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Religious Studies at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students receive one lesson per week in Year 7 and Year 8. We follow the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which states that pupils should learn about the six major world religions in a greater depth to what they did in Key Stage 1 and 2.

Syllabus Content

Year 7:



What does ‘God’ mean?

We start with an introduction to the idea of God, exploring the characteristics we associate with God and debating whether we think God exists.

Learning from the Leaders

We explore the main founders/ leaders from the six world religions, looking at what they hoped to achieve, what messages they wanted to pass on to their followers, whilst also contemplating their importance to religions today.


Students study the importance of Jesus for Christians and develop an electronic project book to show their understanding of his life’s work and how this has an impact on Christians today.

Sacred places

Students look at a range of different places of worship, discovering the significance of certain features, whilst considering the importance of these places to religious people.


Year 8:




We start by looking at what helps to shape people’s identity- exploring how values and beliefs can affect the way we behave and the way we are treated. We then go one to explore the Holocaust; looking at how peoples’ identity was effected throughout this time period, including their religious belief.

What is ethics?

Students are introduced to a range of ethical theories, contemplating what makes an action ‘good’ or ‘bad’. They apply these different theories to ethical dilemmas and attempt to discover what sort of ‘ethicist’ they are.

Prejudice and discrimination

The final topic in Year 8 allows students to explore the ideas surrounding stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. After looking at a range of examples in history, students then go on to complete a project on Martin Luther King Jr.


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