RE & Citizenship - KS3
In Year 9 Humanities, students study a range of issues.
- Autumn 1: Evil and Suffering – Pupils begin the year looking at the problem of Evil and Suffering, asking themselves why we suffer and how believers in religions can face the question of suffering. At this time they look at the case study of the Holocaust and investigate the Jewish reaction.
- Autumn 2: Science vs Religion – Students then study Science vs Religion in order to understand the different views of the origins of the world, including the Big Bang Theory and Thomas Aquinas. They are asked to look at this event from both points of view to gain an understanding of where each set of ideas comes from.
- Spring 1: Peace and War – In the Spring, students begin to investigate pacifism in Peace and War, looking at famous pacifists such as Martin Luther King and Ghandi and investigating the reasons why people follow pacifism.
- Spring 2: Terrorism and Conflict – In this Terrorism and Conflict unit, students look at 9/11 as a case study. Students understand the meaning of Jihad, Holy War and Just War, and can identify reasons for going to war.
- Summer 1: Charities – Students look at Charities; understanding current issues such as International Aid. They research different religious and non-religious organisations and ask themselves ‘who is to blame’ for poverty in the world and ultimately, whether we should do more to help.
- Summer 2: Matters of Life and Death – At the end of the year students study Matters of Life and Death, looking at views of heaven, hell and the afterlife, and issues such as Abortion and Euthanasia.