Key Stage 3 Religious Studies
In Key Stage 3 pupils study a number of world religions, at least half of which is Christianity (a legal requirement).
Skills Developed

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.


Year 7

Key Topics Covered

• Debate around the role religion plays in influencing whether or not a person is good.
• The challenges and rewards a teenage Christian/Buddhist/Muslim faces today.
• Jesus and the extent to which he was radical.
• Christian and Buddhist beliefs.
• To what extent living biblically means obeying the bible.
• How people can express the spiritual through the Arts.

Year 8

• Differences in belief between Christians and Muslims.
• Whether or not we need to prove God’s existence.
• The relationship between the wealth of religious institutes and poverty.
• The role of happiness within the purpose of life.
• Reasons behind suffering.
• The role of religion in creating peace or conflict in the world today.

How is This Subject Assessed?

Pupils are continually assessed through a range of strategies including, extended writing, peer assessment and formalised tests.