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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1How do you decide what is right or wrong?   
In this unit students will be introduced to some key questions of right or wrong. They will then explore the main ethical theories such as utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, Kant and Religious Ethics. Student will then apply these theories to some key controversial issues in medical ethics.
Assessment: The application of ethical theory to a real life issue in medical ethicsKey Words and Terms
Term 2What holds up Islam?  
Students will investigate the 5 key beliefs that hold up the religion of Islam. Moving from the key teachings of the shahadah to examine the practicalities of Salat, Sawm, Zakat. The culmination of this unit will centre around the Hajj one of the most impressive religious pilgrimages in the world.
Assessment: A knowledge based assessment on the fundamentals of Islam.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Is Religion dangerous?   
In this unit students will explore the issues in Religion that lead to conflict in our society. The focus here will be the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. Students will examine the historical context, the morality behind it all. Fundamentally students will explore the idea of tolerance for all people regardless of race, colour or religion.
Assessment: Students will recap the information learnt in Year 7 Term 1. Students will then apply the the problem of evil and God's existence to the holocaust.Key Words and Terms
Term 4Is punishment effective?   
This unit will link to unit one. Students will look at the purpose of punishment in society with a particular focus on the issue of capital punishment. Students will gain a historical context but will examine the concepts of deterrence, protection, revenge and reform. Student will also look a the current state of British Society and ultimately decide if capital punishment should return.
Assessment: An AQA GCSE Full examination paper Religion Crime and Punishment, this assessment will be peer, then teacher assessed.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Why is equality so important in Sikhism?
The unit will give the chance for student to learn about the fundamentals of the religion of Sikhism. From Guru Nanak to worship, belief and practice. Students will also examine the concept of equality in this faith.
Assessment: A knowledge based assessment on the fundamentals of SikhismKey Words and Terms
Term 6How can symbolism show the suffering in the crucifixion? 
In this cross curricular unit, students will expand their knowledge from unit 3 in year 8. Students will explore the concept of crucifixion and suffering through the medium of art. Symbolism in Art will be examined as will the historical context of each of the paintings studied. Students will have an opportunity to produce their own piece of art at the end of the course using the knowledge that they have gained throughout.
Assessment: Joint art and RP - Pencil drawing of novel interpretation of the crucifixionKey Words and Terms