KS3 Religious Studies

Religious Studies


The place of Religious Education in the lives of children and young people keeps changing. Some things are constant and every person, growing up, finds their own values and beliefs by which to live. The tensions of our differences are creative and fascinating for most of us, but occasionally they cause conflict. The place of religion in the modern world can be challenging. It is therefore vital to help young people to develop their own ideas and ways of living, to learn to be reasonable about belief and religions and to be respectful to those who see the world differently.

Religious Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum.  In accordance with legal requirements, at Biddenham we follow the ‘RE Agreed Syllabus for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton’.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a combination of teacher observation, written work and project based work.

What books will be studied ?

During your studies you will look at various philosophical religious texts and writings including the Torah, Bible, Qur’an, Guru Granth Sahib, and Sutras

Is there anything else I need to know?

In Religious Education we try to encourage students to understand and empathise with people who have different beliefs and values to them.  We aim to ensure that lessons are inclusive and all our students encouraged to explore and question their own beliefs, morals and values and to ask questions about the purpose of our lives in light of religious and philosophical teachings.

How does this subject prepare students for GCSE option choice in year 9?

All students are expected to sit GCSE Religious Studies and there it is a compulsory subject.  During year 7 and 8 we aim to develop the skills and understanding necessary to succeed at GCSE including literacy.

What extra curricular opportunities are available for this subject and what can I do at home to challenge myself?

There will be opportunities to take part in the Queens Park Faith Tour.  Religion and ethical issues affect everything we do. Therefore it is good to be informed.  To develop your understanding of the moral and ethical issues we face you should be regularly watching and reading the news.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact: Mr Forster: paul.forster@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Exam Board Information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062