Topic 3 Year 8 Religious Education 

Religious Education 
Topic  Is there an Ultimate Authority ? 
No of lessons  12 
When is it happening  Term3 Year 8
What will students learn 

Overarching question: Where do we belong?

Christianity and Islam.

Students will also investigate what it means to be a Christian.  They will look at the Reformation and how this lead to different Denominations.  Students will then focus on some practices within the Christian faith, such as Sacraments, role of the Vicar and stewardship. 

Students will also investigate the central Islamic belief that Allah is the one true God with no partners or equal. They will learn about the revelation of the Qur’an and the development of Islam, including divisions over leadership following the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Students will consider how Muslims today might be influenced by the message of the Qur’an and by the teachings and example of the Prophet Muhammad.
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 

Christian beliefs


The role of the Vicar


Poverty and wealth


Tawhid – Islam as a monotheistic religion. Belief in Allah as ‘the One.’

The attributes of Allah


The teachings and example of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

The Qur’an – as guidance for Muslims, and as God’s revealed message to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Islam as submission to the will of Allah

Attitudes towards charity in Islam – Zakat, sadaqah and lilah

Divisions within Islam

This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding 

Students will have some knowledge of Christian beliefs and teachings from earlier units in years 7 and 8.

Students will have gained some knowledge of the main Islamic beliefs about God and the 5 Pillars from unit 2 in year 7.
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 and Interpret diverse views, beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority in relation to Christian and Islamic beliefs and practices.  Show understanding of religions and worldviews as coherent systems or ways of seeing the world. Evaluate a wide range of ways in which commitment and identity are expressed within each faith.

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

Denomination, Sacrament, Vicar, Stewardship,

Shirk, Sadaqah, Ashura, Atonement,  Spirituality, 5 Pillars, Prophet, Tawhid,  Revelation

The Big Question  Is there an ultimate authority?


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

Do Christians practice their faith in the same way?
What is the role of a Vicar?
What are the Sacraments?
How should we care for our world?
What do Muslims believe about God?
What is the ultimate authority for Muslims?
How might Muslims be guided by the example and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?
What unites and divides the Ummah?
What have we learnt?