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Year 8 RE Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year:

Autumn Term
Topic
Further details about the topic
1
PEOPLE OF GOD/PROPHECY
Does the world need prophets today?
STUDENTS WILL KNOW THAT:
• The People of God did not
always live according to the Law.
Prophets spoke out through
words and symbolic actions,
declaring ‘the word of the Lord’.
• Prophets called people back to God’s Law – they reminded
the People of God that their
relationship with God was a
covenant, or agreement; if they
kept breaking the terms of the
agreement, there would be
difficulties.
2
WISDOM
What do we do when life gets hard?

STUDENTS WILL KNOW THAT:

• The Bible has a rich ‘wisdom’

strand which gives a way of

seeing the world, and guidance

on responding to the challenges

of life. [People of God]

• Ideas of God have varied (and

still do) within the Christian

Church, and different emphases

lead to different ways of living

(for example, some Christians

explain how and why God allows.

Spring Term
 
 
1
INCARNATION
Why do Christians believe Jesus is God on Earth?
STUDENTS WILL KNOW THAT:
• Christians believe the incarnate
Jesus embodies the nature of God
and shows them what God is like.
• Jesus’ life offers a pattern for
humans and models the way
humans should be.
• For Christians, Jesus’ life and
teaching exemplify God’s love.
2
The Christian Church
 
Buildings and symbolism.
Worship, ritual, scripture and the symbolism of the Eucharist.
Ministry - faith in the community.
Summer Term
 
 
1
Pilgrimage
 
Islam - Hajj, meaning and purpose.
Hindu - Sacred concepts and beliefs and places.
Christian - Holy places in Europe and holy land.
2
The Five Pillars of Islam
 
Khalifa - humans’ role.
Jihad - greater and lesser.
Shahadar - Faith and beliefs.
Salah - prayer.
Zakat - social welfare
Saum - self discipline
Hajj - Duty

Assessments:

Autumn Term
Topic
Type of Assessment
CAT 1
PEOPLE OF GOD/PROPHECY
Does the world need prophets today?
Self, Peer and Teacher Assessment
CAT 2
INCARNATION
Why do Christians believe Jesus is God on Earth?
Self, Peer and Teacher Assessment

Main Resources:

Resource
Details 
Term 
Text books
InspiRE for Key Stage 3
Series Editor: Steve Clarke
All
Recommended reading
The Bible.
 
The Philosophy Files by Stephen Law 
 
Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder...about Everything! by David White 
 
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
 
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
 
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.
All
Recommended websites
RE:Quest - the definitive toolkit Christianity in R.E.
 
BBC Religion and Ethics
 
RE:Online
All
 

 

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