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Religious studies at Harris Academy Rainham allows students to develop awareness and understanding of the religious approaches to a range of ethical and philosophical issues. The subject aims to instil in students a confidence to employ ethics and critical thinking in their everyday lives. It will offer exciting opportunities for students to think deeply and attempt questions which do not have a clear or simple answer, breeding curiosity and determination. Students will learn about philosophical arguments and ethical theories through the in-depth study of different religions and cultures.
Year 7 & 8
In years 7-8 student will learn about six of the major religions of the world. They will learn about key beliefs and practices and ask the question: ‘How is this relevant to my life and society’. Our students will begin to know and understand core aspects of religion and engage with philosophical inquiry in a meaningful and exciting way. We aim to develop the love of philosophical learning through scholarship.
Students will learn how to write qualitative and evaluative pieces focusing on the meaning of life, the impact of modernism on religion and society and the influence of religion on morality. They will tackle big philosophical concepts like creation, the value of religion and the importance of relationships.
We seek to help students construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced arguments. Our students will be able to demonstrate their depth and breadth of understanding of the different topics they study while reflecting on and developing their own values, beliefs, purpose and truth.
In Year 9 our students will learn about ethical and philosophical theories. They will look at different types of ethical theories, explore, investigate and evaluate the benefits and problems of using them to govern a society and individuals.
Our students will learn to argue the benefits and problems ethical and philosophical theories hold and discover whether religious rules are more appropriate as a form of social governance over ethical theories. They will also recognise and evaluate the limitations of different ethical theories while comparing them to one another.
Key ethical theories our students will learn about will include but not be limited to utilitarianism, situation ethics, the conscience and morality. They will reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt to enable them to better contribute in an ever changing global community.
Year 10 & 11
In years 10-11 our students will develop the ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. This will be crucial in preparing them for the GCSE at the end of Year 11.
The skills they will develop will enable them to understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies and understand significant common and divergent views within religions and beliefs. They will learn to apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values.
Our students will learn about key religious ideas on the importance of relationships and family, nature of good and the role of free will and morality as well as learning about key beliefs and practices from Christianity and another religion. They will reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt to enable them to better contribute in a pluralistic society and global community.