Worcester Agreed Syllabus
BBC Bitesize KS3
KS4 Overview -repeated for each GCSE in the department and each year
From September 2017
Please be clear if there is a different course for year 10 and year 11
Subject title, board and syllabus code
AQA Religious Studies (A) 8062
KS4 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS4 teaching in the subject area
Students are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.
Students also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills help prepare them for further study.
In Route A students must answer questions on two specified religions in Component 1A Christianity and Islam and four from six religious, philosophical and
ethical studies themes in Component 2A, Religion and Life (B), Religion, peace and conflict (D), Religion, crime and punishment (E) and Religion, human rights and social justice (F).
Christianity – beliefs, teachings and practices
Islam – beliefs, teachings and practice
Theme B – Religion and life –
• The origins and value of the universe
• The origins and value of human life
Theme D – Religion, peace and conflict –
• Religion, violence, terrorism and war
• Religion and belief in 21st century conflict
Theme E – Religion, crime and punishment –
• Religion, crime and the causes of crime
• Religion and punishment
Theme F – Religion, human rights and social justice
• Human rights
• Wealth and poverty
Organisation of the KS4 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)
Students are timetabled Ethics and Philosophy 4x fortnight.
Christianity beliefs and teachings
Theme B – Religion and Life
Theme D – Religion, Peace and Conflict
Islam beliefs and teachings
Theme E – Religion, Crime and Punishment
Theme F – Religion, Human Rights and Justice
Students are assessed regularly for progress over the year.
This is a linear course with 2 examination papers.
Sources of information that may be useful