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Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief including Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

At KS3 pupils study

Year 7

  1. Buddhism - Beliefs and Practices
  2. Humanism - Beliefs and Practices
  3. Christianity - The Revelation of God
  4. Life after Death (Christianity, Humanism, Buddhism)
  5. Environment and Stewardship
  6. Narrative Theology

Year 8

  1. Why is there suffering? (Christianity and Buddhism)
  2. Where does the universe come from? (Creation Stories/Big Bang/Evolution)
  3. The diversity of Christianity
  4. Wealth and Poverty
  5. Islam: Identity and Belonging
  6. Inspired Leadership (Impact of faith on society)


Year 9   

  1. Do Animals have rights? (Applied Ethics)
  2. History of Belief in the UK
  3. War and Peace (Islam and Christianity)
  4. Human Rights and Justice
  5. How do people go about making decisions in an ethical way?
  6. The Big Question


KS4 - Year 10 - Two Year Course

3 modules are studied from a Christian and Buddhist perspective. Philosophical & Ethic Studies in the modern world 

  • Issues of Relationship (Marriage/Divorce/Sex & Contraception

  • Issues of Life and Death (Creation/Abortion/Euthanasia/ Life after death)

  • Issues of Good and Evil (Crime and Punishment/ Forgiveness/Evil and Suffering)

  • Issues of Human Rights (Discrimination/Martin Luther King/ Wealth and Poverty) 

2. Study of Christianity - Beliefs, Teachings and practices of Christianity

3 Study of Buddhism - Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of Buddhism

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Express their opinions in an appropriate way
  • Listen to the views of others 
  • Respect the views of others
  • Take part in debates
  • Make decisions based on their opinions
  • Reflect on what they think

Students will be assessed


  • Against RE KPIs. Each topic will focus on 2 KPIs and all students will be given opportunities to achieve this KPI more than once during the assessment period. 

  • KS3 assessments will be formal exam questions written in the same structure as a GCSE paper to ensure students are prepared for GCSE writing skills. 

KS4 - Year 10

  • Students will be assessed at least once every half term on the topic studied

  • Students will complete 2 mock exams in this subject to support their progress.

  • Students will sit three examinations at the end of the course. (1 x 2hr, 2 x 1hr) 

  • No Coursework 

How you can help?

  • Buy any suitable revision guides suggested by the RE teacher at KS4

  • Support our intervention and revision sessions at KS4

  • Cut out any articles of interest from magazines and newspapers.

  • Encourage topical discussions and share your views with your son/daughter, especially during homework time.

  • Watch relevant TV programmes.

If you would like to discuss the work that we do or further information about the RE curriculum then please contact Miss N Pitman pitmann@carter.poole.sch.uk


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