Ethics

Subject lead:  Mrs Whitsey

The Weavers’ Ethics Curriculum is designed and centred on our students and our core values of striving for success by focusing on learning. We recognise the importance of inclusive, powerful knowledge, which can help students develop acquire a better understanding of the role that different religions and cultures play in today’s pluralistic world. Our planning enables students to apply, compare and contrast some of the world’s major beliefs – both religious and secular- to some of the ‘Big Issues’ they face on a day to day basis. The Humanities team has developed the Ethics Curriculum to spark and nurture our students’ interest and enthusiasm for religious beliefs as well as develop tolerance and understanding of other viewpoints and cultures by viewing them from an ethical and moral perspective and specifically, how studying these issues can help shape and develop us as people. We believe that the ethics curriculum and the knowledge acquired through studying will provide a crucial aspect of students’ development that will contribute significantly towards developing them into successful and responsible citizens who contribute positively to the world both within and beyond school.

Key Stage 3:

In Year 7 students will examine the main religions in the UK: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. We will examine each faith’s beliefs and practice along with key celebrations.  We will also reflect on what makes a ‘good life’ and how we can explain good and evil as well as the impact of religion on modern life.

In Year 8 students will study Creation myths and religious views and how our relationship with the planet has changed and religious responses to these challenges. We will explore a variety of views about what happens when we die and build upon the Year 7 learning of ‘what makes a good life’. Year 8 ends with a study of the ‘Big Questions’ and a more philosophical approach to different views. Year 9 students will focus on ‘What has religion done for us?’ which has a study of the 10 commandments and the link of modern laws.  We will then look at whether humans have the right ‘to play God’ through examining issues such as animal welfare and abortion. Year 9 ends with a study on challenging prejudice and discrimination.

Key Stage 4:

Students will be following the AQA GCSE Short Course RE syllabus.  The course will involve studying two main religions: Christianity and Islam and two further topics which are Family and Relationships and Religion, Peace and Conflict.  There is one examined element which one hour 45 minutes long and will be sat at the end of Year 11.