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KS3 Religious Education

About RE

The RE department seeks to enhance students’ understanding of religious, ethical and philosophical issues.

Why should you study RE at Longsands?

RE is not just about learning facts and figures.

Religion can be considered the most important influence on the lives of everyone in the world. Even if we think that we do not believe in any religion, and that it is nothing to do with us, nevertheless, it affects a great many aspects of our everyday lives, wherever we live. Religious belief has been with humanity since the very beginning. It is an attempt to explain those things for which we do not otherwise have an answer: why are we born, why do we suffer, what happens to us when we die?

Studying RE leads to:

  • an understanding of where people’s beliefs come from
  • an understanding of why people view the world differently
  • an examination of the fundamental questions of life
  • the weighing up of different beliefs, opinions, and experiences
  • the working out of one’s own views about how to live our lives
  • the ability to relate the beliefs, values, and experiences of others to our own experience of life

In addition, the department offer a range of extra curricular activities. As well as working with the Anne Frank Schools Programme, the department run annual trips to Poland and a Key Stage 5 trip to Rome.

Key Stage 3 RE

  • The topics studied are:Year 7
  • Why study RE?
    Why do people believe in God?
  • What is the significance of religious symbols?
  • What’s so special about being a human being?
  • Who am I?

Year 8

  • Introduction to Judaism
  • What is the difference between Orthodox, Progressive and Secular Jews?
  • Who was Anne Frank?
  • Why does the Holocaust matter?
  • My Enquiry: Museum Exhibition of the Holocaust and other Genocides

Year 9

  • Should animals have rights?
  • Contemporary moral issues in the modern world
  • Medical Ethics, with a particular focus on the morality IVF and Saviour Siblings
  • Introduction to Ethics and thought experiments
  • Racism and Civil Rights in America

RE Journey