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Religious Studies KS3

  • To enable students to develop the skills, insights, and understanding needed to understand a diverse society.
  • To give students the tools needed to understand and relate to people whose beliefs, values and viewpoints may be different from their own.
  • To encourage pupils to explore how human beings make sense of their existence and the world around them, whilst also giving them opportunity to explore the meaning, purpose, and value of their lives.
  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the present and the future.

Our approach is in accordance with the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus ‘Living Difference’ and we aim to engender a spirit of enquiry and interest in our pupils rather than fostering any particular religious standpoint.

Year 7
Year 8
  • Autumn Term – Students study the foundation of religion through an experiential unit on ‘The Island’. Following this, students study the concept of the ‘sacred’ with an independent enquiry of their own on this concept. Students complete the introductory unit with a study on ‘belief’.
  • Autumn Term – Students study a cycle of learning on what it means to be human with an investigation into the concept of the soul.
  • Spring Term – Students study key concepts in Buddhism in a cycle of learning: Impermanence and Sangha. This concludes with a focus on the story of Aung San Suu Kyi as an example of Buddhist practise in a contemporary setting
  • Spring Term – Students complete a study on what it means to be a Muslim looking at concepts such as: Identity, Tahweed, Jihad, and Ummah.
  • Summer Term – Students study key concepts in Judaism in a cycle of learning: covenant, Israel, remembrance and mitzvah.
  • Summer Term – Students focus on the key concepts of Christianity: Incarnation, Resurrection, Agape, and Forgiveness. Following this, students complete an independent enquiry on a chosen person e.g Martin Luther King or Corrie Ten Boom.


Key assessment details

Religious Studies is an academic subject and a high standard of work is expected from pupils. Homework is set regularly and pupils’ progress is closely monitored through class work, assessments, and records of achievement. There are six assessments in the year with a different focus of skill in each one.


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