Sir Graham Balfour School

A member of the Sir Graham Balfour Multi-Academy Trust

SMSC

Subject overview

SMSC at Sir Graham Balfour School attempts to address the following key aims:

To make students aware of the Values and Attitudes needed to be successful in life in the 21st century.
 
To give students the tools to:

  • Develop a spiritual nature
  • Develop a moral compass
  • To promote understanding and acceptance of society and the cultures within it.

GCSE Religious Studies

Exam Board – OCR Religions Studies

Brief overview of modules studied.  This should be no more than 100 words for each individual module.

Year 10

Beliefs and teachings (Christianity)

  • The nature of God
  • The concept of God as a Trinity of persons
  • Biblical accounts of Creation
  • The problem of evil and suffering and a loving and righteous God
  • Jesus Christ
  • The incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension
  • The concept of salvation
  • Eschatological beliefs and teachings

Practices

  • The role and importance of pilgrimage
  • The role of the Church in the local community and living practices
  • The role of the Church in the wider world

Beliefs and teachings (Buddhism)

  • Buddha and Enlightenment
  • The Dhamma
  • The first noble truth
  • The second noble truth
  • The third noble truth
  • The fourth noble truth
  • The human personality
  • Human destiny
  • Ethical teachings
  • The application of Buddhist principles in modern life

Practices

  • Sacred and significant spaces and places for Buddhists
  • The Sangha
  • Attitudes to death and mourning

Year 11

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world (Christian)

  • Relationships and families
  • The existence of God
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Dialogue within and between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes

Year 11

Brief overview of modules studied.  This should be no more than 100 words for each individual module.

In the final year of the SMSC scheme we move onto more ethical issues such as ‘Medical Ethics’ we then go on to complete a ‘Life Skills’ scheme where we look at important issues mental health, dealing with money and domestic violence.

Year 10

Brief overview of modules studied.  This should be no more than 100 words for each individual module.

In year 10 students study ‘Religion, Sport and Leisure’, which covers many topics including 'Sport and Religion', 'Homosexuality and Sport',  students also get the opportunity to film a news programme based on what we have studied in class.  We also study ‘War and Conflict’ and ‘Crime and Punishment’.

Year 9

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In year 9 the students study ‘Evil and Suffering’, ‘Democracy’, ‘Debating’ and ‘Politics’.  There are many opportunities for discussion and debate within all of these topics and we begin to approach the schemes of work from a more philosophical point of view.

Year 8

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The year 8 students study ‘Creation stories’ where they look at many stories from religion, science and various cultures.  They also study ‘Festival and Celebrations’ and ‘Inspirational People’ where again they complete a homework project on a particular inspirational person.

Year 7

Brief overview of modules studied.  This should be no more than 100 words for each individual module.

In year 7 students study a cross curricular module with Geography and History on Cambodia, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Rights and Responsibilities’.  They have to complete some interesting homework projects which include treasure boxes and advent calendars.

 

Address

Sir Graham Balfour School
North Avenue
Stafford
ST16 1NR

For Sat Nav directions:

ST16 1NJ

Phone

01785 223490

Email

office@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk