Key Stage 4 Pathways

Core Religious Studies

All students will study one hour per week of Core Religious Studies in Years 9 and 10. They will go on to achieve a Short-Course GCSE qualification (worth half a GCSE) at the end of Year 10.

Core Religious Studies introduces students to two world religions (Christianity and Judaism) and students will also learn about how people are influenced to act in different areas of human life.

These lessons introduce two world religions in detail and asks students to consider a range of opinions on topical moral issues. Students will engage with the material on a personal level as well as showing an understanding of, and respect for, a range of different religious and non-religious beliefs and opinions.

What will I learn?

Unit 1 – Judaism: This is the study of the beliefs and teachings of Judaism and how these influence individuals, communities and societies today, both for the Jewish diaspora and also in Middle Eastern conflicts. Students will learn Jewish ideas about God, life after death and how the Mitzvot - the Jewish “law” - influences this religious tradition. Students will read parts of the Jewish scriptures, the Tenakh, and form opinions about their importance. There will be an opportunity to visit the Liberal Synagogue in Nottingham.

Unit 2 – Christianity: This is the study of key Christian beliefs including how God is understood, the afterlife, the role of Jesus and salvation, and how these beliefs have come about as well as how they continue to have a great deal of influence on individuals, communities and societies in today’s world. Students will read parts of the Bible, in particular the New Testament, and learn to understand the moral and theological message of Jesus Christ and the Christian Church.

Unit 3 – Relationships and families: Students will apply their knowledge of the Christian faith to various themes in the topic Relationships and Families, learning to express their own opinions and engage with others in a respectful and reasoned way. These themes include ‘Sex, marriage and divorce’ and ‘Families and gender equality’. Lessons will treat all consenting relationships as equally valid and students will examine how British values have formed the tolerant, liberal society of today. There will be a visit to the local church to learn about Christian teachings about marriage.

Unit 4 - Religion, peace and conflict: This unit will examine contrasting teachings and attitudes to violence and terrorism, the causes of war and Just War Theory. In particular, students will focus on the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine and learn about it in a historical and religious context. They will also learn about the persecution of Jews by the Nazis in WWII. Students are asked to consider such questions like whether a Just War is possible in an age of weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Fenby (Head of Humanities) - fenbyj@hallparkacademy.org.uk