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Curriculum: RE Key Stage 3

As per the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, Christianity forms the basis of much of the Key Stage 3 syllabus. In addition to this, students will also study aspects of Buddhism and Islam and explore secular responses to contemporary moral issues.

Students are assessed using two attainment targets;

  • Learning about Religion
  • Learning from Religion

These targets are obviously closely related. Levels of attainment are awarded at the end of Key Stage 3 and reported to parents. The Key Stage 3 curriculum takes students through:

Year 7 - An Introduction to the major world religions. The Church then and now and the reasons for denominations within The Church. Philosophy for Children. Arguments for and against the existence of God. Buddhism.

Year 8 - The Journey of Life (rites of passage). Inspirational people. Inspirational places (Pilgrimage). An Introduction to moral issues – animal rights.

Year 9 - Methods of moral decision making. Moral Issues – an investigation of the student’s choice. Transplant surgery. The Holocaust. Forgiveness. Cornish Spirituality including festivals.

As students enter Year 9, the curriculum begins to take on the requirements of the GCSE in Religious Education.

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Religious Education is available here 

If you have any further questions please contact 

Mrs V Downing - Head of RE / PD



Richard Lander School