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Key Stage 3

Religious Education at Key Stage 3

In order to allow pupils to pursue Religious Studies at GCSE and beyond, it is anticipated that the programme followed by your child during Key Stage 3 will be as follows.

Topics Covered per Half Term

 

Term

 

Year 7

Autumn 1

  • RQ1:  Who am I?
  • RQ3: Who is my neighbour.

Content: Religious rules

  • KSQ3.1 How do religious and secular beliefs give purpose and direction to life?
  • KSQ 3.3 What do religious teachings teach about helping others?  Does such teaching apply in a secular world?

AT2: Identity, diversity and belonging

Autumn 2

  • RQ4:  How should I lead my life?

Content:  Showing how people belong to religious communities. 

  • KSQ3.4 Are religious teachings about behaviour relevant to modern life?

Important religious leaders

AT2: Values and commitments

Spring 1

  • RQ13 Where do people’s beliefs come from?

Content:  Important places (pilgrimage). 

  • KSQ3.13 How does the religious believer demonstrate their commitment to a belief?

AT1: Beliefs, teaching and sources

Spring 2

  • RQ10:  How is belief expressed through symbols and action?

Content:  Symbols.

  • KSQ3.10 Why is symbolism used in religion?

AT1 : Expressing meaning (Forms of Expression)

Summer 1

  • RQ10:  How is belief expressed through symbols and action?

Content:  Places of worship

  • KSQ3.10 Why is symbolism used in religion?

AT1 : Expressing meaning (Forms of Expression)

Summer 2

  • RQ5 Where do I belong?

Content: Acts of worship (to include prayer, holy communion, etc)

  • KSQ3.5 What is the value of belonging?

AT2: Identity, diversity and belonging.

 

Term 

Year 9 

Autumn 1

  • RQ9: What do people believe about God?

Content: Paley’s design theory, Christian, Jewish and other creation theories.

  • KSQ 3.9 What are the main arguments for and against the existence of god?

AT1: Beliefs, teaching and sources

Autumn 2

  • RQ9: What do people believe about God?

Content: Look at the idea of god in different religions.

  • 3.9 What are the main arguments for and against the existence of god?

AT1: Beliefs, teaching and sources

Spring 1

  • RQ14:  Why do people’s belief and practice differ?

Content: Celebrations (festivals)

  • 3.14 What is the purpose of celebration and what effects does it have on believers?

AT1: Practices and ways of life

Spring 2

  • RQ5 Where do I belong?

Content: Birth and initiation ceremonies.

  • KSQ3.5 What is the value of belonging?

AT2: Identity, diversity and belonging

Summer 1

  • RQ2:  How do people express their beliefs through worship and celebration?

Content: Marriage  Ceremonies

  • KSQ3.2 What is the value of marking special occasions?

AT1: Practices and ways of life

Summer 2

  • RQ12:  How do people make sense of life and death?

Content:  Death ceremonies and the belief in the afterlife.

  • KSQ 3.12 How do religions explain death?

AT2: Meaning, purpose and truth

 

Term 

Year 9 

Autumn 1

  • RQ8: Has science got all of the answers?

Content: Proof and evidence. Evolution and creation

  • KSQ 3.8 Are religious and scientific views about the origin of the world compatible?

AT1: Beliefs, teaching and sources

Autumn 2

  • RQ7:  How do people make sense of hardship and suffering?

Content:  Look at different types of suffering and why religions think suffering happens.

  • KSQ 3.7 How can an all loving God allow suffering?

AT2: Meaning, purpose and truth

Spring 1

  • RQ7:  How do people make sense of hardship and suffering?

Content:  Look at examples of suffering in the world, focus on religious responses

  • KSQ 3.7 How can an all loving God allow suffering?

AT2: Meaning, purpose and truth

Spring 2

  • RQ6:  How should we relate to others and to the natural world?

Content: stewardship, environmental concerns, animal rights.

  • KSQ3.6 Is life sacred and what implications does this have?

AT2: Values and commitments

Summer 1

  • RQ6:  How should we relate to others and to the natural world?

Content: sanctity of human life, focusing on issues of abortion, suicide and euthanasia.

  • KSQ 3.6 Is life sacred and what implications does this have?

AT2: Values and commitments

Summer 2

  • RQ11:  How do people express their beliefs about truth?

Content: Looking at the differences between truth and belief.

  • KSQ 3.11 What form of truth is conveyed in religious writing?  What implications does this have?

AT2: Meaning, purpose and truth