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Key Stage 3

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) at The King’s School gives students an opportunity to explore challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality. It provokes enquiry into issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Lessons provide an environment for animated discussion, personal reflection and spiritual development, where students are encouraged to explore the views of others, while developing their own perspective on life. They are encouraged to see themselves as individuals, growing up in the context of a diverse society, as members of as global.

Course content

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Personal & local identity  Secular & religious authority & leadership Moral codes in world religions
Exeter Cathedral & Mosque visits  Jewish beliefs Contemporary attitudes to crime & punishment
How is human spirituality expressed through creative arts  Reasons behind the Holocaust Evaluating the merits of different forms of punishment
Rights & responsibilities  Hindu beliefs, symbols & practices Does God exist?
Exploring religious attitudes & teachings on freedom & duty  The Caste System Why do we suffer?
   Life as a Sikh in Britain today Does science disprove religion?
   Challenging stereotypes Do we need God to have morals?
  Conflict, respect & diversity Buddhist teaching on mediation & englightenment
  Life in multi-cultural/multi-religious Britain The struggle of Aung San Suu Kyi.
  Case studies: Northern Ireland & Birmingham  


Curriculum Maps

More information on what is taught in each academic year, together with termly assessment can be found by clicking on the following links:


Year 7 Curriculum Map and assessment
Year 8 Curriculum Map and assessment
Year 9 Curriculum Map and assessment

Department Marking Policy

To view the department marking policy, please click on the icon below:


RPE Department Marking Policy

Method of Assessment

There are a variety of methods we use in assessing academic progress in RPE, including concrete and observational techniques. The overall aims of
assessment are to aid the processes of learning, allowing students to know at what level they are working and how to improve. Written assessments are carried out at the end of most units, giving students structured and differentiated tasks to complete.
Independent Learning
Independent learning tasks are set to extend students’ understanding and skills. This may be a written answer, a piece of research, a longer term project or a survey to feed back for class discussion. Written work will be marked regularly, with appropriate encouragement, comments and feedback.

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