Religious Education

Year 7

Introduction:

At Hampton Gardens Religious Education explores people’s beliefs, why they hold these beliefs and how they practice them. We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Peterborough schools. This year the students will focus on Monotheism and consider what relevance Religious Education has for us. Throughout the year pupils are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and begin to compare and contrast the beliefs and practices of major faiths.

Our Ethos:

At Hampton Gardens we believe that it is important for our pupils to become independent, compassionate young people who are prepared for life in the modern world. During Religious Education we enable pupils to develop an understanding of the beliefs, practices and cultures of the different major faiths; this will enable our students to be more understanding of others. It is also important for our students to develop a religious and cultural awareness so that they can understand world affairs. Religion is often misrepresented in the media and being able to recognise fact from the fiction and deal with the media appropriately is a valued skill.

Course Content:

  • What is RE and why is it important?
  • What are the key features of Judaism?
  • How do Christians demonstrate their faith?
  • What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
  • Where have we come from and where are we going? Rites of Passage

Year 8

Course Content:

  • How do Hindus demonstrate their faith?
  • What does it mean to be a Sikh in Modern Britain?
  • What are the key features of Buddhism?
  • How does Humanism compare to other religions?
  • Why is Jerusalem significant?

Year 9

Course Content:

  • What are the key features of Judaism?
  • Personal research project with an investigation in to religious attitudes towards one of the following themes:

Theme A: Relationships and families

• Contraception.

• Sexual relationships before marriage.

• Homosexual relationships

Theme B: Religion and life

• Abortion.

• Euthanasia.

• Animal experimentation.

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict

• Violence.

• Weapons of mass destruction.

• Pacifism.

  • What is the relationship between religion and crime and punishment?
  • What is the relationship between religion, human rights and social justice?
  • What are the debates and the psychology of religion?

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