Religious Studies (KS3)

classroomYear 7 

In Religious Education in year 7 students have the opportunity to discover why understanding beliefs is important, the reasons people have the beliefs that they do and begin to evaluate and weigh up different people’s beliefs, making links and forming conclusions. They begin to explore religious texts, concepts and issues of truth and authority in religion. Throughout the year students will have opportunities to develop and express their own beliefs and ideas as well as being able to describe the beliefs of others. Year 7s have opportunities to enhance their literacy, take part in creative activities and prepare an extended project exploring the life of Corrie Ten Boom.

In Year 7 students are taught for an hour a week in mixed ability tutor groups and they will focus mainly on Christianity. Students are assessed every term through personalised assessment criteria to assess if they are making the expected progress.

Year 8 

In Year 8 students study ultimate questions about God and the origins of the universe as well as Buddhism and Islam. They deepen their understanding of important beliefs, concepts and issues of truth and authority in religion. Year 8 students will apply their understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and practices to a range of ultimate questions and ethical issues, with a focus on self-awareness, relationships, rights and responsibilities.

In year 8 students are taught for an hour a week in mixed ability tutor groups. Students are assessed every term through personalised assessment criteria to assess if they are making the expected progress.

Year 9 

In Year 9 all students begin the GCSE course (See KS4 Religious Studies overview). Students follow the new revised specification AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification 8062A. In year 9 students study the Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of Christianity.

Students are assessed through regular Independent Study tasks, GCSE style assessments and an end of Year exam using the 9-1 grading system.

Year 9 students are taught for an hour a week in mixed ability classes.

Link to the subject specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062