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Harris Academies
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Religion and Philosophy

Year 7 OVERVIEW for Religion and Philosophy         

In Religion and Philosophy students are able to examine fundamental philosophical questions alongside religious, and other, responses to them. In Year 7 the key question is ‘What is Truth?’

 This offers students the opportunity to engage with the major existential problems of humanity in depth and to a high academic level.  While Religion & Philosophy at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace draws on a range of methodologies and pedagogies, it is influenced in particular by the critical realist model in which students encounter religious and non-religious worldviews as truth claims.

Overview Autumn Term:

  • Introduction to Religion and Philosophy at Harris 
  • What is Philosophy?
  • What is Truth?
  • Different approaches to truth: Theistic worldview, Secular worldview, Postmodern worldview and Realist worldview
  • Applying worldviews
  • Evaluating worldviews
  • Tolerance
  • What is the difference between Fact, opinion and belief?
  • Separating fact from opinion
  • What is knowledge?
  • How well do you know your stuff?
  • How do we gain our knowledge?
  • Can our senses deceive us?
  • It's all a matter of evidence
  • The Nature of Belief:
  • What is belief and why do we believe in certain thing and not others?
  • Why we keep some childhood beliefs and not others
  • What is Spiritualism?
  • Beliefs about the soul
  • Karl Marx (and beliefs about religion)
  • Beliefs about justice
  • Murder mystery

Overview Spring Term:

  • Christianity: What are the key truth claims in Christianity?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • The Incarnation
  • Miracles
  • Teachings
  • Message –difference between Truth for Christians & Truth for Jews
  • Was Jesus a criminal?
  • Crucifixion
  • Resurrection 

Overview Summer Term:

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What are the similarities and differences between truth claims for Christian, Jews and Muslims?

  • Geography of Israel
  • Religious claims for Jerusalem
  • Impact of the fighting

Alternative Truth Claims:

  • Jehovah’s Witness
  • Scientology
  • Freemasonry
  • Rastafari

Assessments:

Reading: Philosopher research project.
Speaking: presentation of Philosopher research project
Speaking and writing: Murder mystery Deductive reasoning to solve the mystery of who killed Santa?
Writing: essay question.
Speaking: Court room trial looking at different worldviews 
Reading: Research project on alternative truth claims/world religions.

Homework:

Once a week


Websites:


http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/philosophy/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/atheism/
http://io9.com/5945801/8-philosophical-questions-that-well-never-solve
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/trail/htd_history/sources/solv_hist_puz_sources_01.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/argument-for-atheistic-evolution/430.html
http://lifehacker.com/5872379/how-do-i-get-out-of-an-argument-with-an-irrational-person
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/tx/perfectmurder/quiz/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/history/jesus_1.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z3fdwmn
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/god/chrevelationrev3.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/poverty/chconcernrev1.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-last-supper/7487.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-crucifixion-and-peters-denial/677.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/death/chbeliefrev2.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/catholic/catholic_1.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/cofe/cofe_1.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/20436092
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14628835
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_1900000/newsid_1909200/1909217.stm
http://www.science.co.il/arab-israeli-conflict.asp
http://www.jewfaq.org/israel.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/middle_east/2001/israel_and_the_palestinians/issues/16825
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/guides/456900/456944/html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/atheism/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/witnesses/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/mormon/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/bahai/

Books, Articles and other Resources:


Religions to inspiRE for KS3
Diary of Anne Frank
The boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Elie Wiesel – Night
John Bowker – World Religions: the great Faiths Explored & Explained
Mary Pope Osborne – One World, Many Religions


Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


A number of speakers are invited to deliver their world view on the key question for Year 7 What is truth?

 
Year 8 OVERVIEW for  Religion and Philosophy                 

In Religion and Philosophy students are able to examine fundamental philosophical questions alongside religious, and other, responses to them. In Year 8 the question is ‘What is the Purpose of Life?’ This offers students the opportunity to engage with the major existential problems of humanity in depth and to a high academic level.  While Religion & Philosophy at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace draws on a range of methodologies and pedagogies, it is influenced in particular by the critical realist model in which students encounter religious and non-religious worldviews as truth claims.


