RE Key Stage 3

“In RE pupils learn about religious and non-religious worldviews in order to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious worldviews make. Pupils learn to express their insights and to agree or disagree respectfully” (Durham agreed syllabus 2020)

In key stage 3 at Boldon students will be taught about how religion can be defined, how religious belief is expressed and how it affects behaviour. In year 7 students will evaluate the purpose of these studies and it is the hope that they will realise the benefits that learning about other people’s beliefs and cultures can have on a harmonious world. They will go on to explore Christian and Hindu belief and practices in year 7 and Buddhist in year 8. Year 8 also allows for some thematic exploration and includes topics such as is there life after death? And are animals more important than humans? Students will learn about a wide variety of differing views and will be given the framework to begin to form views of their own.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Key Concepts

Introduction to Religious Education and the importance of symbolism.

Does Life after death exist?

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and war and peace?

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Knowledge

Students will learn how to understand and appreciate the beliefs, views and practices of other people. This half term includes: 

-The fundamental factors of RE such 

-Why do we learn RE?

-What do we value?

-The difference between opinion fact and belief

-Key vocabulary.

Skills

    • Investigation
    • Analysis
    • Reflection
    • Expression
  • Empathy

 

Knowledge

Students learn to understand that different religions have different versions of the afterlife. They study what the world religions teach about their beliefs and how they influence believers lives.

 

-What do different people believe happens after death? 

-Does the soul exist? Can we prove it and does it prove life after death exists? 

-What are near death experiences and are they proof of life after death?

-How do different cultures deal with death? 

 

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Reflection
  • Expression
  • Personal Reflection

Knowledge

Students will develop an awareness of conflict around the world and how religious believers and non-believers respond to them. 

Issues in term one include:

-Types and causes of war

-Are there ever any justifiable reasons to fight?

-What does protest look like? -Why is violent protest wrong?

-The different “costs” of war and are they worth it? 

-Christian teachings in support of and against war

Skills

  • Investigation & Research
  • Enquiry
  • Personal reflection
  • Expression
  • Debate
  • Empathy
Quality Mark Assessments

“There is no point studying RE at school if I am not religious” Write a balanced argument in reply. Extended writing task. (12 marks)

Discuss if Near death experiences help to prove life after death exists. Write a balanced argument.

(12 marks)

Explain reasons why some people agree with war whilst others do not. (5 marks)

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Introduction to Religious Education and the importance of symbolism

 

Knowledge

Students are introduced to Symbolism and the role it plays in everyday life and in religion. 

Topics include:

-What are symbols and why are they used?

-How do religions used symbols?

-What do the religious symbols represent?

Does Life after death exist?

Knowledge

Students continue investigating idea about the afterlife and the different way it is approached. Topics include:

-Are ghosts real and do they prove life after death exists?

-What is Dia de los Muertos?

-What do different world religions believe about life after death?

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and war and peace?

 

Knowledge

Students continue their exploration of the Theme of war and peace. They will focus on key concepts of 

-Forgiveness, justice and reconciliation

 -helping victims of war 

-Holy and Just war

– Responses to terrorism

Quality Mark Assessments

“Explain what symbolism is and how it is an important part of religion”

Explain 2 different religious beliefs about life after death

Discuss the religious reasons against terrorism. Are there any reasons to support it? (5)

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Why is it hard to believe in God?

Knowledge

Students learn how people decide what their truths and beliefs are for them. They will also learn ways in which some people claim we can prove God’s existence and arguments against this.

Topics include: 

-How do we choose what to believe?

-What is truth and are there different types?

-Arguments for and against the existence of God. 

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Enquiry
  • Personal Reflection
  • Critical thinking

Who is the Buddha and why is he special?

Knowledge

Students will gain an understanding of the main figure and founder of the Buddhist religion. Topics include:

-Who was Siddhartha Gautama and how did he become the Buddha?

-The story of the Buddha’s life

-How the 4 sights influenced Siddhartha’s beliefs

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Enquiry
  • Philosophical thinking

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and war and peace?

 

Knowledge

Students continue their exploration of the Theme of war and peace focusing on:

-The use and ownership of nuclear weapons.

-Is religion a major cause of war?

-What is pacifism and how do religions promote it?

Quality Mark Assessments

“Explain 2 religious reasons for the existence of God”                                           

Explain the ways in which the Buddha was considered special.

‘Religious believers should be the main peacemakers in the world today’

This is a balanced argument, extended writing piece of work.      (12 marks)

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Why is it hard to believe in God? 

Knowledge

Students continue to investigate why not all people believe in God. Topics in this term include:

-Analysing various ways used to prove God’s existence

-Cosmological argument

Teleological argument

-Religious experience

 

Who is the Buddha and why is he special?

 

Knowledge

Students continue their studies of the Buddhist teachings.

Topics include:

-Enlightenment

The 4 Noble Truths

-The eightfold path

-The 3 marks of existence

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and crime and punishment

 

Knowledge

Students will gain an understanding of why people commit crimes and how they are dealt with by the justice system. 

Issues include:

-Types of crime

-Causes of crime

-Hate crimes

-Why crimes are punished.

