During the course of Key Stage 3 Religious Studies is looked at from a perspective of the major six religions; Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Students follow the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus.
The syllabus is intended to be a foundation providing a wider understanding for the Key Stage 4 GCSE. Each topic lasts for half a term and is assessed by an end of module assessment.
St Mary’s welcomes speakers to the school and particularly values the contribution of visitors from different faiths. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss different topics such as love and relationships, family life, places of worship and God.
Topics studied include:
Year 7: Introduction to Religion, Philosophy and Ethics; Beliefs about God; Jesus (Man or God?); Sikhism (Individual and Community); Christian Love
Year 8: Judaism; Life after Death; Is there peace in power (Gandhi and Martin Luther King); Christianity; Pilgrimage (What makes a journey special?); Islam
Year 9: Buddhism; Suffering and Evil; Is it ever right to fight?; A Life for a Life?