Terms 1 & 2: How are we scholars of theology? – Scholars will study the nature of belief - Including asking themselves 'Why people believe?', 'Why do people pray?' and 'Why do people go to church?'. They will then look at the nature of God. They will also begin to study different denominations within Christianity.
Terms 3 & 4: Origins of the universe and humanity – Scholars will look at various aspects of the universe and how humanity came to be. This will include: Creationism, Scientific Theories (e.g. the Big Bang) and Theistic Evolution. Scholars will then look at stewardship, dominion, animals and the environment through a study of Genesis 1 and 2.
Terms 5 & 6: The Fall – Scholars will study the origins and nature of sin, including Genesis 3.
Terms 1 & 2: Who is Jesus? Myth, Man or God? – Scholars will look at the life story of Jesus by engaging with the gospels. Particular focus will be paid to his miracles and parables. They will also look at Jesus' resurrection and mankind's salvation and atonement.
Terms 3 & 4: Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism – Scholars will study Judaism, with a focus on identity: Relationship with God, worship and the meaning of life. The Jewish perspective of forgiveness will also be considered.
Terms 5 & 6: Abrahamic Faiths: Islam – Scholars will study Islam, with a focus on identity: Relationship with God, worship and the meaning of life.
Terms 1 & 2: What are the main Eastern religions? – Scholars will study 2 of the main Eastern religions that originated in India; Hinduism and Buddhism. There will be a focus on worship, rules for life, relationship with God and deities and a comparison and contrast to the Abrahamic faiths.
Terms 3 & 4: Sikhism – Scholars will study Sikhism, with a particular focus on its origins, beliefs, worship, rules for life and Holy Scriptures. Scholars will also study alternatives to religion – Humanism and atheism.
Terms 5 & 6: Spiritual Experience and Faith at Work in the World - Scholars will study contemporary modern issues, while learning about the perspectives of different denominations and factions within faiths. Scholars will study how people put their faith and beliefs into practice in order to tackle inequalities in society.
In Years 10 and 11 scholars will undertake studies in GCSE Religious Studies: AQA Specification A. They will focus on 2 religions throughout their studies: Judaism and Christianity.
Scholars and their families are invited to look at the AQA specification at the following link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062
Terms 1 & 2: Scholars will focus on the unit of Jewish beliefs. They will complete 1 exam paper (5 questions) on this at the end of Year 11. They will learn to understand and explain common and divergent views within Judaism (Orthodox, Reform and Liberal). There will be a focus on the nature of G-d, Shechinah, life after death, resurrection and judgement, the nature and role of the Messiah. Scholars will also deepen their previous learning by studying the covenants, the promised land of Canaan, ten commandments, mitzvot and the sanctity of human life.
Terms 3 & 4: Scholars will focus on the unit of Jewish methods of worship and practices. They will complete 1 exam paper (5 questions) on this at the end of Year 11. They will learn to understand and explain common and divergent views within Judaism (Orthodox, Reform and Liberal). There will be a focus on the synagogue, public and private acts of worship, the significance of prayer, including the Amidah. Practices and rituals such as Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Pesach, Brit Milah, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, marriage and mourning ceremonies will be covered. The significance of the Tenakh and Talmud will be examined, oral and written laws, even dietary laws.
Terms 5 & 6: Scholars will look at the main religious tradition in Great Britain today, which is Christianity. Scholars will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity. As well as, common and divergent views within Christianity in the way beliefs and teachings are understood. Scholars may refer to a range of different Christian perspectives in their answers including Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. There will be emphasis on the nature of God, different Christian beliefs about the afterlife and their importance, including resurrection and life after death; judgement, heaven and hell. Study will continue to deepen their knowledge of the incarnation and Jesus as the Son of God, the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, the means of salvation, including law, grace and Spirit, the role of Christ in salvation including the idea of atonement.
Scholars will end Year 10 studying the way in which Christians put their belief into practice: different forms of worship, prayer and its significance, including the Lord’s Prayer, set prayers and informal prayer, the role and meaning of the sacraments, the role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations in Britain today.