In Philosophy and Beliefs students will learn the relevant spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills to be properly prepared for life. Students will gain an understanding of the different main religions in the world and have an understanding of how following one of these religions has an impact on the way in which a person lives their life. Students are encouraged to question what is ethical in the world and the impact they have on the world around them.
KS3 Philosophy and beliefs is taught over 2 lessons a fortnight.
In their first year at Hayesfield, students think about what beliefs are and what different beliefs there are in the world. They will look at the different ways in which Christmas can be celebrated. Students will examine the key beliefs in the religion of Sikhism. Students will also examine religion and the environment and look at how people deal with suffering.
|2||Christmas||Has Christmas become too commercial?
Has it lost its religious significance?
|3||Sikhism||What are the 5 Ks?
Why are they important to Sikhs?
|4||Sikhism||What is the Guru Granth Sahib?
Can a book be treated the same as a human being?
|5||Environment||What is evolution?
Did Charles Darwin kill God?
|6||Suffering||The lion, the witch and the wardrobe|
Students examine what it means to live in a multi-faith community. They investigate the role of a church in our local area and the services that it provides. Students examine the key beliefs in the religion of Buddhism. Students also study significant religious people and look at the ways in which they made their voices heard.
|1||Living in multi-faith communities||What are the advantages and disadvantages?|
|2||Church in the community||How important are churches in the local community?|
|3||Buddhist beliefs||What are the teachings of the Buddha?
How do these teachings influence a Buddhist's life?
|4||Meditation||What is the importance of meditation?|
|5||Significant peopl||What makes a person significant?
Who inspires you?
|6||Protest||Why do people protest?
Which form of protest is most effective?
Students explore the religion of Islam. Students also look at how we define morality in society. They have an opportunity to investigate the issue of animal rights and the way in which religion is portrayed in the media.
|1||Islam||Why is the mosque important to Muslims|
|2||Planning an Islamic festival||How and why is Eid celebrated by Muslims?|
|3||Define morality||What is absolute and relative morality|
|4||Animal rights||Should humans and animals be treated equally?|
|5||Media||How much does the media influence your life?|
|6||Religion and Media||The study of a film|