Year 7 — Religion & Philosophy

Term 1: The Abrahamic Religions

The Abrahamic Religions:

In this unit students will explore the origins of the three Abrahamic religions and look at similarities and differences between the three faiths. This includes examining the story of Abraham, other prophets and the holy books.

Students answer a series of questions to demonstrate skills and knowledge in relation to the topic.

Prophet

A messenger of God.

Abrahamic religions

Judaism, Christianity and Islam - who all trace their history back to Abraham.

Torah

Holy book of Judaism.

Qur'an

Holy book of Islam.

Bible

Holy book of Christianity.

Omnipotent

All powerful.

Omnibenevolent

All loving.

Omniscient

All knowing.

Omnipresent

Everywhere.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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Term 2: Judaism: Key Question - what is God like?

Judaism.

In this unit students will think critically about the nature of God and belief through studying key aspects of the Jewish faith. These include creation accounts, Shabbat, the story of Moses, Passover and dietary laws.

Students answer a series of questions to demonstrate skills and knowledge in relation to the topic.

Shabbat

The day of rest - for Jews this takes place from Friday evening until Saturday evening.

Passover

The festival that remembers God freeing the Hebrews from slavery.

Kosher

This refers to anything that is spiritually clean, for example food that Jews are permitted to eat.

Mitzvot

The commandments from God that Jews are expected to follow.

Seder

It means 'order' and refers to the order of the meal to celebrate Passover.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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Term 3 : Christianity: Key Question - was Jesus the Son of God?

Christianity:

Students critically examine the nature and person of Jesus, and the impact he has had, through studying his birth, teachings and miracles.

Students answer a series of questions to demonstrate skills and knowledge in relation to the topic.

Incarnation

'In flesh' - the belief that Jesus is God in human form.

Miracle

An event that breaks the laws of nature brought about by God.

Parable

A story, told by Jesus, with a spiritual meaning.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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Term 4: Christianity: Key Question - was Jesus the Son of God?

Christianity.

Students will critically examine Jesus' death and resurrection, and what this can tell us about Jesus, before studying the impact his has on the world and the nature of the different denominations.

Students answer a series of questions to demonstrate skills and knowledge in relation to the topic.

Crucifixion

Death on a cross.

Resurrection

To rise back to life after death.

Denomination

A group/church within Christianity.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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Term 5: Islam: Key Question - how do beliefs influence lives?

Islam:

Students will critically examine how the beliefs of Islam are reflected in the lives that Muslims live. We study stereotypes of Muslims and start to understand the Five Pillars of Islam.

Students answer a series of questions to demonstrate skills and knowledge in relation to the topic.

Stereotype

Having a fixed view of someone or something.

Muslim

Someone who submits their life to Allah.

Qur'an

The holy book of Islam.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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Term 6: Islam: Key Question - how do beliefs influence lives?

Islam.

Students continue in their study of Islam by examining the way Muslims live out their beliefs through the Five Pillars of Islam.

Students answer a series of questions on Islam to consolidate learning using key terms, description, analysis and evaluation.

Hajj

Pilgrimage to Makkah - to be completed once in a lifetime.

Salah

Prayer.

Sawm

Fasting during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan.

Shahadah

The declaration of faith which states that Allah is one, and Muhammad is his messenger/prophet.

Zakah

Giving alms (charity) to those who need help.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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