A range of skills are developed throughout Key Stage 3 Religious studies, in preparation for the GCSE RS (9-1):
- Develop knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, in relation to a range of philosophical and ethical issues
- Develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and practices
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith.
- Develop the ability to construct well- argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating your depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.
- Engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life.
- Reflect on and develop your own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what you have learnt and contribute to your preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.
- Understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies.
- Understand significant common and divergent views within religions and beliefs.
- Apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values, constructing well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values.
Key Topics Covered
A range of themes are explored, which enables students to discuss and develop their ideas through a number of key topics and questions;
- What is Religion?
- Religion and Science
- The problem of evil and suffering
- Environmental and global issues
In year 8 students are able to learn and investigate;
- Religion, peace and conflict
- Does religion make the world a better place?
- Life, death and the soul
How is This Subject Assessed?
Pupils are continually assessed through a range of strategies including, extended writing, peer assessment and formalised tests.