Life Studies is a combination of Religious Education and Citizenship. Many areas of these subjects are closely related and by linking them has shown a benefit to the children’s learning.
The Religious Education element follows the North Tyneside Agreed Syllabus. Emphasis is placed on allowing pupils to explore religion in a tolerant atmosphere. The overall aim is not to indoctrinate, but to develop respect for different beliefs and to enable individual pupils to discover their own personal values.
Methods of study are varied. Pupils can involve themselves in role play and discussion work, as well as creative writing, non-fiction writing and project work. A variety of resources are employed and use is made of artefacts, the Internet, video, CD-roms and audio cassettes where appropriate.
The two attainment targets in RE are ‘Learning About Religion’ and ‘Learning from Religion,’ both of these elements are explored in each year group. Through these attainment targets, pupils learn about religion, but can also derive personal insight and develop their own responses to religious issues. The Agreed Syllabus is regularly updated and reviewed by North Tyneside.
If the parents of any pupil request that he / she be excused from attendance at acts of collective worship or Religious Education the pupil shall be excused. Parents are urged to consider carefully before taking such a step.
Autumn: Islam and British Values
How should we behave?
What are the key beliefs of Islam?
How did Islam develop in Makkah?
How did different groups react to the new ideas being presented by Muhammad?
What are British Values?
Why are values important?
How do they affect us?
Spring: Holocaust, Pilgrimage and Ultimate Questions.
What is genocide?
Why should we remember the Holocaust?
Why do some people believe the Holocaust did not happen?
Why is pilgrimage so important to Muslims?
How did we get here?
What happens after you die?
Is there proof that God does not exist?
Summer: Moral Questions and Issues
What would you do if you found …?
Should the Death Penalty be reintroduced?
Should aid be given to other countries?
If clothes were sewn by children should we buy them?
How do we respond to peer pressure?
How can we be confident?
What impact does social media really have in our lives?
Autumn: Key Christian Beliefs and the Holocaust
What are rights and responsibilities?
What is the Trinity?
What are the key Christian beliefs?
Why did some people not like Jesus’ message?
Was Jesus just an ordinary man?
What is genocide?
Why should Holocaust Memorial Day be remembered?
Can individuals make a difference in the world?
Spring: Parables or Miracles? Sikhism.
How can a 2000 year old story help us today?
Do we learn better from words or actions?
How did Sikhism begin?
What are the key beliefs of Sikhism?
Is it hard being a Sikh in Britain?
What can be learnt from the Langar?
Summer: Religious comparison, Human Rights and What comes next?
How is Sikhism similar/different to other key religions?
What are Human Rights?
Does everyone have them?
Are they always the same?
What comes next? – looking at careers, university, high school.