Religious Education

Religious Education

Journeys One
Year 8

Who am I?
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

  • You will have considered the term identity and what it means.
  • You will understand what self image is and how sometimes others see us differently from how we see ourselves.
  • You will explore what Christians believe it means to be beautiful in the eyes of God.
  • You will know that Christians believe that all human beings are special and unique to God.

God and the Bible
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…

  • You will know that the Bible is an important book to many people.
  • You will understand that the Bible has changed many people’s lives.
  • You will be able to identify that the Bible is made up of different types of books.
  • You will recognise that Christians believe that the Bible is one way that God communicates with people.
  • You will understand that the Gideons is one example of an organisation that tries to spread the Bible’s influence throughout the world.

Who is Jesus?
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

  • You will know details of the story of the birth of Jesus.
  • You will have considered Jesus’ mission to change the world.
  • You will have examined the characters of the men Jesus chose as his disciples.
  • You will have looked at examples of Jesus’ power in action.
  • You will know that Jesus was put to death and why.  
  • You will have considered Jesus as a role model and his significance for people today.

The Story of Ruth
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

  • You will have explored the story of Ruth.
  • You will have discovered how Ruth chose to be faithful to Naomi and what it means to be faithful.
  • You will have looked at examples of the obedience of Ruth and have analysed the concept of obedience as an important part of having relationships with others.
  • You will have investigated how Ruth trusted Naomi and have considered the importance of trust in everyday life.
  • You will have discussed how the characters in the story chose to love people who where different to them.
  • You will have identified the emotions a person may experience when they feel like an outsider.

Judaism
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…

  • You will have explored the history of the Jewish community in Northern Ireland.
  • You will have discovered some of the key beliefs within Judaism.
  • You will have researched the Jewish place of worship.
  • You will have examined the Jewish festival Passover.
  • You will have explored the Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish rite of passage.

The Christian Church
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…

  • Know that there are many denominations within the one faith.
  • Recognise the furniture in the Roman Catholic, Baptist and Presbyterian churches.
  • Understand the meaning and be able to locate the furniture in these churches.
  • Understand that Baptism is about belonging to a particular church family.
  • Realise that are differences between how each denomination carries out baptism.
  • Know and understand what happens at a Roman Catholic Baptism, a Baptism and a Presbyterian church.

Journeys Two
Year 9

What a wonderful world
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

  • You will have explored different creation stories and discovered that within many of the stories humans are given the responsibility to look after the world.
  • You will have discussed various ways the earth is being destroyed and why people chose to act in this manner.
  • You will have identified ways in which individuals can help to improve the environment.
  • You will have discovered what Christians believe about how they should respect God’s creation and what Christian charities and churches are doing to ensure they are looking after the world.
  • You will understand the affects of climate change on the poorest countries. 

Growing Up
Learning Intentions.  By the end of this unit…

  • You will have explored many issues that young people have to deal with on a daily bases.
  • You will have examined what some religious groups teach about these issues.
  • You will have discovered what the Bible teaches on these issues.

Easter
Learning intentions:    By the end of this unit…

  • You will have explored the story of Easter through some of the main characters involved.
  • You will have assessed the importance of the events of Easter for the followers of Jesus.
  • You will have assessed the relevance of the Easter story for Christians today.

Islam
Learning intentions:    By the end of this unit…

  • You will have learnt about the history of the Muslim community in Northern Ireland.
  • You will have explored the life of Muhammad (pbuh)
  • You will have considered the importance of mosques. 
  • You will have examined the Five Pillars of Islam.
  • You will have explored some of the significant religious festivals that are important in the Muslim calendar.

C.S. Lewis
Learning intentions:    By the end of this unit…

You will have explored the life of C.S. Lewis.
You will have examined some of his beliefs.
You  will have discussed some of his novels and where he got many of his ideas from.

Journeys Three
Year 10

Religious Education
Outline

Right or Wrong!
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

You will have explored how  people learn their own moral values;
You will have explored and discussed different views that people have about what is right and what is wrong;
You will have considered religious views on right and wrong;
You will have identified issues in our society and considered differing opinions on these issues.

Lifestyle Choices
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

You will to have defined what addition is.
You will understand the problems drunkenness can cause within the family and discover Christian attitudes towards alcohol.
You will have explored the damage smoking can do to the individual.
You will have researched the dangers of taking illegal drugs.
You will have examined why it is important to work and to use your spare time wisely.
You will have appreciated the money that we have and discussed Christian attitudes towards money.

Love in Action
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

You will understand that many people tirelessly work to change unfair laws and situations because of the love they feel for people who are oppressed and marginalised. 
You will have discovered the work that five people did in order to change people’s lives. 

