Religion & Philosophy — Year 7

 

Religion & Philosophy Overview

Term 1: Introduction to Philosophy

In this unit we will introduce students to Religion and Philosophy at secondary school by examining arguments for the existence of God, an analysis of evil and suffering, and an investigation into the characteristics that God is believed to possess. This unit will allow students to be critical, open-minded, and open to discussion of new ideas and big questions.

Key concepts knowledge test

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

This unit will allow students to be critical, open-minded, and open to discussion of new ideas and big questions.

Create a supportive community:

This unit will enable a more understanding learning community where students appreciate the different views of others but can also question their own beliefs.

Term 2: Jesus

This unit will explore the life of Jesus, who he was, why he died, and what he achieved. We will conduct an investigation into who was really responsible for Jesus' death, and we will analyse whether or not he was truly man or God.

Key concepts test and evaluation question.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

Students will learn to question what they have previously learnt and consider the importance of such a central figure to Christianity.

Create a supportive community:

This unit will be driven by discussion and debate as well as the critical analysis of evidence in teams.

Term 3: Hinduism

In this unit students are introduced to the first of the largest Indian religious traditions, Hinduism, which then forms the basis of understanding for the following two units of Buddhism and Sikhism.

Key concepts test and evaluation question.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 4: Buddhism

This unit builds on students' knowledge of Hinduism from last term and develops their understanding of Indian religious traditions by introducing students to Buddhism.

Key concepts test and evaluation question.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 5: Sikhism

Here we will study the final of the three largest religious traditions of India building on prior knowledge of Hindu and Buddhist thought by introducing students to the key religious beliefs and practices of Sikhism.

Key concepts test

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 6: What does it mean to be human, and Humanism

Students will be introduced to the non-religious worldview of Humanism in this unit which will give them a valuable insight into alternative views and outlooks.

Key concepts test and evaluation question.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community: