At Pool Academy our courses are based on Cornwall County Councils Agreed Syllabus. This syllabus covers aspects of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. The units outlined in the county syllabus are covered throughout year 7-9.
Year 7: How and why do people worship?, The Bible, Christianity & Justice, Gotama Buddha, The Buddhist Eightfold Path and What is a Buddhist’s goal in life?
Year 8: Decision Making, Pilgrimage, Jesus, and Martin Luther King.
Year 9: Is there evidence for God? Suffering, Life after Death, Science & Religion.
All pupils in years 10 & 11 will study the EDEXCEL Religious Studies short or full course GCSE. The short course option will be taught in one hour every week and is based on a study of Religion & Life with a focus on Christianity & Islam and covers the following topics:
Believing in God- does God exist, why does suffering happen, are miracles real?
Matters of Life & Death- what happens when we die, should euthanasia be legalised, arguments for & against abortion.
Marriage & Family Life- what happens in a Christian & Muslim wedding, what different family types are there?
Social Harmony- Multi faith society, racism, should girls be treated differently to boys?
Religion & the Media- how is religion dealt with in films, the news and soap operas?
RE is an important subject for all pupils and for all future careers as it teaches pupils to consider alternative opinions to their own and provides detailed knowledge & understanding of different World Religions and contemporary religious & moral issues.
Miss A Owen
Head of Department