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THEOLOGY

At St. Peter’s CofE Academy, students are encouraged to actively participate in Theology and to develop their understanding of the place of faith and belief in the 21st Century.

The aims for Theology are outlined below -

  • To provide all learners with a comprehensive understanding of Christianity, rooted in the person, work and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, the self, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. RE develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, including Islam, Judaism and Sikhism and the traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Encourage students to explore their own beliefs in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how this impacts on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives.
  • Enable students to build their own sense of identity and belonging which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
  • Teach students to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice and discrimination.
  • Prompt students to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. Actively encourage empathy, generosity and compassion.
  • Develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery, contributing to SMSC education.
  • Acquire a personal understanding of the importance of Religious Education in a Church academy such as St. Peter’s, and be encouraged to make a positive contribution to the Christian life of the academy.
  • Contribute to the development of and an interest in, the traditions and Christian character of our academy.
  • Develop, nurture and strengthen Christian attitudes to life, with particular reference to caring for and giving service to other people in the community.
  • Understand the nature and significance of religious experience in people’s lives and recognise some of the ways by which these various experiences have been interpreted and how they have been expressed through a variety of religious traditions.
  • Explore the relevance of the Bible & Christian tradition, not only for those people for whom the different books in the Bible were originally written and tradition formed, but also for people in the world of today, both Christian and non- Christian.
  • Explore the possible consequences of religious belief, experience and practice in the development of personal attitudes, and to develop their own spiritual and ethical code by which they live their daily lives.

Curriculum Content

Years Seven and Eight

At KS3, students have two lesson of Theology per week. They are internally assessed and examined.

As a Church academy, two thirds of our curriculum content focuses on the study, history and practice of Christianity and how Christian principles affect everyday life. We also explore a wide range of world religions including Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.

Sample topic content

Year Seven

  • What are ‘ultimate questions’? - Exploring the concept of reality and how different views of what is ‘real’ have developed. Key questions in this unit will include the existence of God, what happens when we die and where did the world come from.
  • Comparative religion – This unit includes a study of the origins of religious belief, the topography of major world faiths and what world faiths have in common (including teachings, worship and celebrations).

Year Eight

  • Islam - This unit of work explores key beliefs such as Tawhid (what God is like), Prophets (including the life of the Prophet Muhammad) and what happens when you die. Students will also explore the origins of the faith and Islam in the UK today.
  • Ethics – Students will explore the nature of morality and study key issues including medical and environmental ethics, the sanctity of life and poverty.

Years Nine, Ten and Eleven

Through Years Nine, Ten and Eleven, students have three lessons of Religious Studies per week. They are externally examined at the end of Year Eleven. We study Edexcel Religious Studies A (GCSE 9-1)

Students investigate eight units, examining a range of Christian and Muslim key beliefs, alongside religious perspectives on a range of issues affecting life on a familial, local, national and global level.

These cover –

Paper 1: Christianity

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Christian practices
  • Sources of Wisdom & Authority
  • Forms of expression

Paper 2: Islam

  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment.

Paper 3: Philosophy & Ethics

  • The Existence of God
  • 20th Century Relationships

For further information, please refer to www.edexcel.com

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