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KS4

Life and Morality (GCSE Religious Education)

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

All students from the spring term of Year 9 have to study GCSE Life and Morality (Religious Education). The GCSE is regarded as a full course which is worth a GCSE at the end of year 11. Students will be taking two exams at the end of year 11; each exam is worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework for this subject. Students study the unit AQA Religion and Morality in Year 9 and 10 and AQA Religion and Life Issues in Yr 10 and 11.
 

Year 9
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1




 
Crime & Punishment Pt1.
What is a crime?
Aims of punishment.
Religion ad the law.
Types of punishment.
Alternatives to prisons.
  • To know key information relating to crime & punishment in the UK.
  • Christian & Muslim attitudes towards crime & punishment in society.

     
Autumn 2





 
Crime & Punishment Pt2.
The death penalty.
Religious views on the death penalty.
Forgiveness.
James Bulger case study.

 
  • To be able to identify different types of punishment (including capital punishment) and their aims.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning human nature, wrongdoing and the punishment of offenders and repentance and forgiveness.
Spring 1









 
Early Life & Abortion.
When does life begin?
Abortion and the law.
Why have children? Arguments for & against.
Pro-life & Pro-choice organisations.
Religious views on abortion.
Alternatives to abortion.
Consolidation-recap on abortion.
End of unit test.

 
  • To understand abortion and UK law relating to abortion.
  • To explain and identify alternatives to abortion: adoption, fostering, keeping the child.
  • Clearly understand different views on abortion by researching Pro-life & Pro-choice organisations.
  • To analyse Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning the question of when life begins and the issue of abortion.
Spring 2







 
Elderly & Matters of Death.
Getting old.
Caring for the sick & elderly.
Exploring the concept of death.
Euthanasia and its different forms and the law.
Religious views on euthanasia and life after death.
The euthanasia debate/Reg Crew.
End exam question.
  • To know key information about options available to the elderly, definitions of death, types of euthanasia and the law.
  • To know the Christian & Muslim attitudes towards the elderly, euthanasia, death and the afterlife.

 

 

Summer 1








 
Prejudice & Discrimination.
Different types of prejudice & discrimination.
The causes and effects of discrimination.
The law on discrimination.
Examples of historical figures who have fought against prejudice & discrimination.
Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning different types of prejudice & discrimination.
End of unit test.
  • To know and understand the different types of prejudice & discrimination.
  • Identify the causes & effects of discrimination.
  • Evaluate the law on discrimination.
  • Examples of historical figures who have fought against prejudice & discrimination.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning different types of prejudice & discrimination.
Summer 2








 
War & Peace.
Different types of war and current examples.
The causes & effects of war.
Organisations that help victims of war.
The ideas and beliefs behind pacifism and terrorism.
The use of weapons of mass destruction.
Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning war and violence.
End of unit test.
  • To identify the different types of war and current examples.
  • The causes and effects of war.
  • Organisations that help victims of war.
  • The ideas and beliefs behind pacifism and terrorism.
  • The use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning war and violence.
     
Year 10
                         Topic            Skills
Autumn 1






 
Rich & Poor.
The rich.
Religious views on money and wealth.
The poor, causes and Government help.
Christian & Muslim beliefs about helping the poor.
Gambling and religious views.
Earning an income and religious views.
  • To know information about the rich and poor in British society.
  • Wealth including how people become rich and the responsibilities of having money.
  • The poor in Britain including causes and effects and help available.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings on wealth, earning money and the poor.
Autumn 2







 
Elderly & Matters of Death.
Getting old.
Caring for the sick and elderly.
Exploring the concept of death.
Euthanasia and its different forms and the law.
Religious views on euthanasia and life after death.
The euthanasia debate - Reg Crew.
Exam question.
  • To know key information about options available to the elderly, definitions of death, types of euthanasia and the law.
  • To know the Christian & Muslim attitudes towards the elderly, euthanasia, death and the afterlife.


     
Spring 1









 
Animal Rights.
Pets & zoos (and extinction).
Working animals.
Vegetarianism - food laws.
Blood sports.
Experimentation.




 
  • To be able to identify different ways in which animals are used for work, as pets and in zoos.
  • The killing of animals for food, in animal experiments, blood sports and through human effects on the environment.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning stewardship of God's world, including beliefs about using animals, killing animals and food (including vegetarianism).
Spring 2







 
Planet Earth.
The origins of the Planet (scientific creation).
Religious creation (Christian creation).
How modern lifestyles affect the world and how we can look after the world.
Religious beliefs about the care and responsibility for planet earth (Christian & Muslim views).
How organisations take care of the earth.
  • To know about stewardship and about looking after the world and the environment and to know the effects of pollution such as acid rain, oil spills, toxic chemicals and pesticides on the planet.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning stewardship of God's world, the creation of the world and the awe & wonder it inspires.
Summer








 
War & Peace.
What is war - causes of war.
Just war and holy war.
Pacifism including key religious figures.
Terrorism - why people become terrorists.
Victims of war and Organisations that are helping them.
Nuclear weapons and weapon of mass destruction.
Christian & Muslim views on war & peace.
  • To be able to identify the different types of war and current examples.
  • The causes and effects of war.
  • Organisations that help victims of war.
  • The ideas and beliefs behind pacifism and terrorism.
  • The use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Christian & Muslim beliefs and teachings concerning war and violence.
     
Year 11
                          Topic           Skills
Autumn 1





 
Early Life & Abortion.
When does life begin?
Abortion and the law.
Why have children? Arguments for and against.
Pro-life & pro-choice organisations.
Religious views on abortion.
Alternatives to abortion.
  • To know key arguments about when life begins, abortion and the law.
  • The Christian & Muslim attitudes towards arguments about when life begins and abortion.

     
Autumn 2







 
Prejudice and Discrimination.
What is prejudice and discrimination?
Types and causes.
What does the law say about it?
Famous people who have fought against prejudice.
Religious attitudes towards prejudice and discrimination.
 
  • To know and understand the different type of prejudice and discrimination.
  • The causes and effects of discrimination.
  • The law on discrimination.
  • Examples of historical figures who have fought against it.
  • Religious beliefs and teachings concerning different types of prejudice and discrimination.
Spring 1






 
Religion and Life.
Animal rights.
Planet earth.
Prejudice & discrimination.
Abortion.
War & peace.

 
  • To revise and consolidate the religious attitudes within these topics studied.
  • To have clear and concise knowledge on the religious quotes and teachings concerning the topics covered.
  • To have clear understanding on how to apply exam formulas to the exam questions.
Spring 2






 
Religion & Morality.
Crime & punishment.
Drug abuse.
Rich & poor.
Matters of death.


 
  • To revise and consolidate the religious attitudes within these topics studied.
  • To have clear and concise knowledge on the religious quotes and teachings concerning the topics covered.
  • To have clear understanding on how to apply exam formulas to the exam questions.
Summer Exams