Religious Studies

Year 7

TermAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Weeks786677
Unit Title:Introduction to World religions / Judaism Judaism / Christianity ChristianityRites of passageFestivalsHumanism
Overview (content/skills)Introduction to world religions:
1. Introducing the 6 main world religions
2. Who am I?

Judaism:
1. Abraham
2. Moses
3. Pesach

Skills:
Interpreting scripture, describing religious beliefs, explaining the importance of belief and practice and evaluating religious beliefs and teachings.
Judaism:
4. Kosher
5. Shabbat

Christianity:
1. The Holy Trinity
2. Jesus

Skills:
Interpreting scripture, describing religious beliefs, explaining the importance of belief and practice and evaluating religious beliefs and teachings.
3. Parables
4. Miracles
5. Holy Week

Skills:
Interpreting scripture, describing religious beliefs, explaining the importance of belief and practice and evaluating religious beliefs and teachings.
1. Milestones
2. Birth
3. Coming of age
4. Marriage
5. Death

Skills:
Describing the ways in which religious people mark key milestones, explaining and evaluating the impact of rites of passage on individuals, faith communities and the societies in which they live.
1. Yom Kippur
2. Easter
3. Diwali
4. Wesak
5. Eid

Skills:
Describing the ways in which religious people celebrate festivals, explaining and evaluating the impact of festivals on individuals, faith communities and the societies in which they live.
1. Introduction to Humanism
2. Humanist beliefs
3. Making decisions
4. Humanism and the World
5. Celebrations

Skills:
Describe what Humanists believe, explain the importance of reasoning and evidence for Humanists, compare and contrast humanist beliefs to those of religions students have previously studied and evaluating the impact of humanist beliefs on individuals and the societies in which they live.
Some subject specific literacy:God, Abraham, Covenant, Moses, prophet, Torah, Kosher, Shabbat.Kosher, Shabbat, Trinity, Jesus, Holy Spirit.Parables, miracles, supernatural, Good Friday, Easter SundayBirthday, coming of age ceremony, commitment, dedication, marriage, vows, funeralYom Kippur, Atonement, Easter, sacrifice, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Diwali, Wesak, Eid ul-Fitr.Reason, evidence, logic, Richard Dawkins, Charles Darwin.
Numeracy:Timelines, Scripture referencesScripture references Scripture references DatesDates, scripture references Dates
Assessment:Judaism Assessment (Combination of short and long answer questions) Christianity Assessment – (group presentation)Rites of Passage Assessment – (Creative thinking task)Festivals Assessment – (Extended writing task)Humanism Assessment – (Evaluation task)

Year 8

TermAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Weeks786677
Unit Title:Religion and the mediaIslamWorshipScience and religionLife and deathPhilosophy for Children (P4C)
Overview (content/skills)-Role of the media
-Religion and soaps
-Religion and films
-Is the Media fair to religious people

Skills:
Describing the different types of media, explaining how the media can influence opinion on religion,
Evaluating the impact of the media for religious communities.
-Muhammad and the night of power
-Shahada and zakat
-Sawm
-The role of men and women
-Hajj

Skills
Interpreting scripture, describing religious beliefs, explaining and evaluating the importance of religious belief, teachings and practice
Why is worship important?
-Worship in Christianity
-Worship in Sikhism
-Worship in Islam
-Worship in Hindu

Skills
Describing the ways religious people worship, Explaining how and why believers worship. Evaluating the impact of worship on the religion and community
-Scientific truth vs religious truth
-Christian creation story
-Hindu creation stories
The design argument
-The big bang theory
-Evolution

Skills
Describe the different types of truth, explaining why people hold these truths, evaluating the impact of belief from religious and non-religious perspectives
-What is immortality?
Resurrection- Christianity and Islam
-Reincarnation - Hinduism and Buddhism
-Capital punishment
-Just war theory

Skills
Describing religious and non-religious attitudes, explaining the importance of belief In life after death, evaluating the impact of belief on the religious communities .
A series of six lessons based on different stimuli- developing critical thinking skills

e.g. song, video,
pictures

Skills-
Developing critical thinking skills through questioning,
Discussion; justifying opinions
Building reasoned arguments
Some subject specific literacy:Key words - Use of specialist languageKey words - Use of specialist language
spellings
Key words - Use of specialist language
spellings
Key words - Use of specialist languageKey words - Use of specialist language
spellings
Key words - Use of specialist language
Numeracy:
Timeline
No. of people who practice religions.
Scripture references
Symbolic meaning of particular numbers in the Bible
Scripture references
Probability- discussion to determine answers to ultimate questions e.g. existence of God, timeline for theory of evolutionHow long did Britain pass a law against capital punishment?
Assessment:-Debate
-Combination of describe, explain and evaluate questioning to build skills required for KS4
End of unit-Written assessment Combination of exam style questions-short and long to build skills required for KS4End of unit-Written assessment Combination of exam style questions-short and long to build skills required for KS4End of unit-Written assessment- Combination of describe, explain and evaluate questioning to build skills required for KS4Creative thinking taskHumanism Assessment – (Evaluation task)