KS3 Curriculum Overview: Religious Education


Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Why are we here?

Key Disciplines:

Philosophy and Ethics

Ethos links

Milton Keynes
Character – RRK.
STEM & sustainability links.

Knowledge
  • Meaning of life.
  • Introduction to Philosophy.
  • Linking to stewardship/ dominion, school/ MK link – caring for local environment.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making judgements, creating and innovating.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Autumn Term 2 & Spring Term 1

Judaism – Should we always keep a promise?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, History, Sociology and Textual Study

Ethos links

Character – respect, responsibility and kindness.
Community/ Milton Keynes

Knowledge
  • Theme of covenant.
  • Adam and Eve – nature of G-d, relationship with humanity, Shabbat.
  • Noah – monotheism.
  • Abraham – monotheism, Shema.
  • Moses – Decalogue, mitzvot, Kosher.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making judgements, creating and innovating.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Spring Term 2 & Summer Term 1

Christianity – Who was Jesus?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, History, Sociology, Ethics and Textual Study

Ethos links

Character – respect, responsibility and kindness.
Community/ Milton Keynes

Knowledge
  • Focus on the life of Jesus.
  • Birth, miracles, parables, death, resurrection. How can these be interpreted? Man or God? Moral teacher or lawbreaker? Messiah?
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making judgements, creating and innovating.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Summer Term 2

Science and religion – Do religion and science have to always conflict?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, Sociology and Philosophy

Ethos links

STEM – links with scientific theories and contrasting them with religious viewpoints.

Knowledge
  • Contrast between scientific ideas about the world and religious perspectives.
  • Focus on Big Bang, Evolution and miracles.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making judgements, creating and innovating.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Year 8

Autumn Term 1 & 2

Islam – How do Muslims express their faith?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, Ethics and Textual Study

Ethos links

Character – Responsibility, respect, and kindness.

Knowledge
  • Meaning of Islam, focus on faith.
  • Abrahamic religions – chance to link to Y7 learning.
  • Nature of Allah for Muslims.
  • Influence of the Qur’an today.
  • Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), 5 pillars & Islamic art.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Spring Term 1

Philosophy – Are we truly free?

Key Disciplines:

Philosophy

Ethos links

Character – Responsibility, respect, and kindness.

Knowledge
  • Plato’s Cave, what is reality?
  • Descartes.
  • Body vs mind.
  • Challenging ideas and stretching thinking.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Spring Term 2 & Summer Term 1

Buddhism – Is all life suffering?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, Application of Scripture, Philosophy and Ethics

Ethos links

STEM – ethics and science, critical thinking skills.
Sustainability – environmental ethics.
Character – Respect.

Knowledge
  • Story of Siddhartha Gautama.
  • Life as a prince, 4 sights, renunciation, asceticism, enlightenment, teachings.
  • Using these teachings to explore evil and suffering – how can we all apply these key principles?
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Summer Term 2

Life After Death – Is death the end?

Key Disciplines:

Sociology, Theology

Ethos links

STEM – contrasting religious and scientific ideas.

Knowledge
  • Comparing/ contrasting ideas about life after death from the religions studied so far, with scientific views.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Year 9

Autumn Term 1 & 2

Sikhism – Why should we promote equality?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, Ethics and Textual Study

Ethos links

Character – Responsibility, respect, and kindness.

Knowledge
  • Story of the Gurus, leading to Guru Granth Sahib.
  • Story of Malik Bhago and Lalo.
  • Sewa.
  • Identity & 5Ks.
  • Worship = Gurdwara and langar.
  • Focus on equality and honour.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Spring Term 1

Ethics – Is it ever right to fight?

Key Disciplines:

Philosophy

Ethos links

Character – Responsibility, respect, and kindness.

Knowledge
  • Pacifism, Just War, nuclear weapons/ WMD, religious teachings about peace/ conflict.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Spring Term 2 & Summer Term 1

New Religious Movements – What counts as a ‘religion’?

Key Disciplines:

Theology, Application of Scripture, Philosophy and Ethics

Ethos links

STEM – ethics and science, critical thinking skills.
Character – Respect for different opinions and viewpoints.

Knowledge
  • Focus upon the foundations and core beliefs of the Illuminati, Scientology, Rastafarianism, Humanism, Ethical Veganism.
  • What constitutes a religion?
  • How does a cult differ from a religion?
  • Ninian Smart’s 7 dimensions of religion.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.

Summer Term 2

Sociology – Should the media be banned from talking about religions?

Key Disciplines:

Sociology, Theology

Ethos links

Character – Responsibility, respect, and kindness.

Knowledge
  • Impact of media upon perceptions and stereotypes.
  • Prejudice and discrimination, eg) Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, etc.
Key Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding. Enquiry, explanation, evaluation and analysis.
  • Questioning, thinking, reasoning and making reasoned and informed judgements.
  • Creating and innovating.
  • Religious comparisons. Making links and applying knowledge.
  • Using scripture to support reasoning.
  • Developing writing skills, using evidence and explanation to support arguments.
Assessment
  • Verbal and written questioning.
  • Continual knowledge and skills checks throughout the topic.
  • Developing supported explanations.
  • End of topic assessments.
  • End of year exam (May) focusing on the topics completed up to that point, assessing knowledge and skills that we have developed across the year.
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