Beliefs Ethics and Philosophy is unlike any other subjects in the curriculum in that it has the unique opportunity to address life’s ‘Big Questions’. Within this subject, pupils are taken to the very heart of what it is to be human, where pupils can make sense of the world around them and develop the skills that will last them a lifetime in order to survive in the complex and diverse world in which we now live. Through the various themes and topics studied in BEP pupils can reflect, analyse, discuss and debate as well as explore the different issues that pupils face. Pupils who study Beliefs Ethics and Philosophy are pupils who have an understanding themselves, peers, their local community and the world in which they live. They will be able to form and articulate their personal opinion as well as be able to demonstrate tolerance and acceptance of those who have different values and beliefs.

Module Map

This is the programme of learning over the academic year for this subject.

Year 5

AutumnIntroduction to BEP,
Pupils will be introduced into what is Beliefs Ethics and Philosophy. This is placed at the beginning of the academic year to establish expectations and understanding of BEP.
Pupils will look at the signs for Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism and the meaning behind these signs. This topic is placed to help building confidence as many pupils will already have some knowledge of religious sings.
Pupils look at the different festival of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. They will find out why they are important to religious believers. This topic is placed here as many of the different religions have their festivals during this time.
SpringImportant People
Pupils will have an understanding who the important people are in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaisms. This topic continues to build on pupils prior knowledge and understanding from their first schools.
SpringImportant Buildings
Pupils will learn about the important buildings for Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jews. Also, pupils will have the opportunity to reflect on their own special places important to them. Within this topic pupils will also have an opportunity to show their design skills through making 3D places of worship. Also, if weather is good there might be opportunity to visit religious buildings in the local area.
SummerImportant Writings
Pupils will look at the writing of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. They will have opportunity to learn some of their stories, teachings and how the believers treat their holy writings. This brings to an end of looking at different religions based on different topics. Therefore, all pupils will have had all the basics covered regardless of what first schools they originated from.
SummerLife journeys
Pupils look at the way religions celebrate life events. This links with work they are doing in science Living and Growing. Areas such as birth, coming of age and marriage ceremonies will be looked. Also, how religions deal differently with death (very gentle and light).

Year 6

AutumnAbout Islam Core
In this module pupils follow the agreed format of Somerset SACRE. Pupils will study the Key beliefs of Islam (Submission to the will of Allah) Belief – Iman (faith) Messengers of Allah
SpringAbout Christian Core
In this module pupils follow the agreed format of Somerset SACRE for upper KS2 Christianity Key belief – Salvation Belief – God Belief – Incarnation Belief – Agape (selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love) (*Gospel)
Within this moduel pupils will look at the Key Beliefs of Dharma. (Right-living, respecting life, honouring Natural world) Deity (Brahman, Deva, Devi, Avatar) Atman (The Divine within) This module follows the agreed format from Somerset SACRE
This is a new discrete module to the KS2 curriculum in BEP. Pupils are to be familiar with the term ‘agnostic’ and its two related meanings. To have an understanding that some Humanists are agnostic. They should understand why Humanism is a life stance but not a religion. Understand how secular Humanists regard life and death. Pupils should know that the focus of their attention is on what can be achieved during this life in this world and that they hold that death is the end of life. To know how Humanists might celebrate marriage or conduct an event to mark the death of someone close to them. Be able to say how these differ from a religious ceremony and why. As well as be able to name two prominent Humanist scientists of the modern period and say something about their lives and contribution to our understanding of the world, e.g. Marie Curie, Helen Caldicott. Pupils at Maiden beech will also be made aware of the British Humanist Association (BHA) in promoting understanding of Humanism.

Year 7

AutumnIntroduction to BEP
This is a one off lesson where pupils will review and recap basic knowledge and understanding of religions. They will also be reminded of expectations of skills and attitudes required to well in BEP. This topic is placed at the beginning of the academic year to re-establish firm expectations.
AutumnWhat it is like to be a Sikh in Britain today
Pupils will look at the origins of the Sikh religion and their beliefs and practices. key teachings pupils will focus on are Guru - To know that the term Guru means ‘someone who leads you from darkness’ and is essential to find God. To know that the Guru Granth Sahib contains the teachings of humans Gurus Will. Understand Sikh beliefs are found in the Mul Mantra To know the key features of Guru Nanak's calling To know the key features of life of Guru Arjan Dev To know the key feature of the life of Guru Gobind Rai
SpringHuman rights and justice
Pupils will look at how religious people have been inspired by their beliefs to fight for justice. This topic coincides with English and History themes taught at this time of year.
SummerHumans and the Environment
Pupils will have a greater understanding of environmental issues and how different religions respond to the environment. This topic brings together different religious beliefs and how they impact the environment. It is also taught alongside complementary topics found in science and geography.
This is first time Humanism will be taught as a discrete module in KS3. This module follows the agreed Somerset SACRE format and pupils will study Be familiar with the terms ‘materialist’ and ‘materialism’ and be able to use the words ‘Humanist’, ‘Humanism’, ‘atheist’, ‘atheism’, ‘agnostic’, ‘agnosticism’, ‘secularist’, secular’, ‘materialist’ and ‘materialism’ correctly. Be able to name secular Humanists from a variety of ‘walks of life’ both past and present. Such as, Alfred Jules Ayer, Simone de Beauvoir, Brian Cox, Friedrich Engels, Ludwig Feuerbach, Stephen Fry, Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon, Karl Marx, Nigella Lawson, Sylvia Pankhurst, Philip Pullman. Be aware that the roots of Humanism can be found in the teachings of the ancient world, e.g. the work and influence of Confucius (551-479 BCE) in China and Democritus (c.450-370 BCE) in Greece, and that Humanism has a long and continuous history. Be able to state the aims of the BHA and talk about its work.

Year 8

AutumnIslam - Higher
Pupils will look at Islam in detail in preparation for their GCSE. in particular they will look at Muslims beliefs on the Oneness of God, Qur'an and other Holy writings, the hajj in detail, the night journey and the view of angels in Islam. This builds on from their year 6 work on Islam.
SpringChristianity - higher
This module looks at the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection. Pupils are taught many key Christian concepts which will be part of their GCSE studies. In particular the life of Jesus from birth through to his resurrection. This topic reviews and builds on from their year 6 topic.
SummerLooking for God
Pupils will be studying and considering the existence of God and revelation. Pupils will look at the different arguments on the creation of the universe. This topic is placed here as pupils will not have the opportunity to consider philosophy contained in this topic in the next school.
At Maiden Beech pupils will study Buddhism and how the Buddha’s investigation of the way things are in the universe for all sentient beings, Humans and animals. Key beliefs of study are The 3 jewels. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

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