Religious Studies - Year 8

In Year 8 RS students are encouraged to further their knowledge and understanding of different beliefs, values and traditions. Students will have one lesson a fortnight. Students are taught in groups based on ability.

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

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Worship
This topic will initially confirm that students know the difference between fact and belief. Then students will consider the impact of religious belief in terms of worship. This will include learning how and why people worship and a look at pilgrimage as an act of worship.

As a result students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understand by defining worship and comparing how and why religious people worship in Great Britain. Some students will challenge themselves further by explaining or evaluating the significance of worship for religious people and the impact it has on their lives.  
ST1 exam (30 minutes)

The questions will allow the students to focus on the skills of description and explanation. They will also be designed to expect more from the students than in year 7 for example the use of religious literacy and key words to strengthen their answers.

There will also be a particular focus on allowing students to develop further their skills of comparison and evaluation.
Pilgrimage 
This topic is designed to build on and cement the students' knowledge of the impact of religion from Year 7. They will learn about how Pilgrimage is viewed as a duty and a type of worship.

From this topic students will be able to deepen their understanding of the diverse religions in Great Britain thus equipping them with an informed view of religious practices and how they are expressed. It will build on their skills of application and analysis by giving them opportunities to explain the importance of pilgrimage and comparing types of pilgrimage.  
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.  
Rites of Passage
This topic will build on the students' knowledge of founders form Year 7. They will be looking at how religious traditions impact their lives and how they are expressed through different stages of life. This topic will encourage students to reflect on and develop their own values and also develop an understanding of the diversity within religion as they come to compare rites of passage and evaluate how they fit within a contemporary society.  
ST2 exam (30 minutes)

The questions will allow the students to focus on the skills of description and explanation, stressing the use of religious literacy and key words to strengthen their answers.

They will also be designed to have a particular focus on allowing students to develop further their skills of comparison and evaluation.  
Our World
This topic will introduce students to the impact that religion can have on people's behaviour. They will study how sources of authority can impact religious people's lives and attitudes to the environment, . This topic will encourage students to reflect on and develop their own values and also develop an understanding of the diversity within religion as they come to compare rites of passage and evaluate how they fit within a contemporary society  
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 the impact of religion in the 21st century Britain.  

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