Pool Academy

Religious Education

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.

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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?


An RE visit to a local church

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.

 

Scheme of Learning- Religious Studies

Year 7

              
 

Autumn 1

Introduction to RE- All religions
Assessment- Baseline test 
What is RE?
RE skills & attitudes
Signs & Symbols
6 main world religions        
 

Autumn 2

 
Religious Festivals
Christian, Islam & Buddhist festivals comparative study
Links in to Christmas
Assessment- Redo baseline test 
 

Spring 1

               
Buddhism
Buddhist beliefs
Buddhism is and is not a religion.
Life of the Buddha 
Buddhist precepts
Eightfold path.
Karma 
Buddhists life
Assessment- shrine in box
 

Spring 2 / Summer 1

 
Religion in Cornwall
Saints
Methodism
John Wesley 
Denominations
Dor Kemmen
Assessment- John Wesley ibook/movie
 

Summer 2

Art In Heaven- All religions
Dependent on themes in the competition
Links with primary schools and Tregoweth 
Assessment: Art in Heaven entry 
 

Year 8

               
 

Autumn 1

Islam
Blooms taxonomy project dependent on student levels.
Students will work through a range of different tasks all based on deepening understanding of Islam.
Assessment: all tasks from blooms project
Characteristics of God
Christianity- trinity
99 names of Allah
Hindu Gods      
 

Autumn 2

 

Creation stories
Christianity
Scientific
Islam
Buddhism

 

Spring 1

               

Characteristics of God
Christianity- trinity
99 names of Allah
Hindu Gods

 

Spring 2 / Summer 1

 

Problem of evil & Animal rights
Students will examine the existence of both moral and natural evil in the World and evaluate what this means for religious and non religious people.
We will also study animal rights as a modern day ethical issue.

 

Summer 2

Art In Heaven- All religions
Dependent on themes in the competition
Assessment: Art in Heaven entry

 

Year 9

              

Autumn & Spring 1

GCSE Ethics Unit 1: Global Concerns
Environmental
Poverty
Assessment- Evaluation question

Spring 2 & Summer

GCSE Ethics Unit 2: Conflict
Crime
War
Assessment- Evaluation question

 

Year 10

  
 

Autumn

     

GCSE Ethics Unit 3: Medical Techs
Assessment- Evaluation question

Spring 1

 
Mock Exam

Spring 2 & Summer 1

 
GCSE Ethics Unit 5 & 6 Personal & Social Responsibility
Assessment- Evaluation question

Summer 2

GCSE Ethics Unit 4: Right to Life

Assessment- Mock exam


Year 11

Autumn 1

GCSE Ethics Unit 4: Right to Life

Assessment- Mock exam

Autumn 2

Mock exam

Spring 1

EXAM PREP & EXAM

Spring 2

EXAM PREP & EXAM

Summer 1

EXAM PREP & EXAM


 

 

Miss A Owen

Head of Department

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