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Key Stage 3 Programme of Study:

The programme of study follows the Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. It aims to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and key skills in preparation for GCSE Religious Studies.

Year 7 Autumn Term Year 7 Spring Term Year 7 Summer Term

Introduction to RS and Worship:

–          Different ways of seeing.

–          Ultimate questions

–          Fact, opinion, belief and faith

–          What is worship?

–          What are different ways of worshipping?

–          Worship in Christianity

–          Worship in Islam.



–          What is a miracle?

–          Do miracles happen today?

–          Biblical miracles: Old Testament and New Testament.

–          Miracles Assessment.



Big Questions in Christianity:

–          Who was Jesus?

–          What are the key events in Jesus’ life?

–          What are the key events of Holy Week?

–          What are meant by the terms resurrection and ascension?

–          What is the Turin Shroud?

–          Assessment


Common and divergent beliefs:

–          What is a denomination?

–          Common and divergent beliefs within Christianity.

–          Common and divergent beliefs within Islam.


Students study the nature and purpose of parables specifically the parables of Jesus and the role of parables in Christianity and other world religion. Assessment.


Pilgrimages: Unit of work exploring the role of pilgrimages within the major world religions including; Lourdes, Hajj, and Kumbh Mela.


Year 8 Autumn Term Year 8 Spring Term Year 8 Summer Term

Big Questions in Buddhism:

–          Is Buddhism a religion?

–          Buddhism and suffering: The 4 Noble Truths, The 3 Marks of Existence, The Eightfold Path.

–          Meditation

–          Mandalas

–          Reincarnation


Ethical Questions:

Unit of work exploring the nature of Ethical Questions including absolute / relative and practical / applied ethics.


An Introduction to Islam:

–          The Nature of Allah

–          Shirk

–          Prophethood

–          Prophet Muhammed

–          The 5 Pillars

–          Angels


Faith in Action:

Unit of work exploring the beliefs, lives and work of religious individuals such as:

–          Martin Luther King

–          Maximillian Kolbe

–          Oscar Romero

–          Gandhi

–          Mother Teresa


Year 9 Autumn Term Year 9 Spring Term Year 9 Summer Term

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings

–          The Nature of Allah

–          Sunni / Shi’a Islam

–          The 6 Articles of Faith

–          The 5 Roots of Shi’a Islam

–          Prophethood and Angels.

–          Sources of Wisdom

–          Beliefs about the End of Life



Religion, Peace and Justice

–          The aims of punishment

–          The treatment of criminals

–          Capital Punishment

–          War

–          Violence

–          Pacifism


Good and Evil

–          Concepts of Good and Evil.

–          The origins of evil

–          The concept of The Devil

–          The Fall

–          The Problem of Evil

–          Theodicies.

–          Discovering the right way to behave.