Overview Autumn Term:

  • Life after Death
  • Reasons for Belief in Life After Death
  • Biblical reasons for belief in Life After Death
  • Near Death Accounts
  • Humanist view 
  • Secular View

Islam: What is the Purpose of life for Muslims? 

  • The Five Pillars of Islam
  • Shahadah
  • Salat
  • Sawm
  • Zakah
  • Hajj
  • Islamic beliefs about the afterlife
  • Greater & lesser jihad
  • Terrorism

Overview Spring Term:

Ethics & Morality:

  • Absolute & Relative morality
  • Ethical theories
  • Utilitarianism 
  • Situation Ethics
  • Evaluation of the different theories   

Hinduism: What is the Purpose of life for Hindus?

  • Brahman
  • Is Hinduism Monotheistic or polytheistic?
  • Hindu gods/goddesses
  • Dharma  
  • Karma 
  • Reincarnation and  Moksha

Overview Summer Term:

Buddhism: What is the Purpose of Life for Buddhists?

  • Siddattha Gotama
  • 3 Universal Truths
  • Noble Eightfold Path
  • Mandalas
  • Impermanence  
  • Enlightenment
  • Zen Koans
  • Nibbana
  • Sangha

Assessments:


Writing: GCSE Evaluation style question– writing.
Speaking: Play on the key question.
Reading & speaking: ethical dilemmas and response.
Speaking Writing: poem on Impermanence 
Writing: Diary account of Hajj.
Reading: ICT research project on jihad


Homework:

Once a week


Events and Trips:


A number of speakers are invited to deliver their world view on the key question for Year 8 What is the purpose of life?

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/beliefs/whydidjesusdie_1.shtml
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/986177.stm
http://www.humanism.org.uk/home
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/karl_marx.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/atheism/ataglance/glance.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/death/chbeliefrev1.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/

Books, Articles and other Resources:


Religions to inspiRE for KS3
Diary of Anne Frank
The boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Elie Wiesel – Night
John Bowker – World Religions: the great Faiths Explored & Explained
Mary Pope Osborne – One World, Many Religions

Year 9 OVERVIEW for  Religion and Philosophy              

In Religion and Philosophy students are able to examine fundamental philosophical questions alongside religious, and other, responses to them. In Year 9 the Key question is ‘Does God Exist?’
This offers students the opportunity to engage with the major existential problems of humanity in depth and to a high academic level.  While Religion & Philosophy at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace draws on a range of methodologies and pedagogies, it is influenced in particular by the critical realist model in which students encounter religious and non-religious worldviews as truth claims.

Overview Autumn Term:

  • Evidence of God’s existence
  • Evidence against the existence of God
  • The importance of Proof 
  • The Goldilocks effect
  • Evidence of Design in the world 
  • Paley's watch analogy 
  • Arguments against design in the world  
  • Evolution
  • Natural selection 
  • 'The world must have been designed by God' Do you agree?
  • The cosmological challenge
  • The cosmological argument
  • Sufficient reason?
  • Ockham's razor
  • The moral argument for the existence of God
  • The prisoner's dilemma
  • Cultural evolution
  • Making moral decisions
  • Social conditioning

Overview Spring Term:

Can we experience God?

  • Knowing God through Innate knowledge, Natural theology and Revelation
  • What is it like to experience God?
  • When many people experience God examples
  • Testing experience
  • Religious experience evidence scale
  • What are miracles? 
  • Hume's miracle test
  • Is Hume correct?
  • Hume 'On Miracles'
  • What makes an argument convincing?
  • Reasoning
  • Are miracles unfair?

Overview Summer Term:

Problem of Evil and Suffering

  • What is the problem of evil?
  • What is natural evil?
  • What is moral evil?
  • Are people born evil?
  • What is the inconsistent triad?
  • What is a theodicy?
  • What is the Augustinian theodicy?
  • What is the Irenaean theodicy?
  • What is the Design argument?
  • Who is Paley?
  • Who is Hume?
  • What issues are there with the Design argument?
  • Can science and the design argument work hand in hand?


