At Key Stage 3, students deepen their understanding of beliefs, concepts and life issues in religion with reference to the 6 major world faiths (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism). Students apply their understanding to a range of ultimate questions and ethical issues and they reflect on the impact of religion by considering the importance of interfaith dialogue and investigating the diversity in religion. These religions and worldviews are studied in the following units:
Concepts of God - Is there a God?
- Spirituality - What does it mean to be spiritual?
- The Life of Jesus - Learning about/from Jesus
- Buildings and Places - Where do religions worship and what is the significance?
- Religion and Art - Expressing religious concepts through art.
- Religion throughout the world - Global communities
Journey of Life - an exploration of different religions journey through life
- Judaism - What do Jews believe?
- Religion and the Environment - why care for the planet?
- Islam - What do Muslims believe?
- Where did the world come from? - Understanding scientific and religious ideas of creation.
- Influential people and what motivates them - Investigating influential people such as Aung San Suu Kyi,
- Mother Theresa, Oscar Romero and Maria Gomez.
Hinduism - What do Hindus believe?
- Gandhi - Who was Gandhi, what did he do, what motivated him?
- Philosophical Questions - Why are we here? Who are we? What happens when we die? Where did we come from?
- The problems of evil and suffering - What problems does the existence of evil and suffering pose for religious believers and why?
- Buddhism - What do Buddhists believe?
- Humanism - What is a Humanist and what do they believe about moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the environment and war.
Pupils are assessed twice a term on two main aspects. Learning about religion and learning from religion. Firstly students will investigate and analyse religious beliefs and secondly they will communicate their own ideas and evaluate their own and others’ beliefs about world issues.