Welcome to Life

Welcome to the Outwood Academy Portland Life department. In this department, we strive to provide an outstanding education for all students in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Citizenship studies and Personal, Social and Health Education. We provide a comprehensive and holistic curriculum preparing students for their life in the wider world. Students learn about a range of religious beliefs, global, national, social and personal issues, they develop an understanding of British values and there is a key focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
Students receive one hour of curriculum time each week in year 7-10 along with exciting homework projects to enhance their learning. The academic year is therefore split into topics which address one or more of the subjects at any one time.

In Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students cover a wide range of topics such as Ultimate Questions, The Holocaust and key Christian, Jewish and Buddhist beliefs, teachings and practices. During these lessons students are encouraged to not only examine and develop their own views but to also consider the views of others in a non-judgemental and safe environment.

To develop Citizenship skills students examine key topics such as British Values, Crime, Poverty and Multiculturalism. In lessons students are encouraged to consider their place in the wider world and develop both the skills and knowledge base which will be vital in their future. Students also receive several opportunities to practice ‘Active Citizenship’ in which they can write to various politicians, organisations and charities about the issues which are important to them.

Personal, Social and Health education is an opportunity for students to develop self-awareness and understanding, we cover topics such as interacting with other, online safety and key skill such as budgeting and career development. Current government regulations outline the delivery of Sex Education in KS3 and KS4, however in preparation for the proposed changes in legislation in 2019 to ensure that all students have a more broad, balanced and inclusive Sex and Relationships education (SRE), we are already making changes to the delivery of these topics to include topics relevant to young people in 21st century Britain such as sexting, relationships, LGBTQ and grooming. We believe that young people need to be fully prepared and educated about the issues, dangers and opportunities which they we face in their adult life to enable them to make, safe and considered decisions in the future.

Staff

Name Role
Natalie Parkin Head of RE/Citizenship/PSHE & Second in Humanities

Key Stage 3

In the KS3 curriculum students first address key areas of PSHE which are vital in enabling them to settle into a new and sometimes disorientating environment with people they may not know. Following this, students examine key religious beliefs and practices in Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism with the view to this being preparation for AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies at KS4. Following this in Y8 students look at key Citizenship areas such as British Values, Identity, Multiculturalism and Money. Collectively these allow students to reflect on their own views and equips them with the necessary skills for life in multicultural Britain. We aim to prepare students for the responsibilities, experiences and opportunities which they will encounter outside of school. It is paramount that students acquire the knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development both morally and socially.

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Year 7 Introduction to PSHE Ultimate Questions Introduction to Christianity: Key beliefs Christian Worpship and Festivals Introduction to Judaism: Key beliefs Introduction to Buddhism: Key beliefs
Year 8 Identity and Diversity The Holocaust The Law Looking after the world Money Matters Life after death

Key Stage 4

In KS4 students move on to look at Philosophical and Ethical topics such as Evil and Suffering, War and Peace, and Arguments surrounding the existence of God, allowing them to critically examine their own beliefs about a higher being and also interact with the views of others in a controlled and supported environment in preparation for the wider world. Citizenship topics covered include Human Rights, Immigration, Refugees, CV writing and interview skills to prepare students to be effective and contentious members of the wider community. We spend time looking at key PSHE topics such as healthy living, mental health, relationships and sexual health. These topics ensure that students receive their statutory sex education along with developing personal skills and knowledge which will support their future.

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Year 9 Drugs Crime and Punishment War and Peace Healthy Lifestyles Sex and Relationships Evil and Suffering
Year 10 Medical Issues Big Issues The Existence of God Science and Religion Human Rights Living in the Real World
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Natalie Parkin.

Key Stage 4 RE

GCSE Religious Studies is an optional subject for students who will follow the AQA (9-1) specification. In this course students develop skills such as evaluation and analysis helping them develop and consider their own views along with the beliefs and views of others. It supports students’ knowledge of multicultural Britain, while also having an emphasis on Christianity as the major religion in the UK.

During the course students cover the teachings, beliefs and practices of two world religions; Christianity and Judaism before examining philosophical and ethical topics and applying their knowledge of religion to these as well as also considering and developing their own views. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, when does life begin, evil and suffering, miracles, war, pacifism, weapons of mass destruction and the death penalty. The topics covered allow students to critically examine their own beliefs while considering the positions of others and the impact such beliefs can have on individuals and the decisions they make.

This course is 100% examination.

The full specification can be found on the AQA website

AQA (9-1) GCSE Religious Studies
Christianity Judaism Thematic Studies
The Nature of God The Nature of God Theme B: Religion and Life: Origins and value of the universe and human life, including abortion, euthanasia and the use of animals.
Jesus Christ and Salvation Beliefs about life after death, including judgement and resurrection
Worship and Festivals The Covenant and the Mitzvot Theme C: The existence of God and Revelation: Philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of the divine and revelation, including evil, suffering and miracles.
The Role and Meaning of the Sacraments Key moral principles including justice, healing the world, charity and kindness to others
The Role and Importance of Pilgrimage and Celebrations The importance of the sanctity of human life Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict: Religion, violence, terrorism and war and religion and belief in the 21st century including pacifism, weapons of mass destruction and Holy War.
The Role of the Church in the local and Worldwide Community The relationship between free will and the 613 mitzvoth
The Importance of the Worldwide Church Public acts of Worship Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment: Religion, crime and the causes of crime, religion and punishment, including corporal punishment, the death penalty and forgiveness.
Rituals and their significance
Festivals and their importance for Jews in Great Britain today