Religious Education

R.E. helps students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning. The students express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. 

Key Stage 3

We run a two year enquiry based Key Stage 3 course which allows students to explore the six major world religions whilst undertaking half-termly independent research and creative homework projects.

Year 7 programme of study:

Autumn term - Islam

Key Question: ‘The Shahadah is the most important Pillar’ Do you agree?

Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Places of Worship

Creative RE Homework Project: The 99 names of Allah

Spring term - Christianity

Key Question: ‘Jesus did not resurrect’ Do you agree?

Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Faith in Action

Creative RE Homework Project: The Miracles of Jesus

Summer term - Sikhism

Key Question: ‘Guru Nanak is the most important Guru’ Do you agree?

Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Religious Leaders

Creative RE Homework Project: The Teachings of Guru Nanak

Year 8 programme of study:

Autumn term - Hinduism

Key Question: ‘God can only have one form’ Do you agree?

Independent Learning RE Homework Project: God is…

Creative RE Homework Project: God & Worship

Spring term - Judaism

Key Question: ‘The Pharaoh was right to refuse to free the Hebrew slaves’ Do you agree?

Independent Learning RE Homework Project: The Holocaust

Creative RE Homework Project: The 10 Plagues

Summer term - Buddhism

Key Question: ‘If everyone was a Buddhist there would be no suffering’ Do you agree?

Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Festivals

Creative RE Homework Project: The Cycle of Samsara

Key Stage 4

RE is compulsory for all KS4 students and taught by dedicated subject specialists. We pride ourselves on our engaging and contemporary schemes of learning which incorporate breaking news, documentary, and popular film culture to ensure that students can see the relevance of the subject in 21st Century Britain. Students are encouraged to debate their own beliefs and opinions whilst showing respect and tolerance for those of others both within the class and the wider community.

Year 9 programme of study:

Students begin the extended KS4 curriculum by following the AQA Entry Level Certificate syllabus Units A7 and B4 and can achieve an externally assessed qualification on the completion of an internally assessed evidence portfolio.

Autumn term

  • The Characteristics of God
  • Science and Religion
  • The Existence of God
  • The Afterlife

Spring term

  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering
  • Immortality
  • Miracles
  • Revelation

Summer term

  • Introduction to morality and life issues 

Further information can be sourced from the AQA ELC website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/elc 

Students continue to develop their skills throughout years 10&11 by progressing onto the AQA Religious Studies GCSE Specification B syllabus Units 2&3. The qualification is awarded on the completion of two externally assessed examinations at the end of year 11 each worth 50% of the final grade. 

Year 10 programme of study:

Autumn Term

  • Religion & Early Life
  • Religious attitudes to Matter of Life (Medical Ethics)

Spring Term

  • Religious Attitudes to Death and the Elderly
  • Religious Attitudes to World Poverty

Summer Term

  • Religious Attitudes to Rich & Poor in British Society
  • Religion & Prejudice 

Year 11 programme of study:

Autumn Term

  • Religion, War & Peace
  • Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse

Spring Term

  • Religious Attitudes to Crime & Punishment
  • Religion & Planet Earth/ Religion & Animal Rights

Summer Term

  • Revision & Exam Technique

Further information can be sourced from the AQA GCSE website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-4055