Philosophy & Ethics

5 Year Curriculum Plan Philosophy and Ethics

Year 7Year 8 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn 1What is belief?
Introductory topic looking at personal belief and that of others
Religion and the environment
How did the world begin?
Can Science and religion agree?
How should we act towards our earth?
AQA links- beliefs & teachings
and theme B
Beliefs and teachings
* The nature of God.
*Different Christian beliefs about creation
*Christian beliefs about the afterlife.
• the incarnation and Jesus as the Son of God
• the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension
• sin, including original sin
• the means of salvation, including law, grace and Spirit
• the role of Christ in salvation including the idea of atonement.
Beliefs and teachings
• The nature of God as expressed in the Mool Mantra
• The nature of human life as an opportunity to unite with God
• Beliefs in karma and rebirth
• The five stages of liberation
• The importance of being gurmukh (God-centred)
• Belief in the oneness of humanity
• The expression of the equality of all in
• Sewa: the importance and priority of service
• The role and importance of the sangat (religious community).
Autumn 2A question of faith
A look at the core beliefs within a faith with a focus on key teachings and leaders/ founders:
Eg. Five pillars of Islam, five k’s, 10 Commandments…

AQA links- beliefs & teachings
Poverty and Wealth
Causes of poverty
Do religious people have a duty towards the poor?- Zakat, tithe…
Charities and the work they do

AQA links- practices and theme F
• Different forms of worship
• private worship.
• Prayer and its significance
• The role and meaning of the sacraments
• The role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations
• The role of the Church in the local community, including food banks and street pastors.
• The place of mission, evangelism and Church growth.
• The importance of the worldwide Church

• Religious features of the gurdwara
• The role of the gurdwara within the Sikh community.
• The role of prayer in the home
• The role and importance of the akhand path.
• The meaning and significance of langar
• The significance of meditating on the name of God
• Festivals and their importance for Sikhs in Great Britain today
• Gurpurbs
• The importance of visiting Sikh historical gurdwaras
• Birth and naming ceremonies
• The initiation ceremony
• The significance and use of the names Singh and Kaur.
Spring 1A place to worship
A look at religious buildings and the significance to a believer
Similarities and differences within and across religions

AQA links- beliefs & teachings
Prejudice and discrimination
Understanding the terms
Human rights
Religious discrimination, racism, sexism

AQA links- Theme F
Theme B: Religion and life
• The origins of the universe
• the relationship between scientific views and religious views.
• The value of the world
• The use and abuse of the environment
• The use and abuse of animals
• The origins of life, including
• religious teachings about the origins of human life
• the relationship between scientific views, such as evolution, and religious views.
• The concepts of sanctity of life and the quality of life.
• Abortion.
• Ethical arguments related to abortion
• Euthanasia.
• Beliefs about death and an afterlife
Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice
• Prejudice and discrimination in religion and belief
• Issues of equality, freedom of religion and belief
• Human rights and the responsibilities that come with rights
• Social justice.
• Racial prejudice and discrimination.
• Ethical arguments related to racial discrimination
• Wealth, including:
• the right attitude to wealth
• the uses of wealth.
• The responsibilities of wealth, including the duty to tackle poverty and its causes.
• Exploitation of the poor
• The responsibilities of those living in poverty
• Charity
Spring 2A place to worship
A look at religious buildings and the significance to a believer
Similarities and differences within and across religions

AQA links- beliefs & teachings
Philosophy of religion
Reasons for and against belief
Focus on: the problem of evil, the miracle argument, religious experience argument, philosophical arguments

AQA links- beliefs & teachings and theme C
Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict
• The meaning and significance of:
• peace
• justice
• forgiveness
• reconciliation.
• Violence, including violent protest.
• Terrorism.
• Reasons for war, including greed, self-defence and retaliation.
• The just war theory, including the criteria for a just war.
• Holy war.
• Pacifism.
• Religion and belief as a cause of war and violence in the contemporary world.
• Nuclear weapons
• The use of weapons of mass destruction.
• Religion and peace-making in the contemporary world
• Religious responses to the victims of war
Revision/ examination preparation
Summer 1A reason to celebrate
How and why religions celebrate festivals.

AQA links- beliefs & teachings
Religion, peace and justice
What is justice?
War- rights and wrongs
Capital punishment

AQA links- Theme D
Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment
• Corporal punishment.
• Death penalty.
• Forgiveness.
• Good and evil intentions and actions
• Reasons for crime
• Views about different types of crime, including hate crimes, theft and murder.
• The aims of punishment:
• retribution
• deterrence
• reformation.
• The treatment of criminals
• Forgiveness.
• The death penalty.
• Ethical arguments related to the death penalty
Revision/ examination preparation
Summer 2Can one person make a difference?
Role models
Influential religious figures: focus on Malala and Martin Luther King

AQA links- beliefs & teachings
Religion and the Media
How is religion portrayed in the media/ film/ internet/ news/ tv programmes?
Revision/ preparation for year 10 examinations to be included as per calendared examinations.