Programmes of Study: Ages 11-14
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SUBJECT CONTENT in the Programme of Study Ages 11-14
Pupils should be taught about:
BI 1: Continuity, Change and Diversity
- the proportions of the world’s population who belong to religions and worldviews noting the limitations of such statistics
- important features of each religion / worldview being studied and how these features interrelate
- the importance of understanding each religion / worldview in relation to its historical and cultural setting
- important differences in beliefs, values and practices between religions / worldviews but also close connections between some of them for historical and cultural reasons
- how religions / worldviews tend to be made up of several smaller groups that usually share core beliefs and practices but also have many differences.
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BI 2: Words and Beyond
- texts that are believed by some to be divinely inspired or revealed
- ways in which people convey their beliefs, values, commitments and identities through the arts and other media
- how texts and works of art may be subject to different interpretations.
BI 3: A Good Life
- different ways in which people apply moral teachings created a long time ago to issues in today’s world
- the different sources of moral guidance used in religions / worldviews
- different opinions on the consequences of our moral actions for ourselves and others.
BI 4: Making Sense of Life’s Experiences
- what people might mean by ‘mystical’, ‘spiritual’, ‘religious’ or ‘peak’ experiences
- different meanings given to the ‘spiritual dimension of human beings’ including the denial of any such dimension
- how experience of religious rituals and other practices help some people make a connection with God or gods and with each other, or with what is most important to them
- the experiences of a few key people that are believed to have given them extraordinary insights into the nature of reality.
BI 5: Influence and Power
- the influence of religions / worldviews in individual, local, national and global contexts
- how religions / worldviews may exert different levels of influence in different places and at different times.
BI 6: The Big Picture
- what people might mean by terms such as ‘religion’, ‘religious’, ‘non-religious’, ‘secular’, ‘atheist’, ‘agnostic’
- the coherent accounts, sometimes called ‘grand narratives’, provided by many religions / worldviews to describe what the universe is like and why it is as it is
- how, for many religious people, the most important sources of their big picture of the world are their sacred texts, often believed to have been divinely inspired
- the many people who identify with narratives that deny the existence of any divine beings or predetermined purpose in life
- people who see no need for a grand narrative that explains everything, whether religious or not.
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