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2019

 
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Year 7 CARE

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Common Unit

Unit Description - Semester 1

Introduction to Religion and World Religions

Students begin their study of CARE in Middle School with an introduction to the study of religion and what constitutes a ‘religion’. They explore key concepts and ideas that feature throughout the Year 7 to 10 CARE curriculum and begin to develop a skills-based approach to the study. They will develop working definitions of ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’, learn about the ‘Eight Characteristics of Religion’, discuss their own ideas and opinions about the place of religion within society, and explore the beliefs of other members of their community.

In Semester 1, students will study and research one of the world’s major religions. Students select a religion of their choice from the major religions in the world and formulate their own research questions. They investigate their chosen religion and present their findings in the form of a website which they create. In this way they continue to develop their research skills, ICT skills, as well as helping to build their own understanding of the range of beliefs and practices alive in the world today. Throughout the unit they develop research and analysis skills and participate in group discussions around what it means to have faith, their own understanding of the key messages of different faiths and of Christianity.

Throughout the semester, students also explore their own spirituality through a range of meditative and reflective exercises designed to help them connect with the world beyond the physical.

During the year, students are asked to participate in Community Service, introduced through the idea that community service is a typical response to faith and beliefs which people hold. This activity is linked to the concept that beliefs are then expressed through our actions. Students should complete three hours of community service, some of which we will attempt to provide during CARE class time, but mostly this should be completed outside of class time. Then, students will be asked to reflect on their experience at the end of the academic year. Ideally, service to others becomes part of each student's life while at Carey and beyond.

Assessment

  • World Religions Research Task.

 

Unit Description - Semester 2

Introduction to Christianity and Morality

Students begin Semester 2 with an introduction to Christianity covering its origins, historical context, an overview of the biblical narrative, life and ministry of Jesus, and how Christians in our modern world live out their beliefs.

Students continue their studies in Semester 2 by exploring some key questions about Christianity. The unit has been designed around an Inquiry Based Learning model where students are encouraged to explore their own questions about Christianity. Each lesson is centred around a key question and students follow a specific Inquiry process to find the answers to that question. This builds on the units in Semester 1, further enhancing students’ knowledge and understanding of ‘religion’, ‘spirituality’, ‘belief’ and ‘faith’, as well as maintaining a focus on research and inquiry skills. Over the course of this unit, students will explore key questions including; How did Christianity begin? Who is Jesus? Why is Jesus important? Who wrote the Bible and why? What is God like for Christians? What are some main Christian beliefs? How do Christians live out their beliefs? Students will investigate the life and impact of contemporary and historical figures in the Christian community including; William Carey, Moira Kelly, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. This leads students to investigate a person who has made a significant contribution to their society, their beliefs and how they have put these into action.

Students then explore their own questions about Christianity using the Inquiry Process they will have used throughout every lesson. The creation of the questions they wish to research, the inquiry process they follow, and the presentation they produce as a result, forms their assessment task for this semester.

Finally, and following on from their investigation of significant Christian individuals, students are introduced to a brief introductory unit on morality and ethics. In this unit students are encouraged to consider; what do I believe and value, where do my beliefs and values come from, what influences people to form their beliefs and values, and how do these beliefs and values influence my actions.

Throughout the semester, students also explore their own spirituality through a range of meditative and reflective exercises designed to help them connect with the world beyond the physical.

During the year students have been asked to participate in Community Service, introduced through the idea that community service is a typical response to faith and beliefs which people hold. This activity is linked to the concept that beliefs are then expressed through our actions. Students should complete three hours of community service, some of which we will attempt to provide during CARE class time, but mostly this should be completed outside of class time. Then, students will be asked to reflect on their experience at the end of the academic year. Ideally, service to others becomes part of each student's life while at Carey and beyond.

Assessment

  • Christianity Inquiry Task.
  • Community Service.