Topic 1 Year 8 Religious Education 

Religious Education 
Topic  What guides us?
No of lessons  12
When is it happening  Term 1 Year8
What will students learn

Over-arching question: Where can we find guidance?

Buddhism and Hinduism

In this unit students will investigate the role of the

Buddha’s teachings in every-day life for Buddhists. They

will explore the guidance that can be found in the law of

karma and the Four Noble Truths - and how these can be seen as a route to understanding and following the Eightfold Path.


Students will also investigates how the religious beliefs and teachings of Hinduism might impact on how a believer lives and how it might give them a sense of purpose or duty in life. This unit will introduce Hindu beliefs about life after death in relation to how this might be viewed as a reward or punishment for how a person has lived. The main focus is about how having a religious belief might affect a person’s behaviour and lead them to accept or challenge injustice – e.g. acceptance or  rejection of the caste system, upholding dharma and ahimsa.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic 

In this unit students will explore:

The Four Noble Truths, Dukkha, Karma and Buddhist parables.

The Eightfold Path will also be examined while considering the use of Buddhist scriptures.

Students will also investigate the idea of seeking refuge  in the Buddha, dharma, the Three Jewels and the Metta Sutta as an antidote for fear.

In this unit students investigate Hindu beliefs and teachings about Samsara, Moksha, karma and dharma.  Students investigate how Gandhi fulfilled his dharma and how this impacts rebirth.

Attitudes towards the caste system in modern Hinduism are also explored.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Many students will know very little about Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. They may have learnt about the Siddhartha, but are likely to lack any depth of understanding.
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic

Explain a range of beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority in relation to Buddhism and Hinduism.  Evaluate a wide range of ways in which commitment and identity are expressed. Interpret and respond to a range of beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority as coherent systems or ways of seeing the world.

This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Explain and evaluate how and why individuals and communities express the meanings of their identity, beliefs and values in many different forms and ways of living.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

4 Noble Truths, Dakha, Eightfold Path,  Refuge, 3 Jewels, Metta Sutta, Moksha, Atman, Varnas, Caste, Namaste

The Big Question  What guides us?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'

What can be learnt from stories?
What do we know about Buddhism?
What is craving?
What are the 4 Noble Truths?
What is the Eightfold Path?
Who belongs to the Sangha?
What is Hindu Dharma?
How did Gandhi fulfil his Dharma?
How does the caste system work?
What is Puja?