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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1Introduction 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.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Jesus  
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.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Introduction to Ethics   
We investigate what is meant by our conscience and how religious moral values affect decision making. We consider the value of the Golden Rule in our lives.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Ethics Continued   
We explore the value of laws versus freedom and ask whether a moral code is useful when making life and death decisions, using case studies to inform our discussion.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Islam  
In this unit we will investigate issues surrounding the religion of Islam, such as the Sunni/Shi'a division, as well as the hijab. This unit will allow students to see things from multiple points of view before forming their own opinions.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Hinduism 
This unit looks at the key beliefs of the the Hindu faith including questioning whether there is one God or many, and examining the cycle of birth, life and death as presented in the teaching of Samsara.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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