Religious Education – Subject Content – KS3

Year 7

Term 1
“Key Concepts” The concepts studied are concepts that are familiar to both religious and non-religious people. Students will express their own views and experiences, whilst learning about the views and experiences of others.

Term 2
“Christianity” During this term Students will undertake a unit where they have an introduction to key beliefs and concepts, different denominations and what Christians believe. They will look at the concept of God as well as who Jesus was.

“Authority” In these lessons students will look at the concept of authority in more detail. They will enquire into various forms of authority and how people respond to them.

Term 3
“Islam” In this unit the students will look at key beliefs and concepts, Stereotypes and prejudices of Islam and Issues regarding Islam in the world today.

“Death and the Afterlife” In this unit students will look in detail at why do people believe in the afterlife, as well as by looking at various traditions, customs and celebrations.

Skills being Developed

Develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.
Develop how they express their own views, feelings and opinions.
Begin to understand and interpret the beliefs held by billions of people.
To be able to cope with bereavement and help those in mourning


Year 8
Term 1
“Good, Evil and Suffering” This unit will look at where does evil and suffering come from? What explanations there for evil and suffering? How should people and religious people respond?

“Christianity” During this term Students will examine aspects of Christianity, using knowledge from Year 7. The focus for students will be on the concepts of forgiveness, atonement and salvation.

Term 2
“Inspirational Figures” In this unit students will look at people who have shaped the world to be what it is today. Students will look at people such as Martin Luther King and Ang San Suu Kyi and the principle they demonstrated, such as equality and justice.

“Planet Earth and the Environment” In this unit the students will start to look at the origins of our world and some of the many explanations of how we came to be. They will examine the possible origins and how this could affect how the world is viewed and in turn used.

Term 3
“Islam” The focus of this unit is to use prior knowledge of Islam and apply it to other specific situations/concepts E.g. Zakat, Jihad etc.

“Poverty” In these lessons students will look at the issue of poverty. They will look at the reasons for, and effects of, poverty. They will then look at the responses of themselves and others towards poverty.

Skills being Developed

Develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.
Develop how they express their own views, feelings and opinions.
Further understand and interpret the beliefs held by billions of people.
An appreciation of different ethical and moral teaching.
An appreciation of different ideas, views and values in response to various social and global issues.


Year 9
Term 1
“War and Peace” In this unit students will examine war; is it ever justified? What are the alternatives? What are the consequences? They will enquire into how are world has been shaped and changed and the effects of war on religious people and the wider world.

“Crime and Punishment” Students will look at the various attitudes towards crime and punishment. They will respond with their own ideas towards what should happen to criminals and whether or not capital punishment should ever be used as a punishment.

Term 2
“The Holocaust” In this unit the students will look at the Holocaust from a religious perspective. They will look at the religious connotations of what occurred, as well as how the Jewish community have responded to it. This will be done by looking at concepts such as remembrance and justice.

“Extremism and Islamophobia” During this term Students will look at the concept of extremism and the effect this has on Islamophobia. Learners will then examine Islamophobia and the consequences that this has.

Term 3
“Sanctity of Life” In this unit the students will examine the value of human life, where does it come from? Does it belong to anyone or anything? They will also look at the value of life in relation to animals and the concept of stewardship.

“Christianity” In these lessons students will enquire into some higher level Christian concepts , such as incarnation and resurrection. They will examine these concepts and the effects that these have on the lives of the believer.

Skills being Developed

Develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.
Develop how they express their own views, feelings and opinions.
Understand and express their ideas towards their own place in the world.
Further develop their appreciation of difference and diversity and the effects of intolerance.
A greater appreciation of different ideas and views, towards national and global issues.