SRSP 7-11 Unit 1 Our World

This unit asks the question, ‘How do we know?’

It is concerned with ways in which we perceive the world around us and questions whether everything is as it seems. It considers whether we can rely on sense-data and common sense, and uses Abbott’s ‘Flatland’ concepts to develop ideas about reality.

The question of perception is fundamental to examining a religious and scientific approach to the world.

This unit consists of four lessons and is suitable for pupils aged from 9-11 years.

Key Questions

  • How do we know about the world?
  • Is science “common sense?”
  • Is what we see of the world all there is?
  • What do we know about the world?

Some of the materials can be viewed on screen and some can be downloaded for editing or printing. To view the pdf files you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, to listen to the AV files you need to have the Quicktime plugin.

Unit Resources

Unit Proforma and links to RE and science curricula (Word)

Unit Proforma and links to RE and science curricula (PDF)

 

Lesson 1

Lesson Plan (Word)

Assessment (Word)

Question Web (PDF)

 

Lesson 2

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 1: Can we always trust our senses 1: Rene Descartes (Word)

Rene Descartes Audio

Click to listen, if you’d like to download this audio, right click on the link and select “Save link as”

Pupil Resource Sheet 2: Can we always trust our senses 2: Isaac Newton (Word)

Isaac Newton Audio

Click to listen, if you’d like to download this audio, right click on the link and select “Save link as”

 

Image resources for the whiteboard (Click to enlarge)

 

Lesson 3

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Work Sheet A: Is science common sense? 1/3 (Word)

Pupil Work Sheet B: Is science common sense? 2/3 (Word)

Pupil Work Sheet C: Is science common sense? 3/3 (Word)

Assessment Sheet 1: How things move (Word)

Assessment Sheet 2: How things move (Word)

 

Lesson 4

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 1: 2D and 2D shapes (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 2: Flatland (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 3: Flatland School (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 4: Discussion Sheet (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet [G&T]: Flatland Puzzles (Word)

© 2011 LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion)