Religious Studies - Year 7

In Year 7, students have one lesson a fortnight. Students are taught in forms until the Spring term when they are grouped based on ability. Students will mostly be completing work on religious beliefs, studying a different topic each term with exam windows linked to them.

As students progress at different levels there will be differentiated activities and learning outcomes for students to progress at their own pace whilst developing the skills of comprehension and application. Some students will also develop their ability to synthesise and evaluate the place of religion in today's society. These are specific skills for success in RS as well as across the curriculum.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Symbolism
This topic will introduce students to the importance of symbols both from a religious and secular point of view. The students will start by identifying the difference between a sign and a symbol before looking at a variety of religious symbols and what they represent.

As a result students will be able to describe or explain the importance of symbols in relation to identity and some will evaluate the impact symbols have within society and within religion.  
ST1 exam (30 minutes)

The questions will allow the students to focus on the skills of description, explanation, comparison and evaluation.
Festivals 
This topic will introduce students to different religious festivals that are celebrated in Great Britain.

From this students will be able to demonstrate the purpose of a religious festival, compare specific festivals and some will distinguish the significance of festivals for religious and secular people in great Britain.  
This unit will not be formally assessed during this academic year. However the students will complete an extended writing task at the end of the unit. This will be used to check progress from their ST1 exam.  
Crucifixion and Resurrection
This topic will be taught near to the Easter holidays and is designed to inform students of the Christian practices linked to this time of year. This will expand further their religious knowledge and literacy and strengthening their skills of application.  
This unit will not be formally assessed during this academic year. This unit is designed to build on and cement any previous knowledge relating to religious practices.  
Justice
This topic will introduce students to the key words: Justice and Injustice. Students will be given opportunities to build their opinions and evaluate case studies on justice. They will also learn about people who have fought for justice and how their religion impacted on the way they campaigned.

As a result students will be given the opportunity to apply their religious knowledge to the ethical issues of justice and injustice thus strengthening their skills of explanation and analysis.They will also be able to build on their religious knowledge and literacy.  
ST2 exam (30mins)

The questions will allow the students to focus on the skills of description, explanation, comparison and evaluation.

This unit will prepare students for Year 8 and Year 9 when they will be building on their evaluation skills relating to ethical issues.  

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