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Students will learn about a range of contemporary and historical global issues. This is to help students understand that Humanities has a holistic element to the subjects and also to deepen understanding of how the UK and Plymouth links to the wider world such as discovery and reasons of migration, values of tolerance and freedom & how Plymouth has developed into a truly multi-cultural, multi-faith city.
In Yr7 we focus on Mayflower 400 thematic SoL – which develops student understanding of what beliefs are and what beliefs they have. It helps them to understand that even if you are not religious you still have beliefs and students are encouraged to express their beliefs clearly. Creation Stories are studied which are then compared to Scientific explanations of the beginnings of the Universe and human life.
Students in Yr8 study Morality and living a Christian Life. Students investigate morality and have the opportunity to apply and express what they would do in a moral situation. Students interpret and compare religious codes of conduct across four main religions. Evil and Suffering. This is a philosophical unit with different approaches to explain why evil and suffering exists and offers challenge to religious belief. The Genesis story of Adam and Eve’s Fall reflects on beliefs of original sin. Students identify the difference between natural and moral evil. Students build on prior learning on the nature of God and develop knowledge and understanding of the concept of free will
Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams) and evaluative pieces of extended writing.
Students undertake local enquiry fieldwork in the city so as to experience the range of faiths catered for. Guest speakers from Holocaust Survivor charity.
Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, values and futures. It provides an opportunity for our students to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness. The students also learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others' rights and responsibilities. At a time when communities are becoming more diverse there is an even greater need for a more religiously literate and tolerant society.
Yr9-10 the students cover Christian Beliefs and Practices and compare and contrast with Islamic Beliefs and Practices. There are also thematic studies in Relationship & Families, Social Justice and Human and Religion, Crime & Punishment.
Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams). Extended writing questions to develop their AO2 & AO3 skills. Students sit mock examinations at the end of yr9, in November & March of their Yr10 studies.
Residential opportunity to Holocaust museum and concentration camps. Visits from local Muslim and visit to mosque to discuss beliefs.
Revision guides available for purchase at subsidized rate for the GCSE examinations. The department also supports students with small group and one to one sessions after school to develop examination and coursework skills.