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PRS in the KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 students 

A broad introduction into philosophy and different religions - developing a key understanding of these beliefs in preparation for GCSE - the whole cohort take GCSE (AQA) full course with the focus on Christianity and Islam.

Year 8 students study:

  • What are values and where do our values come from? Application of ethical theories to ethical dilemmas
  • Key beliefs and driving principles within Christianity, Islam and humanism
  • Philosophical approaches to evil and suffering including religious responses
  • Religious responses to medical ethics - IVF, designer babies, euthanasia, organ donation
  • How UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) came about, focus on key human rights with reference to current news events
  • How religions have been interpreted by individuals to cause war, terrorism, radicalisation, why this happens
  • How these  religions respond to such events, through reading sources of wisdom and authority
  • If religions and humanists promote peace how can this message be spread effectively?
  • Evaluation of key question: is religion a source of peace or conflict?

Year 9 Students

GCSE teaching starts in Year 9 using the skills embedded in Years 7 and 8.

Philosophy and Religious Studies 2018-19

2018-19 Year 7 Year 8
Autumn 1

Ultimate Questions

What is truth, what are the arguments for/against God God,what are the arguments for/against  miracles, what makes us human, humans v animals)

Values and Ethics

(Natural Law, Utilitarianism, Kant and Christian ethics)

Autumn 2

The Big Story

(through Bible texts and art)

Evil and Suffering

(including religious responses,  the Holocaust and Corrie Ten Boom)

Spring 1 Big Story/Introduction to Islam Evil and Suffering
Spring 2 Introduction to Islam

Human Rights

(right to education, freedom of expression, right to safe place to live,modern day slavery, privacy etc)

Summer 1

Hinduism

(inc trip to Hindu mandir, Neasden)

Applied Ethics

(focus on Christian and Muslim views)

Summer 2

Humanism and Buddhism

Is Religion a source of Peace or Conflict?

A sample of KS3 lesson plan: 

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