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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1What is Philosophy?   
What is Philosophy? In this unit students will experience an introduction to Philosophy. They will critically consider questions such as: 'Does God exist?', ‘Who am I?’ and 'Can I trust my senses?'
Assessment: Students will be asked a range of questions, based on the GCSE format, regarding the key content and skills studied during this unit. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Why do we suffer?    
Why do we suffer? Students explore the problem of evil by looking at Christian, Atheist and Buddhist beliefs about why there is evil and suffering in the world. They will look at examples of evil and suffering in the world as well as developing a range of key vocabulary to support their understanding of these topics further into GCSE RS.
Assessment: Students will be asked a range of questions, based on the GCSE format, regarding the key content and skills studied during this unit. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3What happens when we die?   
What happens when we die? Students explore the similarities and differences between beliefs about the afterlife - particularly between Christians and Hindus. They will critically examine the evidence for heaven from Near Death Experiences, and also for reincarnation from remembered lives.
Assessment: Students will be asked a range of questions, based on the GCSE format, regarding the key content and skills studied during this unit. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4How should we act?    
How should we act? In this unit, students will consider what makes people behave the way they do. They will focus on Christian and secular approaches to moral decision making, taking in some ethical philosophers on the way.
Assessment: Students will be asked a range of questions, based on the GCSE format, regarding the key content and skills studied during this unit. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5How should we respond to wrongdoing?    
How should we respond to wrongdoing? In this unit students will explore the topics of crime and punishment with reference to Muslim and Christian attitudes towards lawbreakers and different types of crime. Students will learn about religious beliefs about forgiveness, the death penalty and the treatment and punishment of criminals.
Assessment: Students will be asked a range of questions, based on the GCSE format, regarding the key content and skills studied during this unit. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Are we equal?   
Are we equal? In this unit, students will examine how people are treated in different elements of society. They will critically examine how different groups are valued and whether this has implications for equality or not. Students will study Sikhism and its emphasis on equality and evaluate this.
Assessment: Students will be asked a range of questions, based on the GCSE format, regarding the key content and skills studied during this unit. Key Words and Terms
 

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