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KS3 Religious Education

Year 7

Religious Education is a subject that provides opportunity for religious, emotional or spiritual growth and more importantly it is a subject that can equip young people with valuable skills such as the ability to communicate with and understand people, developing empathy and respect towards others and having a positive effect on social cohesion. It provides young people with the skills to critically think about the world in which we live in and the people whom we live alongside. RE is a complex and challenging subject focused on developing critical thought amongst young people.


Topic Content
1.      Big questions

This introductory topic gives pupils the opportunity to get an insight into what RE looks like at Ernulf Academy. They will ask and try to answer big questions such as “how did we get here?” and “what is my purpose on earth?”

The main purpose of this topic is to encourage thinking skills and encourage pupils to consider their own beliefs.

Pupils will:

Learn different people believe about the meaning of life (brief overview of humanism, hedonism, religion, nihilism and materialism)

Consider the meaning of life for them

Consider the big question “does God exist?” by examining what different philosophers say about the existence of God including William Paley, Blaise Pascal and Ludwig Feuerbach

Explore different religious and non-religious creation stories (religion vs science)

Explore the concepts of faith, grace and salvation

Explore biblical miracles and modern miracles

Consider what it means to have a vocation

2.      Christianity

Pupils study Christianity in three parts: history, beliefs and practices. This knowledge will be built upon through key stage 3 and 4.

Explore the beginnings of Christianity and the Early Church

Learn about the main beliefs and teachings of Christianity, including the life and death of Jesus Christ

Explore how Christians put their beliefs into practice

Learn relevant biblical parables and their meanings

3.      Prejudice and discrimination

This PSHE- like unit gives pupils the opportunity to discuss issues relating to inequality, prejudice and discrimination in society. This unit aims to promote empathy and respect for others and should aid personal development.

Learn about stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination and figure out where they come from

Look at real life examples of prejudice and discrimination, examining the negative impact they have on society

Learn about racism and gender issues

Learn about inspiring people who have stood up to inequality throughout history

4.      Hinduism

Pupils study some of the main aspects of Hinduism. At this stage, pupils will be able to compare two different religions, pointing out similarities and differences.

Pupils will learn about the Hindu gods and goddesses

Explore key beliefs such as karma, samsara, moksha and dharma

Learn about modern Hindu worship and important festivals

Examine Hindu beliefs about treatment of the environment and violence


Year 8-9

Please note this information will be added in due course…