Key Stage 3
Year 7 Courses
- Foundations of six religions. Key facts on Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity & Islam
- When and where did the religion begin? Name the God. Name the Holy Book. Name and find out about two festivals. Draw and name the symbol(s) Is there any distinct style of dress? Name the local religious leader/teacher. Who is credited with starting the religion?
- Jesus: Man or God? Teacher! Revolutionary? Miracle man or myth?A life examined.
- Project on Islam or Sikhism: What can we learn about and from either world faith?
- People who have made a difference. People who have been motivated by their faith and religion. People who have a vocation:
- Martin Luther King
- Mother Theresa
- Helen Keller
- Elizabeth Fry
- All about Mohandas K Gandhi: Who was he? Why was he seen as The Mahatma (The great soul) and Bapu (Father of a nation)? Why and how was he a champion of nonviolence? How was he driven by his faith as a Hindu?
- Hinduism - a study from its birth over four thousand years ago to having almost a Billion followers. What can we learn about and from this world faith?
- Christianity - an overview: What is this Religion that has shaped countries, culture, history and individuals having survived 2000 years?
Foundations of Buddhism and Christianity
Create a working base in preparation for a further detailed in-depth study of both World Belief Systems studies in Years 10 & 11 at GCSE. This will cover beliefs, teachings and practices:
- The nature of God & the Trinity
- The Apostle’s Creed
- Why is there evil and suffering?
- Siddhartha Gautama’s life and story
- Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism
- Zen Buddhism and Koans
- Who, what and why am I? (The five Skandhas)
Years 10 and 11
We follow the WJEC EDUQAS Religious Studies Route A course:
Issues of Relationships
Love, marriage, family, divorce, commitment, sex, contraception, adultery, gender equality and responsibilities
Issues of Life and Death
Life: Chance or God’s plan? Creation stories, stewardship, dominion, What makes us Human? Sanctity of life. Abortion, Euthanasia. The soul and afterlife? Religious teachings about good, evil and suffering.Free will.
Issues of good and Evil
Crime and punishment.Prison reformers.The death penalty.
Issues of Human Rights
Social justice. Amnesty international and individual campaigners. Liberation. Theology. Censorship. Freedom of religious expression. Religious Extremism. Prejudice and discrimination. Racism; Martin Luther King. wealth and poverty. Christian Aid
Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings
Buddhism: Beliefs and Teachings
While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight, I'll fight to the very end.
William Booth's final speech - May 1912
(William Booth was a British Methodist preacher and founder of the Salvation Army)
Some thoughts from Reverend Stephen Griffith MBE who visited Richmond Park Academy at the end of the summer 2013 term:
I had previously taught religious studies in independent schools and was really interested in seeing what RPA would be like. I had some Year 7 classes where I responded to questions about the life of a priest and was really impressed by the breadth of questions that the young people had. More impressive were the Year 10s with whom I looked at death and funerals. They came from a wide variety of faith backgrounds and probed intelligently on a wide range of questions on the nature of faith, and some really deep questions on Christian theology, questions I would have expected from older groups. What I enjoyed was the sense of the young people probing intelligently, not seeking to score points, but to understand both what Christian belief is, and also what the reality (rather than the theory) is. Their behaviour was exemplary and their thoughts stimulated some of my sermons in church over the following weeks. I am really interested in returning, and realise how much I miss teaching.