Skills

  • Investigation & Research
  • Enquiry
  • Personal reflection
  • Debate
Quality Mark Assessments

“God cannot exist” Write a balanced argument in reply to this. (12 marks)

Explain 2 reasons why the 4 Noble Truths are an important teaching

Explain two religious beliefs about ’hate crimes’.

Refer to an example, sacred writing or another source of religious belief and teachings in your answer.         (5 marks)

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Why is Hindu worship so special?

Knowledge

Students will learn about the basic tenants of Hinduism including the belief in both many and one God. 

The importance of the home and family in developing Hindu beliefs and values.

In this term topics include:

-What does it mean to worship?

-Who is Brahman?

-What are the roles of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses?

Skills

  • Expression
  • Analysis
  • Enquiry
  • Reflection

How do world religions approach moral issues?

 

Knowledge

Students will gain an understanding that religious beliefs can determine how a person approaches a moral dilemma. 

Topics include:

-What are moral issues?

-Are animals as important as humans?

-Should we look after or rule over animals?

-Is it right to eat meat? 

Skills

  • Personal reflection
  • Analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and crime and punishment?

 

Knowledge

The focus turns to Christian beliefs and how they respond to offenders.

Issues include

-Aims of punishment

-Reformation

-Deterrence

-Retribution 

-Suffering and forgiveness

Quality Mark Assessments

Choose one Hindu God and present an information poster showing their importance to Hindus.

Discuss “Animals are not as important as humans”! Write a balanced argument in reply.       (12 marks)

“It is right to forgive all offenders whoever they are and whatever they’ve done”

This is a balanced argument, extended writing piece and must include use of religious teachings. (12 marks)

Summer Term

(May-July)

Why is Hindu worship so special?

Knowledge

In the final term students continue their learning about Hindu worship. Topics include:

-The Trimurti

-How is Hindu worship part of a daily routine?

-Puja and symbolism

-The festival of Diwali

How do world religions approach moral issues?

 

Knowledge

Students continue to study how world religions approach moral issues and begin to develop their own views and opinions. 

Topics include:

-Why do we learn about the environment in RE?

-Why and how should we look after the planet?

-Why are some people prejudiced against others?

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and crime and punishment?

Knowledge

The final issues in the crime and punishment unit include

-Corporal punishment

-Capital punishment

-The Prison System

-Community service

Quality Mark Assessments

Explain 2 reasons why Diwali is an important Hindu festival (5 marks)  

“The planet is ours to do with as we like” Is this true? Write a reply. (12 marks)

“Capital punishment is always wrong” Write a balanced argument in reply to this statement. (12 marks)


Year 7

Key Concepts

Introduction to Religious Education and the importance of symbolism.

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Knowledge

Students will learn how to understand and appreciate the beliefs, views and practices of other people. This half term includes: 

-The fundamental factors of RE such 

-Why do we learn RE?

-What do we value?

-The difference between opinion fact and belief

-Key vocabulary.

Skills

    • Investigation
    • Analysis
    • Reflection
    • Expression
  • Empathy

 

Quality Mark Assessments

“There is no point studying RE at school if I am not religious” Write a balanced argument in reply. Extended writing task. (12 marks)

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Introduction to Religious Education and the importance of symbolism

 

Knowledge

Students are introduced to Symbolism and the role it plays in everyday life and in religion. 

Topics include:

-What are symbols and why are they used?

-How do religions used symbols?

-What do the religious symbols represent?

Quality Mark Assessments

“Explain what symbolism is and how it is an important part of religion”

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Why is it hard to believe in God?

Knowledge

Students learn how people decide what their truths and beliefs are for them. They will also learn ways in which some people claim we can prove God’s existence and arguments against this.

Topics include: 

-How do we choose what to believe?

-What is truth and are there different types?

-Arguments for and against the existence of God. 

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Enquiry
  • Personal Reflection
  • Critical thinking
Quality Mark Assessments

“Explain 2 religious reasons for the existence of God”                                           

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Why is it hard to believe in God? 

Knowledge

Students continue to investigate why not all people believe in God. Topics in this term include:

-Analysing various ways used to prove God’s existence

-Cosmological argument

Teleological argument

-Religious experience

 

Quality Mark Assessments

“God cannot exist” Write a balanced argument in reply to this. (12 marks)

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Why is Hindu worship so special?

Knowledge

Students will learn about the basic tenants of Hinduism including the belief in both many and one God. 

The importance of the home and family in developing Hindu beliefs and values.

In this term topics include:

-What does it mean to worship?

-Who is Brahman?

-What are the roles of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses?

Skills

  • Expression
  • Analysis
  • Enquiry
  • Reflection
Quality Mark Assessments

Choose one Hindu God and present an information poster showing their importance to Hindus.

Summer Term

(May-July)

Why is Hindu worship so special?

Knowledge

In the final term students continue their learning about Hindu worship. Topics include:

-The Trimurti

-How is Hindu worship part of a daily routine?

