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Key Stage 3 Religious Studies

Subject: Religious Studies

What will students learn? 

Religious Studies at KS3 allows students to know and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews and be able to critically engage with those views.  Students gain an appreciation for how these worldviews have impacted the world they live in at a local, national and global level.    

In KS3 students will study

Year 7: Introduction to religion

Origins of Abrahamic Faiths – how did the idea and worship of God develop; how did the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) develop?

Judaism​ – how did Judaism develop, how is Judaism practiced today within different denominations?

Christianity​ – how did Christianity develop, who is Jesus and how does he influence Christian practice around the world today?

Year 8 – Diversity across religions and non-religious views

History of Islam – how did Islam develop, what are key Islamic teachings (tawhid, Sunni, Shi’a Islam, Prophethood, Angels, the afterlife) and practices (5 pillars, Jihad, 10 Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam)

Philosophy of Religion – how have Philosophers tried to prove that God exists? Introduction to arguments such as: Design Argument, Cosmological Argument

Introduction to Sikhism - key Sikh beliefs, the development of the gurus, the Khalsa, the 5Ks, Sikh practices today

Year 9 – Christian attitudes to life and death

Christian/Western based ethics and morals – personal ethics/morals vs. Religious ethics vs. Country's ethics

History of the Church ​– understanding the origins of the Church from Saint Peter to the modern world

Christian denominations – how do different Christian denominations practice their religion, why do they have these different beliefs?

How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.

What resources can be used to support learning?


KS3 Religious Studies Overview



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