Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Religious Studies

Mrs L Cartwright (Head of Department)

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1 - Worship and Ritual

Worship and Ritual – general overview
Idea of God in Hinduism
Hindu worship – at home and in the mandir
Between October and December pupils will be involved in the preparation for a whole school project entitled 'Our World' where we will study the 'Past, present and future' within the Humanities faculty.

Term 2 - Worship and Ritual

Between January and February pupils will complete and present their final 'Our World' project.
Hindu worship – at home and in the mandir

Term 3 - Journey of Life

Christian worship
Significant meals
The Last Supper
Holy Communion
After Whitsun, pupils will work on a DCF project within the Humanities faculty for 3 weeks. The focus will be on the theme of 'Mexico'.

Year 8

Term 1 - Freedom and Slavery

Concepts of freedom and slavery
Introduction to the Passover
The importance of the Seder Meal
Rastafarianism and the wearing of religious clothing

Term 2 - Freedom and Slavery

Prejudice and Discrimination
The Holocaust
The Jewish idea of God

Term 3 - Freedom and Slavery

The life and work of Martin Luther King Jr
Comparisons to the actions of Malcom X

Year 9

Term 1 - GCSE Christianity: Core beliefs, teachings and practices

The nature of God
The Trinity
The birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus
The Teachings of Jesus

Term 2 - GCSE Christianity / GCSE Hinduism: Core beliefs, teachings and practices

The role of the Church
The Persecution of Christians
Interfaith Dialogue
The Sacraments
The nature of Brahman and the atman
The Trimurti
Vaishnavite and Shaivaite traditions
The importance of Ganesha

Term 3 - GCSE Hinduism: Core beliefs, teachings and practices

Worship – Puja
Changing attitudes to the caste system
Ashramas (Stages in life) including birth, marriage and death rituals

Ways in which parents can help:

  1. Check planners to ensure pupils have completed any homework.
  2. Assist pupils with their revision for tests and exams.
  3. Don’t reinforce any prejudices they may have about religion and encourage open minds.

Useful websites:

  1. Google "Hinduism", "Judaism" or "Christianity" with specific topic.
  2. BBC Religion
  3. BBC Bitesize KS3 Religious Studies
  4. BBC Religion - Judaism
  5. WJEC Religious Studies

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. The Encyclopaedia of Religion
  2. Current newspapers/magazines

For up to date information on KS4 and 5 courses, please see the Options Booklets

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