-Puja and symbolism

-The festival of Diwali

Quality Mark Assessments

Explain 2 reasons why Diwali is an important Hindu festival (5 marks)  


Year 8

Key Concepts

Does Life after death exist?

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Knowledge

Students learn to understand that different religions have different versions of the afterlife. They study what the world religions teach about their beliefs and how they influence believers lives.

 

-What do different people believe happens after death? 

-Does the soul exist? Can we prove it and does it prove life after death exists? 

-What are near death experiences and are they proof of life after death?

-How do different cultures deal with death? 

 

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Reflection
  • Expression
  • Personal Reflection
Quality Mark Assessments

Discuss if Near death experiences help to prove life after death exists. Write a balanced argument.

(12 marks)

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Does Life after death exist?

Knowledge

Students continue investigating idea about the afterlife and the different way it is approached. Topics include:

-Are ghosts real and do they prove life after death exists?

-What is Dia de los Muertos?

-What do different world religions believe about life after death?

Quality Mark Assessments

Explain 2 different religious beliefs about life after death

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Who is the Buddha and why is he special?

Knowledge

Students will gain an understanding of the main figure and founder of the Buddhist religion. Topics include:

-Who was Siddhartha Gautama and how did he become the Buddha?

-The story of the Buddha’s life

-How the 4 sights influenced Siddhartha’s beliefs

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Enquiry
  • Philosophical thinking
Quality Mark Assessments

Explain the ways in which the Buddha was considered special.

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Who is the Buddha and why is he special?

 

Knowledge

Students continue their studies of the Buddhist teachings.

Topics include:

-Enlightenment

The 4 Noble Truths

-The eightfold path

-The 3 marks of existence

Quality Mark Assessments

Explain 2 reasons why the 4 Noble Truths are an important teaching

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

How do world religions approach moral issues?

 

Knowledge

Students will gain an understanding that religious beliefs can determine how a person approaches a moral dilemma. 

Topics include:

-What are moral issues?

-Are animals as important as humans?

-Should we look after or rule over animals?

-Is it right to eat meat? 

Skills

  • Personal reflection
  • Analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation
Quality Mark Assessments

Discuss “Animals are not as important as humans”! Write a balanced argument in reply.       (12 marks)

Summer Term

(May-July)

How do world religions approach moral issues?

 

Knowledge

Students continue to study how world religions approach moral issues and begin to develop their own views and opinions. 

Topics include:

-Why do we learn about the environment in RE?

-Why and how should we look after the planet?

-Why are some people prejudiced against others?

Quality Mark Assessments

“The planet is ours to do with as we like” Is this true? Write a reply. (12 marks)


Year 9

Key Concepts

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and war and peace?

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Knowledge

Students will develop an awareness of conflict around the world and how religious believers and non-believers respond to them. 

Issues in term one include:

-Types and causes of war

-Are there ever any justifiable reasons to fight?

-What does protest look like? -Why is violent protest wrong?

-The different “costs” of war and are they worth it? 

-Christian teachings in support of and against war

Skills

  • Investigation & Research
  • Enquiry
  • Personal reflection
  • Expression
  • Debate
  • Empathy
Quality Mark Assessments

Explain reasons why some people agree with war whilst others do not. (5 marks)

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and war and peace?

 

Knowledge

Students continue their exploration of the Theme of war and peace. They will focus on key concepts of 

-Forgiveness, justice and reconciliation

 -helping victims of war 

-Holy and Just war

– Responses to terrorism

Quality Mark Assessments

Discuss the religious reasons against terrorism. Are there any reasons to support it? (5)

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and war and peace?

 

Knowledge

Students continue their exploration of the Theme of war and peace focusing on:

-The use and ownership of nuclear weapons.

-Is religion a major cause of war?

-What is pacifism and how do religions promote it?

Quality Mark Assessments

‘Religious believers should be the main peacemakers in the world today’

This is a balanced argument, extended writing piece of work.      (12 marks)

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and crime and punishment

 

Knowledge

Students will gain an understanding of why people commit crimes and how they are dealt with by the justice system. 

Issues include:

-Types of crime

-Causes of crime

-Hate crimes

-Why crimes are punished.

Skills

  • Investigation & Research
  • Enquiry
  • Personal reflection
  • Debate
Quality Mark Assessments

Explain two religious beliefs about ’hate crimes’.

Refer to an example, sacred writing or another source of religious belief and teachings in your answer.         (5 marks)

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and crime and punishment?

 

Knowledge

The focus turns to Christian beliefs and how they respond to offenders.

Issues include

-Aims of punishment

-Reformation

-Deterrence

-Retribution 

-Suffering and forgiveness

Quality Mark Assessments

“It is right to forgive all offenders whoever they are and whatever they’ve done”

This is a balanced argument, extended writing piece and must include use of religious teachings. (12 marks)

Summer Term

(May-July)

What are the issues surrounding religious belief and crime and punishment?

Knowledge

The final issues in the crime and punishment unit include

-Corporal punishment

-Capital punishment

-The Prison System

-Community service

Quality Mark Assessments

“Capital punishment is always wrong” Write a balanced argument in reply to this statement. (12 marks)