Assessments:


Exam past paper questions 
Research projects 


Homework:


Two pieces of homework per week 

Events and Trips:


Websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f
http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm 
http://www.scandalon.co.uk/gcsers/ 
http://www.tutor2u.net/religious-studies/blog/gcse-revision-quizzes-for-religious-studies 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zf45d/clips – BBC clips relevant for GCSE teaching
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion 
http://www.truetube.co.uk/ethics-and-religion 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-4050/teaching-and-learning-resources/Useful-websites-and-religious-places-to-visit


Books, Articles and other Resources:


AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Islam

Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


A number of speakers are invited to deliver their world view on the key question for Year 9 Does God exist?

Year 10 OVERVIEW for  Religion and Philosophy           

Overview Autumn Term:

The study of Christianity and Islam: beliefs, teachings and practices within both regions.

Christianity 
Beliefs and teachings
Key beliefs:
The nature of God:

  • God as omnipotent, loving and just, and the problem of evil and suffering
  • The oneness of God and the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Different Christian beliefs about creation including the role of Word and Spirit (John 1:1–3 and
  • Genesis 1:1–3).
  • Different Christian beliefs about the afterlife and their importance, including: Resurrection and life after death; judgement, heaven and hell.

Jesus Christ and salvation
Beliefs and teachings about:

  • the incarnation and Jesus as the Son of God
  • the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension
  • sin, including original sin
  • the means of salvation, including law, grace and Spirit
  • the role of Christ in salvation including the idea of atonement.

Practices
Worship and festivals

  • Different forms of worship and their significance:
  • liturgical, non-liturgical and informal, including the use of the Bible
  • private worship.
  • Prayer and its significance, including the Lord’s Prayer, set prayers and informal prayer.
  • The role and meaning of the sacraments:
  • the meaning of sacrament
  • the sacrament of baptism and its significance for Christians; infant and believers’ baptism;
  • different beliefs about infant baptism
  • the sacrament of Eucharist (Holy Communion) and its significance for Christians, including
  • different ways in which it is celebrated and different interpretations of its meaning.
  • The role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations including:
  • two contrasting examples of Christian pilgrimage: Lourdes and Iona
  • the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, including their importance for Christians in
  • Great Britain today.

The role of the church in the local and worldwide community

  • The role of the Church in the local community, including food banks and street pastors.
  • The place of mission, evangelism and Church growth.
  • The importance of the worldwide Church including:
  • working for reconciliation
  • how Christian churches respond to persecution
  • the work of one of the following: Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid, Tearfund.


Overview Spring Term:
Islam
Beliefs and teachings
Key Beliefs

  • The six articles of faith in Sunni Islam and five roots of Usul ad-Din in Shi’a Islam, including key similarities and differences.
  • The Oneness of God (Tawhid), Qur’an Surah 112.
  • The nature of God: omnipotence, beneficence, mercy, fairness and justice (Adalat in Shi’a Islam), including different ideas about God’s relationship with the world: immanence and transcendence.
  • Angels, their nature and role, including Jibril and Mika’il.
  • Predestination and human freedom and its relationship to the Day of Judgement.
  • Life after death (Akhirah), human responsibility and accountability, resurrection, heaven and hell.

Authority

  • Prophethood (Risalah) including the role and importance of Adam, Ibrahim and Muhammad.
  • The holy books:
  • Qur’an: revelation and authority
  • the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel, the Scrolls of Abraham and their authority.
  • The imamate in Shi’a Islam: its role and significance.

Practices
Worship

  • Five Pillars of Sunni Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam (students should study the Five
  • Pillars and jihad in both Sunni and Shi’a Islam and the additional duties of Shi’a Islam).
  • Shahadah: declaration of faith and its place in Muslim practice.
  • Salah and its significance: how and why Muslims pray including times, directions, ablution (wudu), movements (rak’ahs) and recitations; salah in the home and mosque and elsewhere; Friday prayer (Jummah); key differences in the practice of salah in Sunni and Shi’a Islam, and different Muslim views about the importance of prayer.

