Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1Religion and Life   
Students begin their GCSE by exploring ‘The Right to Life’. They will study Christian and Islamic teachings that underpin a wealth of ethical dilemmas (such as the sanctity of life). Students will then consider how the choice to abort a pregnancy or end the suffering of a terminally ill person can be supported or dismissed using Christian and Islamic teachings.
Assessment: Students will complete a 12 mark GCSE questions on Abortion using the correct GCSE format. Students will most likely complete the end of unit GCSE exam during Term 1 of year 10.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Religion, Crime & Punishment   
Students must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and one or more other religious traditions: Corporal punishment. Death penalty. Forgiveness Students will study the aims of punishment, including: Retribution Deterrence Reformation. The treatment of criminals, including: Prison Corporal punishment Community service. Forgiveness. The death penalty. Ethical arguments related to the death penalty, including those based on the principle of utility and sanctity of life.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Islam: Beliefs and Teachings  
Students will study the six articles of faith in Sunni Islam and five roots of Usul ad-Din in Shi’a Islam, including key similarities and differences. The Oneness of God (Tawhid), Qur’an Surah 112. The nature of God: omnipotence, beneficence, mercy, fairness and justice (Adalat in Shi’a Islam), including different ideas about God’s relationship with the world: immanence and transcendence. Angels, their nature and role, including Jibril and Mika’il. Predestination and human freedom and its relationship to the Day of Judgement. Life after death (Akhirah), human responsibility and accountability, resurrection, heaven and hell.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Islam: Practices  
Students will study the Five Pillars of Sunni Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam. Sawm: the role and significance of fasting during the month of Ramadan including origins, duties, benefits of fasting, the exceptions and their reasons, and the Night of Power, Qur’an 96:1-5. Zakah: the role and significance of giving alms including origins, how and why it is given, benefits of receipt, Khums in Shi’a Islam. Hajj: the role and significance of the pilgrimage to Makkah including origins, how hajj is performed, the actions pilgrims perform at sites including the Ka’aba at Makkah, Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah and their significance. Jihad: different understandings of jihad: the meaning and significance of greater and lesser jihad; origins, influence and conditions for the declaration of lesser jihad. Festivals and commemorations and their importance for Muslims in Great Britain today, including the origins and meanings of Id-ul-Adha, Id-ul-Fitr, Ashura.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings  
Students will study the nature of God: God as omnipotent, loving and just, and the problem of evil and suffering. The oneness of God and the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Different Christian beliefs about creation including the role of Word and Spirit (John 1:1-3 and Genesis 1:1-3). Different Christian beliefs about the afterlife and their importance, including: resurrection and life after death; judgement, heaven and hell. 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.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Christianity: Practices   
Students will study different forms of worship and their significance, including: Liturgical, non-liturgical and informal, including the use of the Bible, private 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. Students will study the role of the Church in the local community including: • food banks • street pastors • the place of mission • evangelism and Church growth. They will also study the importance of the worldwide Church including: • working for reconciliation • how Christian churches respond to persecution • the work of Christian Aid.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 

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