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

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?
  • Christianity
  • Religion and Science
  • Buddhism
  • The problem of evil and suffering
  • Environmental and global issues

Year 8

In year 8 students are able to learn and investigate;

  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Sikhism
  • Does religion make the world a better place?
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism
  • 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.