Duties and festivals

  • Sawm: the role and significance of fasting during the month of Ramadan including origins, duties, benefits of fasting, the exceptions and their reasons, and the Night of Power, Qur’an 96:1–5.
  • Zakah: the role and significance of giving alms including origins, how and why it is given, benefits of receipt, Khums in Shi’a Islam.
  • Hajj: the role and significance of the pilgrimage to Makkah including origins, how hajj is performed, the actions pilgrims perform at sites including the Ka’aba at Makkah, Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah and their significance.
  • Jihad: different understandings of jihad: the meaning and significance of greater and lesser jihad; origins, influence and conditions for the declaration of lesser jihad.
  • Festivals and commemorations and their importance for Muslims in Great Britain today, including the origins and meanings of Id-ul-Adha, Id-ul-Fitr, Ashura.

Overview Summer Term:

Revision of The study of Christianity and Islam: beliefs, teachings and practices with both regions

Assessments:


Exam past paper questions 
Research projects 


Homework:


Two pieces of homework per week 

 

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:


http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm 
http://www.scandalon.co.uk/gcsers/ 
http://www.tutor2u.net/religious-studies/blog/gcse-revision-quizzes-for-religious-studies 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zf45d/clips – BBC clips relevant for GCSE teaching
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion 
http://www.truetube.co.uk/ethics-and-religion 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-4050/teaching-and-learning-resources/Useful-websites-and-religious-places-to-visit


Books, Articles and other Resources:


AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Islam

 

Year 11 OVERVIEW for Religion and Philosophy

Overview Autumn Term:

Theme 1: Relationships and families

  • Contraception.
  • Sexual relationships before marriage.
  • Homosexual relationships.

Sex, marriage and divorce

  • Human sexuality including: heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
  • Sexual relationships before and outside of marriage.
  • Contraception and family planning.
  • The nature and purpose of marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage and cohabitation.
  • Divorce, including reasons for divorce, and remarrying.
  • Ethical arguments related to divorce, including those based on the sanctity of marriage vows and compassion.

Families and gender equality

  • The nature of families, including:
  • the role of parents and children
  • extended families and the nuclear family.
  • The purpose of families, including:
  • procreation
  • stability and the protection of children
  • educating children in a faith.
  • Contemporary family issues including:
  • same-sex parents
  • polygamy.
  • The roles of men and women.
  • Gender equality.
  • Gender prejudice and discrimination, including examples

Theme 2: Religion and life

  • Abortion.
  • Euthanasia.
  • Animal experimentation.

The origins and value of the universe

  • The origins of the universe, including:
  • religious teachings about the origins of the universe, and different interpretations of these
  • the relationship between scientific views, such as the Big Bang theory, and religious views.
  • The value of the world and the duty of human beings to protect it, including religious teaching about stewardship, dominion, responsibility, awe and wonder.
  • The use and abuse of the environment, including the use of natural resources, pollution.
  • The use and abuse of animals, including:
  • animal experimentation
  • the use of animals for food.

The origins and value of human life

  • The origins of life, including:
  • religious teachings about the origins of human life, and different interpretations of these
  • the relationship between scientific views, such as evolution, and religious views.
  • The concepts of sanctity of life and the quality of life.
  • Abortion, including situations when the mother's life is at risk.
  • Ethical arguments related to abortion, including those based on the sanctity of life and quality of life.
  • Euthanasia.
  • Beliefs about death and an afterlife, and their impact on beliefs about the value of human life.

Overview Spring Term:

Theme 3: The existence of God and revelation

  • Visions.
  • Miracles.
  • Nature as general revelation.

Philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God

  • The Design argument, including its strengths and weaknesses.
  • The First Cause argument, including its strengths and weaknesses.
  • The argument from miracles, including its strengths and weaknesses, and one example of a miracle.
  • Evil and suffering as an argument against the existence of God.
  • Arguments based on science against the existence of God.

The nature of the divine and revelation

  • Special revelation as a source of knowledge about the divine (God, gods or ultimate reality) including visions and one example of a vision.
  • Enlightenment as a source of knowledge about the divine.
  • General revelation: nature and scripture as a way of understanding the divine.
  • Different ideas about the divine that come from these sources:
  • omnipotent and omniscient
  • personal and impersonal
  • immanent and transcendent.
  • The value of general and special revelation and enlightenment as sources of knowledge about the
  • divine, including:
  • the problems of different ideas about the divine arising from these experiences
  • alternative explanations for the experiences, and the possibility that the people who claimed to
  • have them were lying or mistaken.


