KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1Christian Denominations   
In this unit students will explore the origins Christian denominations and their main beliefs and concepts. Students will also examine how members of different denominations lives and beliefs are dis/similar to their own, particularly noting food, dress, festivals and worship.
Assessment: Knowledge test on topics covered. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Hinduism  
In this unit students will explore the origins of Hinduism, said to be older than time. This will start their journey of learning about the Eastern religions through Year 8. Students will examine the Hindu concepts of the Trimurti, worship and Ahimsa. They will also look at the life and times of Gandhi.
Assessment: Holistic assessment of pupils contribution in class and their classwork in their exercise books. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Buddhism   
Students continue their journey through the exploration of Eastern religions with Buddhism, which has it's roots in Hinduism. Students will learn about the Buddha, the wheel of life, the four noble truths, the eight-fold path and the five precepts.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on their knowledge of Buddhism through short and long answer questions. Students should revise all topics covered, paying close attention to key terms and concepts. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Sikhism  
Students will complete their exploration of the Eastern religions with Sikhism, the youngest religion. Students will learn about the beliefs and practices of Sikhs, including; the 5 k's the Khalsa and the Gurdwara. Sikhism's core lies in equality, students will be asked to examine the ways in which equality, brotherhood and sacrifice are important in their own lives.
Assessment: Holistic assessment of pupils contribution in class and their classwork in their exercise books. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Christian Role Models   
The unit will give the chance for students to learn about inspirational people from Christianity and compare them with role models from other faiths. Each lesson will focus on one role model, and will ask pupils to examine why this person is a role model and how their religion has inspired them.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on their knowledge of one role model and will be expected to be able to explain why they are influential, and how the have influenced them personally. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Religious Stories    
In this cross curricular unit students will explore how stories are used in religion. Symbolism in the stories will be examined as will the historical and religious context of each of the stories studied. Students will have an opportunity to produce their own versions of the stories, using the knowledge that they have gained throughout.
Assessment: Students will be assessed in their end of year exam. All topics covered throughout the year will be on the exam, and questions will be a mix of short and long answers. Pupils should revise all topics, paying particular attention to key words. Key Words and Terms
 

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