Religious Education

Team Leader: Miss C Miles

In RE we learn about the 6 major world religions focusing on Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We aim to give pupils an insight into what it is like to believe and follow these religions so that we can understand the world around us. As religion is increasingly in the news and we aim to show the positives of having a faith.  In RE we believe that the focus should be on people, what their beliefs are and how these beliefs may affect the way a person lives.  As well as looking at faith we also look at Humanist and atheist opinions.

Curriculum Overview: 
We aim to give pupils in KS3 a broad understanding of key beliefs in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.  We also study key issues in life from a variety of religious and non-religious perspectives.  In KS3 we introduce pupils to basic knowledge and skills required for those who choose to take Religious Studies as a GCSE examination course in KS4.

Key stage 3:
Year 7 topics include:

  • Skills
  • What do Christians believe?
  • What do Muslims believe?
  • What do Jews believe?

Year 8 topics include:

  • What is God?
  • Where did the world come from?
  • Is there life after death?
  • Moral issues

Assessment is done through a range of activities including controlled assessments and project work.

Please read the KS3 Progression Steps for Year 7 and 8

Key stage 4:
We offer a full Religious Studies GCSE. The course we deliver is Edexcel Specification B.  We study Religion and Ethics through an in depth study of Christianity.  Through this we look at key religious beliefs and practices in Christianity, as well as a range of issues including; marriage, divorce, sexual relationships, family planning, abortion, euthanasia and the natural world.  Our second unit of study is Religion, Peace and Conflict through an in depth study of Islam.  Through this we look at key beliefs and practices in Islam as well as a range of issues including; the aims of punishment, causes of crime, justice, the death penalty, attitudes to conflict, peacemaking, Holy War and terrorism.

Here is a recommended wider reading list for Christianity and for Islam for KS4 pupils.

How to support pupil learning: 
The VLE offers a wide range of support materials.