KS3 Religious Education (Yr 8)

Curriculum Overview

Point in Year

Unit of Work Title

Starting Point

Curriculum Content

Core Knowledge

Curriculum Content

Core Skills

Mid-term and Final  Assessments

Autumn Term 1

Religious Buildings

  • Names, use and importance of features of religious buildings.
  • Buildings covered include The Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Gurdwara, Pagoda and Mandir
  • Identify key features of religious symbolism
  • Describe and explain the similarities and differences between religions.
  • Extended written task
  • Summative assessment

Autumn Term 2

Worship Time

  • How people worship in the six main religions.
  • Similarities and differences in worship services.
  • Describe the key features of religious beliefs and practices.
  • Explain the impact religion has on people’s lives
  • Extended written task
  • Summative assessment

Spring Term 1

Journeys With a Purpose

  • Places of pilgrimage
  • Pilgrimage activities
  • Purpose of pilgrimages
  • Impact of pilgrimages on pilgrims
  • Recognise and recall some main points of key religious beliefs and practices.
  • Describe the key features of religious beliefs and practices and explain the impact religion has on people’s lives.
  • Extended written task
  • Summative assessment

Spring Term 2

Death and Beyond

  • Death rites in major religions
  • Beliefs about the after life
  • Influence of beliefs on believers.
  • Explain the diversity within different religions and begin to analyse different beliefs and practices.
  • Extended written task
  • Summative assessment

Summer Term 1

Guidelines Of life

  • Laws and rules that govern believers’ lives.
  • Purpose of such laws.
  • Impact on individuals and society.
  • Raise questions about religion and morality and express their own opinion.
  • Use reasoning and examples to express insights into a range of religious and moral issues.
  • Extended written task
  • Summative assessment

Summer Term 2

Follow the Leader

  • Religious leaders and their life work
  • The influence of beliefs on their life work.
  • Lessons from their lives
  • Raise, and suggest answers to, questions about religion and morality and express their own opinion.
  • Extended written task
  • Summative assessment