Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

A question which is often asked: ‘What is the point of studying religion?’ It is a question asking to be taken seriously. A serious answer often given is: ‘What would be the result, to a rounded education, to be ignorant of the subject?’ Living as we do in a multi-cultural country and being aware that many religious beliefs are present in our local community makes it an imperative to have a knowledge and understanding of the realities of life for those who are our local, national or international ‘neighbours’.

At Durham Johnston we ask: ‘Who is my neighbour?; ‘What are my neighbour’s beliefs – religious or secular?’; ‘How does belief impact in the way we live as individuals and in community?

Our school motto ‘Sapere aude’ translates ‘Dare to be wise’. It is in this spirit that we enter and engage in a world of diverse religious beliefs and expressions in the hope that we find our questions answered, where answers often demand an ability to digest complex information and where learning is nurtured for a personal and interpersonal journey which, it is anticipated, is likely to stretch well beyond Durham Johnston, Durham and the U.K.

KS3

 

The focus of study in KS3 is the ‘Abrahamic’ religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The purpose of this focus is to help pupils develop a knowledge base relevant to their GCSE study. For GCSE study pupils focus on Judaism and Christianity. GCSE study BEGINS in Year 9.

 

Year

TOPIC

Further details (if relevant) e.g. assessment tasks

 

7

AUTUMN TERM

Why do people believe in God?

Founders in the ‘Abrahamic’ Religious Tradition

SPRING TERM

 

Holy Books – how are they used?

 

 

Festivals and celebrations

 

SUMMER TERM

Religion in the community

Five lessons, assessment and feedback

Lessons exploring issues relevant to theism and atheism. Assessment and feedback.

Lessons exploring the life and teachings of: Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad. The continuing legacy of these lives society today. Assessment and feedback.

 

Five lessons, assessment and feedback

Lessons exploring the scriptures of the Abrahamic religions – Torah, Bible, Qur’an

Literal non-literal interpretation of text. How a text may be used to inspire belief/action.

 

Lessons looking at Jewish, Christian and Muslim festivals. Assessment and feedback

 

 

Series of lessons looking at religious diversity in Durham and the North East of England. Assessment and feedback,

 

8

 

AUTUMN TERM

Evil and Suffering

Life after death?

SPRING TERM

 

Heroes of faith

 

SUMMER TERM

Ethics

Five lessons, assessment and feedback

Lessons exploring the challenge made to religious belief by ‘natural and ‘moral’ evil.

Lessons exploring beliefs about resurrection and alternative beliefs

 

Series of lessons exploring contemporary religious figures, charitable work, and controversial issues (human rights: prejudice, discrimination, racism)

 

Series of lessons on different ethical theories _ Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Virtue Ethics

 

9

AUTUMN TERM

GCSE THEME 4

SPRING TERM

GCSE THEME 3

GCSE THEME 1

10 lessons exploring the theme of Human Rights – assessment and feedback

10 lessons on the theme of Good and Evil – assessment and feedback

10 lessons on the theme of Relationships – assessment and feedback