Key Stage 3 Religious Studies

Year 7

Year 7 will begin with a brief introduction to Religious Studies and then move on to explore and reflect upon a range of beliefs and practices within two World Religions, Islam and Christianity.


Introduction to Religion including the nature and scope of religious questions, religious language (with particular reference to some Creation Myths), and religious faith.

  • IPM Assessment – Creation Myths Task

Introduction to Islam including the life of Muhammad, the Five Pillars and the Qur’an.

  • IPM Assessment – An investigation into Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Spring & Summer

Introduction to Christianity including the central teachings of Jesus, the Cross and the Resurrection, the Christian Community (the Church, the Bible, Baptism and Communion) and Jesus’ miracles.

  • IPM Assessment – An investigation of Church Buildings, incorporating data gained from a field trip.

​Year 8

Pupils study a range of beliefs and practices of two World Religions including developing further work studied in Year 7.


The Teachings of Buddha including the Conversion of Gautama, the Three Signs of Being, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path

  • IPM Assessment – Nobel Eightfold Path – (Beliefs and teachings/meaning and purpose.

The Ways of the Buddha including Karma, Samsara & Nirvana, the Wheel of Life and meditation & worship

Introduction to Judaism including the stories of Abraham, Moses, the Exodus and the Promised Land, then the recent history of Judaism in the Holocaust and finally the contemporary application of Jewish laws, customs and practice.

  • IPM Assessment – What does it mean to be Jewish?

Spring & Summer

Christianity belief & practice including Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, early Christianity and the birth of the church.

  • IPM Assessment – Crucifixion – why did Jesus die?

  • IPM Assessment – Interview with Peter – the early church