HEAD OF HUMANITIES – MISS J GLEEN – JGL@CHENEY.OXON.SCH.UK
Religious Education at Cheney covers many topics, includig philosophical and ethical questions in each year. This is to develop each student as a questioning learner, interested in current affairs and issues in today’s world.
Miss J Gleen Head of Humanities
Ms W Makweza – Key Stage 3 Humanities Leader
Mrs A Pether – Teacher
Ms D Wallington – Teacher
Mr T Playfair – Teacher
Religious Education at Cheney covers many topics, including philosophical and ethical questions in each year. This is to develop each student as a questioning learner, interested in current affairs and issues in today’s world.
KEY STAGE THREE
During Year 7 and 8, students study the religions of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism, and throughout the two years apply these religions to issues such as the problem of suffering, does God exist? Why is Jerusalem important, our rights and responsibilities in the world.
Year 7 assessments are:
- Term 1: What do people believe about God?
- Term 3: What happened to Jesus’ body? (Newspaper article)
- Term 4: Design a Gurdwara for Oxford
Year 8 assessments are:
- Term 1: Speech on ‘Does suffering make it hard to believe in God?’
- Term 3: Essay: ‘Is religion a force for good or bad?’
- Term 6: End of unit assessment (assortment of questions) on ‘Is it fair?’
KEY STAGE FOUR
Year 9 will be study the full course GCSE Religious Studies. They will be exploring the unit ‘Life Issues’ from WJEC, which encompasses the following topics:
- Is it fair? (begun in Year 8) – this explores human rights, wealth and poverty and religious reactions to these issues.
- Our World – this explores the relationship between science and religion, including looking at the religious creation stories, and religious believers care for the Earth.
- Relationships – this explores the concept of marriage in religions.
- Looking for meaning – this unit considers the concept of God, including religious beliefs in life after death.
All units are assessed through exam questions during lessons, culminating in an end of unit exam question paper.
The religions taught for the GCSE in both years are Islam and Christianity.
KEY STAGE FIVE
OCR Philosophy and Ethics is the study of the key moral and ethical issues in life, exploring various philosophical and ethical theories, which are then applied to ethical issues.
Year 12: Ancient Greek philosophy, Judeo-Christian philosophy, arguments and challenges to the existence of God (e.g. the Problem of Evil); ethical theories (such as Natural Law) and applying these theories to ethical issues, e.g. euthanasia.
Year 13: Religious language, religious experiences, life and death; freewill and determinism, meta-ethics, the conscience, virtue ethics.
This course is assessed through essay questions and exam papers throughout the year.
We also offer Sociology at A Level and follow the OCR course. Sociology inspires students to reflect upon the world we live in, fostering an understanding of the inter-relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies. It enables students to develop critical thinking and appreciate theoretical and conceptual issues.