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|
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)
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||
(right to education, freedom of expression, right to safe place to live,modern day slavery, privacy etc)
(inc trip to Hindu mandir, Neasden)
(focus on Christian and Muslim views)
Humanism and Buddhism
|Is Religion a source of Peace or Conflict?|
A sample of KS3 lesson plan: