Religious Studies - Year 9

This year in RS students are expected to reflect on and develop their own values, be they religious or moral. Students will do this by studying how sacred life is, where evil comes from and how human rights and social justice are promoted, and in some cases challenged, by religion. All topics are preparing students further for the GCSE curriculum.

As students progress at different levels there will be differentiated activities and learning outcomes for students to progress at their own pace whilst developing further their skills of comprehension and application. More students will also have the opportunity to develop further their ability to synthesise and evaluate successfully by balancing arguments put forward and considering more than one point of view when establishing the place of religion and it's authority in contemporary society. These are specific skills for success in RS as well as across the curriculum.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Evil and Suffering
This topic will introduce students to the concept of good and evil. They will be able to engage with questions of belief and how God can possibly exist alongside evil and suffering if God is supposed to be all loving and all powerful.

From this students will progress by reflecting on and developing their own values which will be expressed by constructing well-argued, informed and balanced arguments. They will be able to apply the knowledge they have gained from Year 7 and Year 8 to compare ideas and evaluate belief's about God and Evil.  
ST1 exam (30 minutes)

The exams are structured using GCSE style command language and will have an exam style mark scheme designed to expect more from the students than in Year 8 in terms of how they apply their knowledge using skills they have acquired so far, for example, the successful use of connectives.

These GCSE style questions will focus on the skills of application and explanation. They will also be designed to allow students to develop further their skills of synthesis, comparison and evaluation.
Human Life 
This topic will introduce students to the ethical issues surrounding life and death. This will inform them of views within religious traditions and how they are expressed in relation to human life, for example with regard to abortion and euthanasia.

From this students will progress by reflecting on and developing their own values which will be expressed by constructing well -argued, informed and balanced arguments. They will also be able to effectively evaluate the sanctity of life.  
ST2 exam (30 minutes)

The exams are structured using GCSE style command language and will have an exam style mark scheme designed to expect more from the students than in Year 8 in terms of how they apply their knowledge using skills they have acquired so far, for example, the successful use of connectives.

These GCSE style questions will focus on the skills of application and explanation. They will also be designed to allow students to develop further their skills of synthesis, comparison and evaluation.
 
Crime and Punishment
This topic will include a look at the justice system in Britain and comparing it to other countries, considering capital and corporal punishment. Pupils will be able to strengthen their skills of analysis through comparison.
 
This unit will not be formally assessed during this academic year. This unit is designed to reinforce students ability to construct a well-argued, well informed, balanced and structured argument.  

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