Key Stage 3 RE secures a starting point from which learners begin to explore the rituals and practises of religious people. This is known as learning about religion. As the learners progress through a Key Stage, we encourage wider learning called learning from religion. This gives learners the opportunity to address issues that face our world by considering that guidance that religion provides in relation to these issues.
Year 7 Religious Education
- What is RE? Focusing on key beliefs and religions.
- How and why do people worship? Focusing on a Mandir and how Hindus worship.
- What is the ‘Big Story’ told in the Bible? Focusing on how the big story is told in the Bible and whether it is relevant today.
- What does justice mean to Christians? Focusing on what justice is and Christian responses to it.
- Why was Gotama Buddha so special? Focusing on the important choices Buddha made about his life and his teachings.
- How religions use food to celebrate/ is it right to eat animals? Focusing on why some people are vegetarians and whether being religious affects your views about animals.
Year 8 Religious Education
- Who am I? Focuses on how religion gives some people identity and helps them make choices.
- What is the best kind of guidance? Focusing on different kinds of guidance that help people live their lives.
- From life to death: where are we going? Focusing on similarities and differences in religious beliefs about life after death.
- Does suffering make it impossible to believe in God? Focusing on some of the different types of suffering and some of the causes.
- Good versus evil: focusing on Christian, Hindu and Humanist religious points of view about the causes of evil.
- Technology – beauty or beast? Focusing on how gene technology could change our future and issues surrounding it.
Year 9 Religious Education
- Ethics: Marriage - Focuses on why people get married, the purpose of marriage and different types of marriage ceremonies.
- Ethics: Euthanasia - Focusing on the different types of euthanasia and different beliefs.
- Ethics: Abortion - Focusing on the laws and issues surrounding abortion.
- Ethics: Peace and justice - Focusing on whether wars are justified, aims of punishment and why people work for peace.
- Ethics: Equality - Focusing on key figures who have worked for equality around the world and the issues surrounding inequality.
- Philosophy: Religion and science - Focusing on whether science has ditched God and the reasons why people believe in God.