CURRICULUM

Religious Education

RE Curriculum Intent

Religious Education develops students’ religious literacy, in preparation for taking their place in a diverse and ever-changing world. Students are equipped with a secure foundation in theology – the systematic study of religious beliefs – and how to apply this to explore philosophy, examining moral issues and considering what is reasonable to believe. 

Theology and Philosophy provide our students with multiple critical lenses through which to investigate religion, world events, and the impact on both their local community and wider world. 

Key STRANDS

Abrahamic Faiths

Students will study all three dharmic faiths throughout RE at Horizon Community College, within KS3 they will study the origins of Abrahamic faiths moving onto looking at religious practices within Christianity and Islam. Students will also work on the ability to apply these faiths to ethical issues and consider the differences within religious attitudes. 

At GCSE students will focus on Christianity and Islam, student will delve deeper into religious beliefs and practices and look at how these beliefs and practices can differ between different religious denominations.

Students will focus on Hinduism (Hindi) within Y8, during this they will look at Hinduism (Hindi) through holy texts and stories. Focusing on the religious practices and beliefs that shape the religion. Students will then apply these religious beliefs to ethical issues, considering the difference of opinion that appears with a religion. 

Dharmic faiths

Home & Town

This strand is introduced in year 8 to tie in with students gaining more independence as young teenagers. Students will be able to describe their own towns alongside learning about Francophone towns and cities; map skills, climate, landmarks, traditions, and ways of life, allowing students to understand the differences between cultures and thus able to celebrate diversity. As students develop their grammatical skills, in KS4, this strand develops into raising aspirations for the future, looking at where they would like to visit or live in the future and comparing towns characteristics.

Within RE at Horizon Community College, students will look at ethical issues. These are the ethical issues that are apparent to modern Britain today and effect the wider religious and non-religious communities. Students will apply both religious and non-religious attitudes to these topics, with the opportunity to express their own beliefs and opinions.

Ethical issues

Key Skills

Evaluation

Students can analyse and come to a critical judgement on a source, opinion statement or view. This allows students to consider the validity or strength of an argument, and reach their own conclusions using evidence to support their critical analysis.

Students can explain how religious beliefs and teachings influence the life of a religious believer, clearly linking these influences too the impact this has for the believer. Students can reference religious scripture within their response and articulate how the scripture is linked to the influence.

INFLUENCE

Explanation

Students can explain religious beliefs and practices, with reference to their foundations within faith

Curriculum Structure

We follow a Mixed curriculum structure. Students follow a spiral curriculum in years 7-9, before shifting to an interleaved model for GCSE in year 10 and 11.

Year 7

Abrahamic Faiths
Content
Students are introduced to Abrahamic Faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) and will learn key beliefs in all three faiths. Students will study the beginning of creation then progress through the key beliefs shared in all faiths including the beginning of the holy texts and religious figures.
Skills
Students are working on: Independently giving a simple explanation for religious, beliefs, practices, and source of authority.

Using specialist vocabulary to support writing.

TOPIC 1
How does a religious believer practice their faith?
Content
Students will continue to look at Abrahamic faiths focusing on Christianity and Islam. Students will look at the differences within faith on religious practices and where and why these differences occur.
Skills
Students are working on: Independently giving a detailed explanation for religious, beliefs, practices, and source of authority.

Using specialist vocabulary to support writing.

Topic 2
What does it mean to forgive?
Content
Students will continue to look at Abrahamic faiths concentrating on Christianity and Judaism. Students will be looking at the theme of 'forgiveness' looking at contrasting attitudes within religion to forgiveness. Students will look at topics such as can some actions ever truly be forgiven and forgiveness as a religious duty.
Skills
Students are working on:

Independently giving a detailed explanation for religious, beliefs, practices, and source of authority.

Explaining how a religious belief can influence a religious believer.

Selecting the correct evidence and key terminology to strengthen arguments.

Topic 3

Year 8

Dharmic Faith- Hindi
Content -
This unit will introduce students to dharmic faith, students will be studying Hinduism in depth. Students will cover an introduction to Hinduism looking at the beginnings of Hinduism, the creation story and progressing onto marriage and death customs.
Skills -
Students are working on:

Independently giving a detailed explanation for religious, beliefs, practices and source of authority.

Explaining how a religious belief can influence a religious believer.

Applying simple scriptural evidence to strengthen arguments.

TOPIC 1
Evil and suffering
Content
In this unit students will study evil and suffering focusing on Christian and Hindu views. Students will use their knowledge from their previous units to study topics such as why do we suffer? And the problem of evil?
Skills
Students are working on:

Independently giving a detailed explanation for religious, beliefs, practices, and source of authority.

