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KS3 Religious Education

In RE students reflect upon, develop and affirm their own beliefs, values and attitudes through the exploration of shared human experience and the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world. Students develop an awareness and understanding of Christianity and the other major world faiths.

Religious Education does not seek to impose beliefs upon the students or promote one religion over another. It encourages the search for meaning through the development of enquiry skills. Students are encouraged to create questions and identify ways of finding answers to questions of meaning.

Each year is a themed approach:

Year 7 - Where do we belong?

RE is provided through a unique Faith Day experience.

Year 8 - Where can we find guidance in our life?

Unit 1: Islam - 9 weeks 

What is special?

Unit 2: Judaism - 9 weeks 

Should all promises be kept?

Unit 3: Buddhism - 6 weeks 

What are the signposts in our life?

Unit 4: Christianity - 10 weeks 

What is real?

Year 9 - Philosophy: What matters most?

Unit 1: Is equality possible? - 12 weeks 

Consider different forms of prejudice and discrimination and the effects they have on others. Explore various religious teachings used to challenge prejudice and discrimination. Investigate how some people have put their faith into actions in combating these beliefs.

Unit 2: How do people make sense of the Holocaust? - 5 weeks 

Explore the different religious responses to the events that took place during the Holocaust. Consider a belief in God in light of such suffering.

Unit 3: What is fair? - 7 weeks 

Exploring issues of poverty, human rights and fair trade from the perspective of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.

Unit 4: Is Death the End? - 12 weeks 

Exploring Hindu and Christian beliefs about life after death.

Support at home:

  • Gain an understanding of the enquiry question for each unit.
  • Help your child learn the meaning and spelling of keywords for each unit.
  • Read the Students Information Booklet kept in the front of your child’s exercise book.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions about events e.g. a weddings, festivals.
  • Discuss events that happen within the news.
  • Consider different people’s responses.
  • Make references to news articles.
  • Encourage students to research the life and work of people who have put their faith into action e.g. Martin Luther King.
  • Consider influential people within their own life.
  • Discuss quotes from philosophers or religious people.
  • Watch films together.
  • Discuss the possible messages which are conveyed within them.
  • Speak to people you know about their religious beliefs and practices.
  • Check planners/Show My Homework to ensure homework is completed.