Key Stage 3
JCoSS is committed to educating and creating literate Jews, who have a substantial knowledge and skills base that will inform their Jewish identities and secure their commitment to a life-long Jewish journey. The curriculum consists of building blocks that develop over the three years of KS3.
The curriculum is approached thematically. Year 7 – Family; Year 8 – Peoplehood; Year 9 – Leadership. The themes of diversity and difference, Tikun Olam (World Repair), and Bein Adam Le Chavero, (treatment of our fellow humans) pervade each aspect of the curriculum.
This thematic approach enables students to make connections across subjects, with a strong emphasis on the acquisition of skills and the unique responsibility of personal social action.
The pedagogic method employed are consistent throughout the key stage and will reflect the values unique to JCoSS. Machloket (informed debate) is at the heart of learning, difference will be celebrated and diversity respected. Texts are analysed through a plurality of methods: literary, historical, and values oriented. The full range of Jewish sources are used and opportunities to study independently are encouraged.
There is a strong emphasis on skills acquisition, to ensure that a JCoSS student is fully equipped to continue their Jewish journey far beyond the school gates.
JCoSS also offers a Beit Midrash track for those students who are highly motivated.
Key Stage 4
All JCoSS students study the GCSE in Religious Studies. The course helps students develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of Religion and its relation to the wider world.
The course encourages personal response and informed insight on fundamental questions about: identity ; belonging; meaning; purpose; truth; values; commitments.
The GCSE is distinctive in providing the opportunity for the systematic study of the beliefs, sources of authority, practices and organisation of an in depth study of Judaism.
World Religions at JCoSS
JCoSS is committed to the study of World Religions, as we are all citizens of the world. Studying World Religions provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about G-d, the self, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. At JCoSS we are dedicated to developing students’ knowledge and understanding of other principal religions, other religious traditions, and different world views that offer answers to challenging questions. Engaging in the study of World Religion enables students to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. It also enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity towards others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. We are able to use these lessons to promote discernment and equip pupils to combat prejudice.
In year 7 students will be focussing on the concept of Christianity and Justice, engaging in discussions about what Biblical figures as well as modern leaders have done to promote justice. They will have an opportunity to develop their own ideas about how they could promote justice in their own communities and the world as a whole. In year 8 students will be introduced to different ways of practicing Faith, issues surrounding having faith, and some of the arguments put forward by those who oppose the existence of G-d. In year 9, students will be discovering the different ways religions respond to ‘Life after Death’ and considering their own ideas about this topic. Allowing students to develop their own thoughts and reasoned ideas will enhance their awareness of those around them, ensuring that we are meeting the promise that we make in our ethos that JCoSS students will become ‘well-rounded’ individuals.
YEAR 7 – Christianity and Justice
- Who is Maria Gomez?
- What is justice?
- What did justice mean to Jesus?
- What did Desmond Tutu to promote justice?
- How can the story of the Good Samaritan influence our understanding of justice?
- What can we do to promote justice?
Year 8 – World Religions
- Jedi religion
- Own statement of faith
- Characteristics of religion/G-d/faith
- The problem of evil
- The G-d delusion
- The tea pot philosophy
- Debate ‘This house does not believe that G-d exists’
Year 9 World Religions – Life after Death
- Mexican Day of the Dead
- Near Death Experiences
- Own opinions
- Christian ideas
- Muslim ideas
- Jewish ideas
- Hindu ideas