The Religious Studies curriculum at Nailsea School has the following aims.

  1. To develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the origins, development and diversity of the major world religions.
  2. To develop a deep knowledge and understanding of how religious believers apply and practice their beliefs in the modern world.
  3. To ensure by the end of KS3 students have acquired a body of knowledge that prepares them for the rigours of GCSE.
  4. Ignite students’ interest with engaging content and questions that spark discussion and help students to think critically about philosophy and ethics.
  5. In both KS3 and KS4 to deepen knowledge of ethical dilemmas humans face and how both religious and non-religious people use a value system to determine their actions.

Year 7:

  • Theme 1: Old Testament – Genesis (Judaism and Christianity)
  • Theme 2: Old Testament – Exodus to Exile (Judaism and Christianity
  • Theme 3: Judaism – history, belief and the modern world (partial)

Year 8:

  • Theme 1: New Testament: Life and teachings of Jesus
  • Theme 2: New Testament: Jesus in Jerusalem
  • Theme 3: Christianity: History and Belief
  • Theme 4: Christianity in the modern world
  • Theme 5: Islam: History and belief
  • Theme 6: Islam in the modern world

Year 9:

  • Theme 1: Religion, social justice and human rights
  • Theme 2: Philosophy of Religion and the existence of God
  • Theme 3: The environment and animal rights
  • Theme 4: Judaism in the modern world: persecution
  • Theme 5: Conflict and Terror project (Humanities)

Year 10: (compulsory for all students)

  • Theme 1: Religion and Conflict
  • Theme 2: Religion, crime and punishment
  • Theme 3: Ethics: How should we live our lives?

Year 11: (compulsory for all students)

  • Theme 1: Relationships and Families
  • Theme 2: Medical Ethics: Abortion and Euthanasia

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