Religious Education

Aims of the Department

The R.E. Department wants boys to both to understand and engage with the big questions of life.  These include questions such as, “Where did the world come from?”, “What is our purpose in life?”, “What is right and wrong?”, “Does anything happen after we die?” and “Is there a God?”.

Each year boys will do an in depth study of Christianity which will include looking at passages from the Bible.  They will also study one world religion and a unit in either philosophy or ethics.  The department aims for all boys to leave The Fulham Boys School with a developed and nuanced understanding of religion around them, particularly the Christian faith the school is built upon, and an ability to articulate in a mature, thoughtful and reasoned way their own responses to the big questions of life.

Our approach to lessons

The RE Department plans lessons that engage boys and allow each of them to make progress, whatever their ability, personality, background or prior knowledge.  We design programmes of study that ask boys big questions and provide resources that interest and challenge them.

A particular focus of the department is to connect the sometimes abstract concepts in religion and philosophy with the boys’ daily lives, using illustrations, contemporary examples and pieces of reflective writing.  Boys are given regular and clear feedback on how to improve and always have the opportunity to respond to this in their books.

Lessons

The RE Department wants boys to both understand and engage with the big questions of life.  These include questions such as, “Where did the world come from?”, “What is our purpose in life?”, “What is right and wrong?”, “Does anything happen after we die?” and “Is there a God?”.

Each year boys will do an in depth study of Christianity which will include looking at passages from the Bible.  They will also study one world religion and a unit in either philosophy or ethics. The department aims for all boys to leave The Fulham Boys School with a developed and nuanced understanding of religion around them, particularly the Christian faith the school is built upon, and an ability to articulate in a mature, thoughtful and reasoned way their own responses to the big questions of life.

Department Staff

  • David Smith, Head of Religious Education, d.smith@fulhamboysschool.org.uk
  • Sam Brown, School Chaplain
  • Ben Maddison, Assistant Head Teacher
  • Aaron Long, Head of Wilberforce House
  • Dan Jarvis, RE teacher

 

Year 7 curriculum 

Unit 1 - What’s the Bible all about? (Bible overview)

  • Creation of the world (Genesis 1)
  • The Fall and sin (Genesis 3)
  • Promises God makes to Abraham and David (Genesis 12 and 2 Samuel 7)
  • Jesus (The Gospels)
  • The end of the world (Revelation 20-21)

Unit 2 - Winter Festivals

  • Introduction to festivals
  • Diwali
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas

Unit 3 - Islam: the five pillars

  • What is a Muslim?
  • Shahadah: belief
  • Who was Muhammad?
  • Salah: prayer
  • Zakah: charity
  • Sawm: fasting
  • Hajj: pilgrimage

Unit 4 - Ethics of War

  • Introduction to ethics 
  • Causes and consequences of war
  • War is sometimes right: Just War Theory
  • War is always wrong: pacifism
  • The morality of nuclear weapons

Unit 5 - Christianity, wealth and poverty

  • Facts about wealth and poverty around the world
  • Causes of poverty
  • The Bible’s teaching about money
  • Christian charities

How the boys will be assessed in Year 7:

A range of written essays in class and examination style papers under exam conditions. 

 

Year 8 curriculum

Unit 1 - Christian beliefs about God

  • General and special revelation
  • God as Trinity
  • God as creator
  • God as law-giver
  • God as judge
  • God as rescuer

Unit 2 - Christianity and media

  • Christianity in films (Life of Brian, Bruce Almighty, Passion of the Christ, Lord of the Rings)
  • Christianity in art (Sistine Chapel, Christ the Redeemer, Tower of Babel, Freedom in Christ)
  • Christianity in music (10,000 Reasons, See you again, All creatures of our God and king)
  • Perceptions of Christianity in newspaper columns (Guardian and Economist) 
  • Censorship and free speech around the world

Unit 3 - Hinduism

  • Introduction to Hinduism
  • Beliefs about God and the gods
  • Beliefs about life, death and life after death (samsara, moksha, etc) 
  • Karma and the caste system
  • Worship at the Mandir
  • Hinduism & Christianity

Unit 4 - Ethics, crime and punishment

  • Causes of crime
  • 6 reasons for punishment (retribution, deterrence, vindication, protection, reformation, reparation) 
  • Arguments for capital punishment
  • Arguments against capital punishment
  • Christian views on capital punishment

Unit 5 - Famous Christians from history

Boys complete an enterprise project/independent research on a famous Christian from history.  These can include:

  • William Wilberforce
  • Eric Liddell
  • Martin Luther

How the boys will be assessed in Year 8 

A range of written essays in class and examination style papers under exam conditions. 

 

Year 9 curriculum

Unit 1 - Churches and Church Leaders

  • Different types of churches
  • What does a church leader spend his time doing?
  • Q&A with a church leader
  • Different church architecture and its meaning
  • Sights and sounds in a church
  • What is the purpose of a church?

Unit 2 - The relationship between mankind and God

  • Creation
  • Sin (The depravity of man)
  • The Law (the 10 commandments)
  • Sacrifice and atonement
  • The Sermon on the Mount
  • The Holy Spirit

How the boys will be assessed in Year 9 

Examination style papers under exam conditions. 


