Religious studies

Burlington Danes Academy is proud of its Church of England status and throughout all key stages we promote the Christian ethos and values whilst engaging with all other world religions, spiritualities and worldviews.

KEY STAGE 3

Throughout years 7-9 we provide a curriculum that has a balanced representation of different world religions. In Year 7 students look at world religions in depth, often through historical narratives which can be applied to modern day living. Students are immersed in a Judeo-Christian historical exploration after learning the key skills needed to be a good theologian and finishing the year learning how to be independent and critical thinkers using philosophy as a platform. We believe that these challenging and ‘higher’ skills are necessary at a young age for an excellent foundation later on.

In Year 8 students build upon their understanding of religion through some major faiths and finish the year by looking at new world religions as a more contemporary theological study. In Year 9 students focus more heavily upon ethics and sociology in good preparation for their GCSE topics later on.
Christianity is interspersed throughout the Key Stage 3 curriculum looking at Christmas, Easter, Pilgrimage, Denominations and Worship.

YEAR 7

  • Half Term 1: R.E Detective: Skills, Symbols & Artefacts
  • Half Term 2: Creation Myths. Jesus: Christmas
  • Half Term 3: Judaism
  • Half Term 4: Jesus: Easter
  • Half Term 5: Pilgrimage
  • Half Term 6: Philosophy & Theology

YEAR 8

  • Half Term 1: Sikhism
  • Half Term 2: Buddhism
  • Half Term 3: Islam
  • Half Term 4: Church Denominations
  • Half Term 5: Christian Worship
  • Half Term 6: New World Religions

YEAR 9

  • Half Term 1: Moral Exemplars: Martin Luther King & Malcolm X
  • Half Term 2: Marriage & the Family
  • Half Term 3: Hinduism
  • Half Term 4: Religion & Secularism
  • Half Term 5: Good & Evil
  • Half Term 6: Multi-Cultural Britain

KEY STAGE 4 (Edexcel)

In Year 10 and 11 students study ethical and moral issues which make up two separate examinations leading to a full GCSE qualification. These are taken at the end of Year 11. Students develop key skills in writing to time with a focus on explanation and evaluation. The results have consistently been of the highest in the academy, with staff who structure and scaffold work tailored for the appropriate set they teach.

Students are regularly monitored and have the opportunity to move between sets within two groups (sets 1-3 and sets 4-6) according to their half-term assessments. Homework is set regularly and will always be exam focused to thoroughly prepare them for the reality of their GCSE.

YEAR 10

  • Half Term 1: Religion & Life: Believing in God
  • Half Term 2: Religion & Life: Believing in God
  • Half Term 3: Religion & Life: Matters of Life & Death
  • Half Term 4: Religion & Life: Marriage & the Family
  • Half Term 5: Religion & Life: Community Cohesion
  • Half Term 6: Religion & Life: Community Cohesion

YEAR 11

  • Half Term 1: Religion & Society: Rights & Responsibility
  • Half Term 2: Religion & Society: Environmental & Medical Issues
  • Half Term 3: Religion & Society: Peace & Conflict
  • Half Term 4: Religion & Society: Crime & Punishment
  • Half Term 5: Revision
  • Half Term 6: Examinations

THEOLOGY (Edexcel)

Theology is a subject which was originally taught in medieval universities across Italy, Spain, France and England alongside the Arts, Law and Medicine. The skills that are found in this traditional academic subject are diverse and cross-curricular.

Theology is effectively a systematic and rational ‘study of God’, embedding the skills of reasoning, analysis, historical interpretation, critical thinking and contextualisation which we do through the eyes of Christianity and Islam; it is therefore a subject that often best suits people of faith. It is a subject which universities highly regard as worthwhile due to its versatile nature even though it is often not a requirement for many degrees, it will sit alongside Science or Maths A Levels well to show diversity or complement others such as History or English Literature. Cambridge University in particular considers Theology as a good subject for studying the Arts or Social Sciences. The course is made up of two exams at the end of each year.

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: Christianity: Doctrine of God. Islam: Five Pillars. Comparative Study of Islam & Christianity
  • Half Term 2: Christianity: Doctrine of God. Islam: Five Pillars. Comparative Study of Islam & Christianity
  • Half Term 3: Christianity: Doctrine of God. Islam: Five Pillars. Comparative Study of Islam & Christianity
  • Half Term 4: Christianity: The Sacraments. Islam: Six Beliefs. Comparative Study of Islam & Christianity
  • Half Term 5: Revision
  • Half Term 6: Examinations

YEAR 13

  • Half Term 1: Christianity: The Ecumenical Movement. The Doctrine of the Trinity. Islam: The Rightly Guided Caliphs
  • Half Term 2: Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Doctrine of Trinity. Islam: The Rightly Guided Caliphs
  • Half Term 3: Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Soteriology. Islam: The State of Iran. Set Texts: Dimensions of Religion (Smart) & Philosophical Issues in Religion (Wainwright)
  • Half Term 4: Christianity: Liberation Theology. Eschatology. Islam: Sufism. Set Texts: Ethics & Religion (Preston)
  • Half Term 5: Revision
  • Halft Term 6: Examinations

PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS (AQA)

Philosophy & Ethics is a subject which is made up of the philosophy of religion (which is the love of human wisdom as it understands religion) and moral philosophy (which is systematically defending and recommending the concepts of right and wrong behaviour). This is applied in the form of arguments about the existence of God and an application to medical ethical issues. This subject is often suited for people of faith, agnostic or atheist which can create a healthy debate in class as students work through rational and logical propositions.

The skills that are acquired from this subject are versatile in nature with students developing proficiency in analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. Universities value this subject highly as an academic discipline which finds its foundations on western Greek ideology. Students who study Psychology, Sciences, English Literature and History will find this complementary and also a useful addition to A Levels that are preparing students for a degree in Medicine.

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: Philosophy: Cosmological Argument. Philosophy: Psychology of Religion. Ethics: Utilitarianism
  • Half Term 2: Philosophy: Cosmological Argument. Philosophy: Psychology of Religion. Ethics: Situation Ethics
  • Half Term 3: Philosophy: Religious Experience. Philosophy: Atheism & Postmodernism. ethics. Nature & Value of Human Life
  • Half Term 4: Philosophy: Religious Experience. Philosophy: Atheism & Postmodernism. Ethics: Abortion & Euthanasia
  • Half Term 5: Revision
  • Half Term 6: Examinations

YEAR 13

  • Half Term 1: Philosophy: Ontological Argument. Ways of Moral Decision Making: Medical Research
  • Half Term 2: Philosophy: Religious Language. Ways of Moral Decision Making: Medical Research
  • Half Term 3: Philosophy: Body, Soul & Personal Identity. Ways of Moral Decision Making: Medical Research
  • Half Term 4: Philosophy: The Problem of Evil. Ways of Moral Decision Making: Medical Research
  • Half Term 5: Revision
  • Half Term 6: Examinations