Does God exist?
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

You will be able to describe who you think God is.
You will be able to explore arguments for and against the existence of God.
You will be able to understand the issues of natural and moral evil.
You will be able to discuss how people experience God in different ways.

Buddhism
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…

You will have appreciated the historical Buddha and his teachings.
You will have examined the main groups within Buddhism and one of their leaders.
You will have explored the many different symbols within Buddhism and their meaning.
You will have understood Buddhist worship and festivals.
to discover the role of the Sangha within the Buddhist faith and community.

Year 11   
Religious Studies
Entry Level Certificate
 
Hinduism
Origins and Major BeliefsLearning Intentions:  By the end of this unit…        

You will be aware that Hinduism is a very old religion and developed gradually in India.
You will know that the Hindu God is called Brahman and that there is a variety of names for various Gods.
You will understand the structure of Hindu society, for example, the “caste” system.
You will explore major Hindu beliefs, such as Samsara (reincarnation), Brahman/Atman (God/Self);dharma (duty/teaching); Karma (deed/action);Bhakti (devotion); yoga (discipline); moksha (liberation).
Celebration and WorshipLearning Intentions: By the end of this unit…

You will know how sacred literature is used by worshippers.
You will explore how Hindus carry out worship in the home, at shrines and temples (puja).
You will understand the role of holy men (priest, guru).
You will know the importance of pilgrimage.
You will explore the festivals of Diwali and Holi; understanding why and how each festival is celebrated.


Rites of Passage
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…

You will understand the key stages in a Hindus life – 4 stages (birth, sacred thread, marriage and death ceremonies) and how these are practised.
You will explore the importance to Hindus of their family life, food and ritual purity, sexuality and relationships.
You will discover the Hindu contribution to their local community and society.
You will understand the problems of maintaining their religion and traditions in our society.

The Parables of Jesus
You will discover what a parable is and study three parables that Jesus taught.

The existence of God
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this chapter…

You will have considered the cosmological argument for the existence of God.
You will have explored the design argument.
You will have discussed religious experiences.
You will have explored the nature of faith.

The characteristics of God
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this chapter…

You will have considered why some religions have God in one form and others have him in many.
You will have discussed the meanings of the words used to describe God.
You will have explored the importance of the words used to describe God.


Revelation and enlightenment
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this chapter…

You will have explored how God reveals himself to the world through nature and people.
You will have discussed how God reveals himself through prayer, worship, visions and dreams.
You will have considered whether revelation is a reality or a illusion.

The problem of evil
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this chapter…

You will have discussed the different forms of evil.
You will have explored the religious views about the origins of evil.
You will have considered why there is evil and suffering in the world.
You will have understood how free will in linked to suffering and evil.
You will have explored the concept of Karma.
You will have an understanding of why there is evil and suffering in the world.

The compatibility of science and religion
Learning Intentions:  By the end of this chapter…

  • You will have discussed the various theories about the origins of the universe.
  • You will have an understanding of the religious view of the role of God in creation.
  • You will have explored the Darwinian view of evolution.
  • You will have considered the place of humanity in creation from a Darwinian and religious point of view. 
  • The Afterlife

Learning Intentions:  By the end of this chapter…

  • You will have explored different religious beliefs about what the afterlife is.
  • You will have discussed the evidence for an afterlife.
  • You will have discovered how the afterlife affects this life.

Christianity: Ethics:
1.  Matters of Life and death - Abortion, Euthanasia and capital punishment
2.  Equality – Social Justice, Prejudice and Discrimination.
3.  Personal and family matters - Sexual relationships, Drugs, marriage,
4.  Care for the Environment - The Environment, World Poverty
5.  War and Peace - War and Peace, Crime and Punishment

 

The Christian Family
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…   
      

  • You will have considered the Christian understanding of the family.
  • You will explore Christian attitudes towards sexuality, relationships and marriage; family responsibilities; parenting, family-related problems including divorce, family planning, care of the elderly, sick and handicapped.
  • You will discover different patterns of behaviour, with particular focus on current issues including child-abuse and abortion.  Different Christian organisations will be explore such as NCH or Dr. Barnardos.


Christian Society
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…

  • You will have looked at a Christian’s responsibilities to the society in which they live (stewardship for God the creator, love of neighbour/enemy)
  • You will have considered social issues including employment/unemployment/fellowship/environmental/ money.

Christians in the World
Learning Intentions: By the end of this unit…                 

  • You will have a basic awareness of the New Testament as a source of relevant teaching.
  • You will explore the Christian vision of fullness of life, dignity and justice for all.
  • You will study the life of Martin Luther King and how he responded to poverty, inequality and injustice.
  • You will study how The Corrymeela Community responded to conflict and violence and are working towards reconciliation.