GCSE

All students will be following the AQA Religious Studies specification for the full course GCSE. The GCSE is covered over two one hour and 45 minute exam papers:

Paper 1 - Religions (one hour and 45 minutes)

  • Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings
  • Christianity: Practices
  • Judaism: Beliefs and Teachings
  • Judaism: Practices

Total marks = 101 (5 marks for SPAG)

Paper 2 - Themes (one hour and 45 minutes)

  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment
  • Mark’s Gospel: the life of Jesus
  • Mark’s Gospel: sources of truth

Total marks = 101 (5 marks for SPAG)


For each section of the paper there is a 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 mark question.

This should take 25 minutes.

Year 9 curriculum (from January)

Jewish beliefs

  • Introduction to Judaism
  • God as One (Shema)
  • God as creator
  • Good and evil
  • God as law-giver and judge
  • Divine presence (Shekhinah)
  • Life after death, judgment and resurrection
  • Promised land and covenant with Abraham
  • 10 Commandments and covenants with Moses
  • Key moral principles: justice, healing the world, charity and kindness to others
  • Sanctity of life and Pikuach Nefesh
  • Free will and 613 mitzvot

Jewish practices

  • Introduction to the synagogue
  • Design of the synagogue and key objects
  • Orthodox and Reform synagogues
  • Shabbat at home and synagogue
  • Worship in the home and private prayer
  • Written and oral law
  • Life cycle ceremonies
  • Brit milah
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah
  • Marriage
  • Funerals and mourning
  • Dietary laws
  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • Pesach

Religion, peace and conflict

  • Introduction to religion, peace and conflict
  • Key principles: peace and justice
  • Key principles: forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Types of protest, violent protest and terrorism
  • Reasons for war
  • Nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction
  • The Just War
  • Holy war and religions as a cause of violence
  • Pacifism and peace-making
  • Religious response to victims of violence

How the boys will be assessed in Year 9

  • AQA past paper questions.
  • All exams will be accumulated and involve all topics studied.
  • Smaller exams (25 minutes and 50 minutes) to be taken in classrooms.
  • Larger exams (one hour and 45 minutes) to be taken in the hall.

Year 10 curriculum

Religion, peace and conflict

  • Introduction to religion, peace and conflict
  • Key principles: peace and justice
  • Key principles: forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Types of protest, violent protest and terrorism
  • Reasons for war
  • Nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction
  • The Just War
  • Holy war and religions as a cause of violence
  • Pacifism and peace-making
  • Religious response to victims of violence

Mark’s Gospel & the life of Jesus

  • Background to Mark’s Gospel
  • Titles of Jesus
  • 1:1-8 (John’s preparation for Jesus’ ministry)
  • 1:9-13 (baptism and temptation)
  • 2:1-12 (paralysed man)
  • 5 (Jairus’ daughter)
  • 6:1-6 (rejection at Nazareth)
  • 6:30-44 (feeding of the 5,000)
  • Jesus as a miracle worker.  Conservative and liberal views on historicity of miracle stories
  • 8 (conversation at Caeserea)
  • 9 (Transfiguration)
  • 10 (Jesus’ passion prediction)
  • 10 (request of James and John)
  • Jesus as teacher
  • Bartimeus
  • Entry into Jerusalem
  • Gethsemane 
  • Trial before Jewish authorities
  • Trial before Pilate
  • Crucifixion and burial
  • Empty tomb
  • Authority of Mark’s Gospel in 21st century

Christian beliefs

  • The nature of God
  • Omnipotent, loving, just
  • Oneness of God and Trinity
  • Christian beliefs about creation
  • Incarnation and Jesus
  • Jesus as Son of God
  • The crucifixion
  • The Resurrection
  • The ascension
  • Resurrection and life after death
  • The afterlife and judgment
  • Heaven and hell
  • Sin and salvation
  • The role of Christ in salvation

Christian practices

  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • Baptism
  • Holy Communion
  • Celebrating Holy Communion
  • Pilgrimage
  • Celebrating festivals
  • The role of the church in the local community
  • The place of mission and evangelism
  • Church growth
  • The importance of the worldwide church
  • Christian persecution
  • The church’s response to world poverty

How the boys will be assessed in Year 10

  • AQA past paper questions.
  • All exams will be accumulated and involve all topics studied.
  • Smaller exams (25 minutes and 50 minutes) to be taken in classrooms.
  • Larger exams (one hour and 45 minutes) to be taken in the hall.

Year 11 curriculum

Religion, crime and punishment

  • Introduction to crime and punishment
  • Reasons for crime
  • Attitudes to lawbreakers and different types of crime
  • Three aims of punishment
  • Attitudes to suffering and causing suffering to others
  • Attitudes to the treatment of criminals - prison, corporal punishment and community service
  • Attitudes to forgiveness
  • Death penalty

Mark’s Gospel: Themes

  • Parable of the sower
  • Parable of the growing seed
  • Parable of the mustard seed
  • Jesus and the children
  • The rich man
  • The greatest commandment
  • The man with leprosy
  • The call of Levi
  • The Greek woman
  • The demon-possessed man
  • The widow at the treasury
  • The anointing at Bethany
  • The call of the first disciples
  • The woman with a hemorrhage
  • The mission with the 12
  • The costs and rewards of discipleship
  • Peter’s denials
  • The commission and ascension 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 11

  • AQA past paper questions.
  • All exams will be accumulated and involve all topics studied.
  • Smaller exams (25 minutes and 50 minutes) to be taken in classrooms.
  • Larger exams (one hour and 45 minutes) to be taken in the hall.

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