Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 11 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1The Existence of God  
Students must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism: • Visions. • Miracles. • Nature as general revelation. Students will study philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, such as The Design, The First Cause argument, The argument from miracles, Evil and suffering as an argument against the existence of God and arguments based on science against the existence of God. Students will also study the nature of the divine and revelation such as, special revelation as a source of knowledge about the divine, enlightenment as a source of knowledge about the divine, general revelation.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Religion, Peace & Conflict   
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: • Violence. • Weapons of mass destruction. • Pacifism. Student will study religion and belief as a cause of war and violence in the contemporary world. This will include the following: Nuclear weapons, including nuclear deterrence. The use of weapons of mass destruction. Religion and peace-making in the contemporary world including the work of individuals influenced by religious teaching. Religious responses to the victims of war including the work of one present day religious organisation.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark questionKey Words and Terms
 
Term 3Religion & Life Revisited  
Students must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to Christianity and one or more other religious traditions: • Abortion. • Euthanasia. • Animal experimentation. • The origins and value of the universe The origins of the universe, including: religious teachings about the origins of the universe, and different interpretations of these. The relationship between scientific views, such as the Big Bang theory, and religious views. The use and abuse of the environment, including the use of natural resources, pollution. The use and abuse of animals, including: animal experimentation, the use of animals for food. The origins and value of human life The origins of life, including: religious teachings about the origins of human life, and different interpretations of these the relationship between scientific views, such as evolution, and religious views. Abortion, including situations when the mother's life is at risk.Euthanasia. Beliefs about death and
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Study of Religions: Islam & Christianity Overview  
Students will revisit Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices. They will consolidate knowledge on Christian and Islamic beliefs, teachings and practices.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Study of Themes: B, C, D & E   
Students will revisit Component 2: Thematic studies. They will consolidate their knowledge on crime and punishment, religion and life, the existence of God and religion, peace and conflict.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Paper Practice & Exam Technique   
Students will spend a term consolidating all knowledge from the two GCSE units. Students will focus on effectively using exam time to present their knowledge of Christianity and Islam & the themes they have studied.
Assessment: GCSE style exam paper consisting of a 12, 5, 4, 2 and 1 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 

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