Explaining how a religious belief can influence a religious believer.

Applying simple scriptural evidence to strengthen arguments.

Topic 2
Faith in Action
Content
In this unit students will look at 'faith in action' in this unit they will look at religious role models and consider the impact these people have had on society and the lives of the religious believer.
Skills
Students are working on:

Independently giving a detailed explanation for religious, beliefs, practices, and source of authority.

Explaining how a religious belief can influence a religious believer.

Applying simple scriptural evidence to strengthen arguments.

Can give a consideration of different points of view, including differing religious perspectives.

Topic 3

Year 9

Medical Ethics
Content -
In this unit students will be studying medical ethics whilst applying religious beliefs to big questions such as: is the death penalty, ever right? Should genetic engineering ever be undertaken? Students will critically evaluate big questions applying their own beliefs and those of religious believers.
Skills -
Students are working on:

Independently give consistent and accurate detailed explanations for religious beliefs, practices and sources of authority.

Independently selecting the correct scriptural evidence.

Independently give accurate detailed explanations for the way’s beliefs influence religious believers today.

Independently give a personal perspective supported by evidence reaching a justified conclusion.

TOPIC 1
Peace, Justice, and the prophet
Content
In this unit students will develop their knowledge of Islam further looking at the role of prophethood in Islam. Students will study the lives of Prophet Adam, Ibrahim and Muhammad. Looking at the impact each prophet had throughout their life.
Skills
Students are working on:

Independently give consistent and accurate detailed explanations for religious beliefs, practices and sources of authority.

Independently selecting the correct scriptural evidence.

Independently give accurate detailed explanations for the way’s beliefs influence religious believers today.

Independently give a personal perspective supported by evidence reaching a justified conclusion.

Topic 2
Theme D Religion, Peace and Conflict
Content
In this unit students will begin studying their GCSE, students will start by looking at Theme D Religion, peace, and conflict. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitude on if it is ever right to go to war and how war impacts the world.
Skills
This is the first section of the GCSE that students will study, for RE GCSE students will develop the key skills of: explanation, evaluation and the influence of faith.
Topic 3

Year 10

Christian Beliefs and Practices
Content -
In this unit students will be studying Christianity beliefs and practices, in this topic students will look at the beliefs that shape Christian faith such as the nature of God, the life of Jesus and the Trinity.
Skills -
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
TOPIC 1
Theme B- Religion and Life
Content
In this unit students will study topics that effect both religious and non-religious people in British society. These topics include modern day issues such as animal rights, pollution, and life after death. In this topic students will both apply religious and non-religious views to each topic.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 2
Theme D
Content
In this unit students will study Theme D Religion, peace, and conflict. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitudes on if it is ever right to go to war and how war impacts the wider world. Students will look at topics such as: nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction and victims of war.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 3
Christianity Beliefs and Practices
Content
In this unit students will be revising Christianity beliefs and practices, in this topic students will look at the beliefs that shape Christian faith such as the nature of God, the life of Jesus and the Trinity.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 4
Islam Beliefs and Practices
Content
In this unit students will be revising Islam beliefs and practices, in this topic students will look at the beliefs that shape Islamic faith such as the nature of Allah, predestination and the afterlife.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 5
Theme E
Content
In this unit students will study Theme E Religion, crime, and punishment. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitudes on the treatment of criminals and the effect of crime on society. Students will look at topics such as: the death penalty, forgiveness, and the aims of punishment.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 6
Theme A
Content
In this unit students will study Theme A relationships and families. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitudes on relationships and families.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 6

Year 11

Theme D
Content
In this unit students will study Theme D Religion, peace, and conflict. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitudes on if it is ever right to go to war and how war impacts the wider world. Students will look at topics such as: nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction and victims of war.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 1
Christianity Beliefs and Practices
Content
In this unit students will be revising Christianity beliefs and practices, in this topic students will look at the beliefs that shape Christian faith such as the nature of God, the life of Jesus and the Trinity.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 2
Islam Beliefs and Practices
Content
In this unit students will be revising Islam beliefs and practices, in this topic students will look at the beliefs that shape Islamic faith such as the nature of Allah, predestination and the afterlife.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 3
Theme E
Content
In this unit students will study Theme E Religion, crime, and punishment. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitudes on the treatment of criminals and the effect of crime on society. Students will look at topics such as: the death penalty, forgiveness, and the aims of punishment.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 4
Theme A
Content
In this unit students will study Theme A relationships and families. In this topic students will look at religious and non-religious attitudes on relationships and families.
Skills
Throughout the RE GCSE students will apply the same skill set to key belief and practices. These skills will be explanation, evaluation, and the influence of faith. With students focusing on short answer writing, alongside extended writing.
Topic 5