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.
In Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students cover a wide range of topics such as Ultimate Questions, The Holocaust and key religious 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, Identity and Diversity, The Law 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 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 others, online safety and key skills such as budgeting and career development. Current government regulations outline the delivery of Sex Education in across the curriculum, however in preparation for the proposed changes in legislation for statutory content in 2020 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, FGM and grooming. We believe that young people need to be fully prepared and educated about the issues, dangers and opportunities which they may face in their adult life to enable them to make, safe and considered decisions in the future.
|Natalie Parkin||Head of Humanities|
|Year 7||Getting started||Life in Modern Britain||Active citizenship||Money||Philosophy and Ethics||Introduction to World Religions||Christianity 1||Humanism|
|Year 8||Life After death||Judaism||Holocaust||Christianity 2||Laws||Media||Healthy lifestyles|
|Year 9||Mental Health||Drugs||Sex and relationships||UK democracy||Crime and punishment||Christianity|
|Year 10||Philosophical thinking||The Problem of evil||Sikhism||Gangs, hate crime and knife crime||Human rights||Stay safe||Careers|
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.
|AQA (9-1) GCSE Religious 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|