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Year 7

Year 7

Autumn 1

Who Am I?

Pupils will begin with a brief introduction to ‘Philosophy’ and ‘Ethics’.

They will also complete a short baseline assessment.

This unit focuses largely on developing the necessary skills to progress in this subject; including: listening, questioning, explaining and reasoning.

Pupils will have the opportunity to engage with traditional philosophical questions using famous analogies such as the ‘ship of Theseus.’ They will also begin to explore extended written tasks in response to key questions.

Autumn 2

Places of Worship

This unit of work explores further the extent to which religion and in particular, worship, has an effect on identity.

Pupils will investigate the nature of places of worship and consider whether designated buildings are in fact necessary.

Pupils will be assessed through a creative and collaborative project. This encourages them to develop their ability to work in teams, understand how to be self-managers and the importance of listening.

Spring 1

Rites of Passage

Pupils will broaden their understanding of identity by examining the concept of a rite of passage. Pupils will look in particular at

Birth ceremonies, marriage rites and rituals surrounding death.

Pupils will have the opportunity to consider traditional religious events and Humanist marriage ceremonies.

Pupils will have the chance to consider why we often mark certain transitions in life and analyse whether formal ceremonies are effective. Pupils will have several opportunities to develop their skills in extended writing.

Spring 2

Religion in Fifty Images

Can we express our beliefs through art?

Pupils will investigate whether art can be a powerful tool for expression. Can we say something about ourselves and our beliefs through the use of art?

Pupils will look at the practise of making mandalas in Buddhism, the use of images of Jesus in Christianity as well as the use of calligraphy in Islam.

Is religious art effective or misleading? Pupils will consider the importance of ‘interpretation’ when exploring religious art.

Summer 1

Ultimate Questions

-Does God exist?

-Is there an afterlife?

-Can evil be explained?

-How did the universe come into existence?

The questions above represent some of the ‘ultimate’ questions that pupils will be engaging with. They will be encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills and to broaden their horizons by considering a range of possible responses. Pupils will have to use their judgement to assess the quality of the responses and consider whether there is any possible ‘evidence’ to support different views.

Summer 2

My Harrow

What impact does being from Harrow have on identity?

Pupils will be exploring the interesting and to some extent ‘unique’ features of Harrow. Why is Harrow so diverse? How does living in such a diverse place shape our views and outlook?

Pupils will gain a better insight into different types of diversity and the factors that can affect the lives of Harrovians. They will use their skills in interpreting data and using evidence to support conclusions.