Sir James Smith's School

Religious Studies

Key Stage 3

Religious Studies at Key Stage 3 follows the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Students currently study a range of topics and issues including Science vs Religion and how Christians can encourage justice in the world. We also look at influential figures from different religions and focus on Buddhism and Islam in addition to Christianity.

In Year 7, students are introduced to issues around religion and why it’s important to many. They spend time looking at the County of Cornwall and it's large number of Saints which reflect its spirituality, and have a detailed look at the life of Jesus.

In Year 8, students contemplate how spirituality can be expressed through the arts and the culmination of this scheme of work is students completing a piece of art to enter into the Spirited Arts competition.

In Year 9, students are asked to ponder such questions as "Does God exist" and how decisions are made.  They then look at Islam in some detail.

Students in Key Stage 3 will be assessed using STEPS.  To find out more about how this works, please click on the links below:  

STEPS Overview

STEPS for Morality and Ethics

Morality and Ethics

Key Stage 4

Morality and Ethics combines elements of Religious Studies and Citizenship.  Students gain a full GCSE at the end of Year 11 through looking at Religious attitudes to the following topics: 

  • Relationships
  • Sport and Leisure
  • The Multicultural Society
  • Identity
  • Human Rights
  • Matters of life and Medical Ethics
  • Attitudes to the Elderly and Death
  • Drug Abuse
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Poverty
  • Work  

Careers and Employment

There are three main ways of 'using' Morality and Ethics in the world of work:

      1. Careers where it is important or useful to have knowledge of what really matters to people: health care, child care, medicine, psychologist, customer services.
  1. Careers which make good use of the research, investigatory and report writing techniques learned in studying religion: law, police work (forensic), psychology, public services, management. 
  2. Careers where you need specific knowledge of religions: teaching, social work, archaeology, museum work, fine art, conservation/natural history, architecture, youth work.

The Live Lounge

The Live Lounge has proved to be very popular with Religious Studies and Morality and Ethics students at school. Guests are invited to speak to a class or group in a ‘Live Session’ and students are able to sit on the sofas and beanbags in the Learning Resource Centre  as the audience. Any guest we invite must be prepared to answer questions as invariably SJS students have lots!

Previous guests have included Truro’s Bishop Tim,  PC Dave Thompson, Homeless charity St Petroc’s, an ex-criminal, a Muslim speaker, Brook, LED Christian rock band, Wardens from Dartmoor Prison and many others.


Please click on the following links to see the Programme of Study for the different Key Stages:

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