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Religious Education: Key Stage 3

Subject Content:

At Key Stage 3, teaching and learning includes all six major world faiths, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, alongside understanding of non-religious approaches to life for example, Humanism.

There is a recognition of other belief systems and practices and understanding of the diversity within religions.

Building on their prior learning, students' extend their study to include Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as the other major world faiths, in a comprehensive way.

They draw on a wide range of subject specific language confidently and flexibly, learning to use the concepts of religious study. 

Students' will consider some important questions in life such as 'how can multi-faith Britain be more respectful?',  'does religion promote or prevent equality' and 'what does it mean to welcome others and belong to a community?'.  In the course of study:


  • Students' should investigate questions of beliefs, meaning and identity, using their increasing understanding of religions and other world views.
  • They should understand how beliefs influence the values and lives of individuals and groups, and how religions and other world views have an impact on personal, social and global issues.
  • They should be able to appraise the practices and beliefs they study with increasing discernment based on analysis, interpretation and evaluation, developing their capacity to articulate well-reasoned positions.
  • As an integral part of learning, students' will be given the opportunity to engage with people and communities of faith within school or through visits outside school.

KS3 Skills Taught

In RE students' discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions, in local, national and global contexts, through learning about and from religions and other world views.

They learn to appraise the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Teaching should equip students' with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.

It should develop in students' an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in society with its diverse understanding of life from religious and other world views.

Students' should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence.

They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.