Theme 4: Religion, crime and punishment

  • Corporal punishment.
  • Death penalty.
  • Forgiveness.

Religion, crime and the causes of crime

  • Good and evil intentions and actions, including whether it can ever be good to cause suffering.
  • Reasons for crime, including:
  • poverty and upbringing
  • mental illness and addiction
  • greed and hate
  • opposition to an unjust law.
  • Views about people who break the law for these reasons.
  • Views about different types of crime, including hate crimes, theft and murder.

Religion and punishment

  • The aims of punishment, including:
  • retribution
  • deterrence
  • reformation.
  • The treatment of criminals, including:
  • prison
  • corporal punishment
  • community service.
  • Forgiveness.
  • The death penalty.
  • Ethical arguments related to the death penalty, including those based on the principle of utility and
  • sanctity of life.

Overview Summer Term:

Revision and exam preparation 

Assessments:


Exam past paper questions 
Research projects 

Homework:


Two pieces of homework per week 


Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:


http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm 
http://www.scandalon.co.uk/gcsers/ 
http://www.tutor2u.net/religious-studies/blog/gcse-revision-quizzes-for-religious-studies 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zf45d/clips – BBC clips relevant for GCSE teaching
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion 
http://www.truetube.co.uk/ethics-and-religion 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-4050/teaching-and-learning-resources/Useful-websites-and-religious-places-to-visit


Books, Articles and other Resources:


AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Islam


Year 12 OVERVIEW for  Religion and Philosophy               

Overview Autumn Term:
Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Criticisms: Hume
  • Presentation: Anselm’s a priori argument.
  • Criticisms: Gaunilo and Kant.
  • Presentation: Aquinas' Way 3. The argument from contingency and necessity.
  • Criticisms: Hume and Russell

The problem of evil and suffering.

  • The concepts of natural and moral evil.
  • The logical and evidential problem of evil.
  • Responses to the problem of evil and suffering.
  • Hick’s soul making theodicy.
  • The free will defence.
  • Process theodicy as presented by Griffin.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of each response.

The nature of religious experience.

  • The challenges of verifying religious experiences.
  • The challenges to religious experience from science.
  • Religious responses to those challenges.
  • Swinburne’s principles of credulity and testimony.
  • The influence of religious experiences and their value for religious faith.

Overview Spring Term:
Ethics and religion
Normative ethical theories

  • Deontological: natural moral law and the principle of double effect with reference to Aquinas;
  • proportionalism.
  • Teleological: situation ethics with reference to Fletcher.
  • Character based: virtue ethics with reference to Aristotle.
  • The differing approaches taken to moral decision making by these ethical theories.
  • Their application to the issues of theft and lying.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of these ways of making moral decisions.

The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics to:

  • Issues of human life and death
  • embryo research; cloning; ‘designer’ babies
  • abortion
  • voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • capital punishment.
  • Issues of non-human life and death:
  • use of animals as food; intensive farming
  • use of animals in scientific procedures; cloning
  • blood sports
  • animals as a source of organs for transplants.

Overview Summer Term:

Christianity
Sources of wisdom and authority

  • The Bible: different Christian beliefs about the nature and authority of the Bible

Homework:


Two pieces of homework per week 


Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.

A Level revision conference 


Year 13 OVERVIEW for Religion and Philosophy                 

Overview Autumn Term:
Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God.
  • Evil and suffering.
  • Religious experience.
  • Religious language.
  • Miracles.
  • Self and life after death.

Section B: Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories.
  • Issues of human life and death.
  • Issues of animal life and death.
  • Introduction to meta ethics.
  • Free will and moral responsibility.
  • Conscience.
  • Bentham and Kant.

Overview Spring Term:

Section A: Study of religion Christianity: the following topics are covered:

Sources of wisdom and authority.

  • God/gods/ultimate reality.
  • Self, death and the afterlife.
  • Good conduct and key moral principles.
  • Expression of religious identity.
  • Religion, gender and sexuality.
  • Religion and science.
  • Religion and secularisation.
  • Religion and religious pluralism

Overview Summer Term:

  • Revision and exam preparation 


Assessments:


Exam past paper questions 
Research projects 


Homework:


Two pieces of homework per week 


Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.

A Level revision conference 


 

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