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Religious Education

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The main aim of religious education (RE) is to engage pupils in enquiry into the significant questions raised in the world which religion addresses. Pupils develop the understanding and key skills needed to appreciate and evaluate responses to these questions, as well as developing their own educated responses.

What skills will pupils develop?

Pupils will learn the skill of educated debating using facts and statistics. Pupils will develop the skill of forming and sharing their own opinion, whilst accepting that someone may respectfully disagree.

What will help pupils to learn?

Pupils will learn about different lifestyles and attitudes. For example, pupils will learn about different opinions of key questions which are raised by our society such as relationships, crime and punishment and beliefs about God.

KS3 Course Structure

Year 7

Autumn term: an introduction to Christianity and the life of Jesus, including Christian beliefs about God and what it means to belong to Christianity.

Spring term: an introduction to four major world religions.

Summer term: pupils will be introduced to the concept of stewardship and religion vs science arguments.

Year 8

Autumn term: pupils will study examples of injustice and how people have fought against it. Pupils will also study an in-depth topic of the Holocaust.

Spring term: pupils will study arguments for and against the existence of God.

Summer term: pupils will study the Sanctity of Life.

Year 9

Autumn term: pupils will study Christian and Sikh beliefs and teachings.

Spring term: pupils will study Crime and Punishment.

Summer term: Christian practices and the role and meaning of Sacraments. Pupils will finish year 9 studying a topic of relationships and families.

KS3 Assessment

Key Stage 3 pupils will be assessed throughout the year on the content that they have studied along with key skills.

Pupils will be assessed using GCSE question stems which will prepare them for the demands of Key Stage 4.

All pupils will receive revision guides to aid them in their preparation for assessments but will also be actively encouraged to carry out independent study.

KS4 Course Structure

Year 10

Autumn: pupils study Christian beliefs and practices and a thematic study of religion and life.

Spring: pupils will study Sikh beliefs and practices, including worship and services.

Summer: a thematic study of religion, human rights and social justice, along with the role of the church and the local and worldwide community.

Year 11

Autumn: pupils will study Christian worship and Sikh festivals and lifestyle.

The remaining time in year 11 will be spent completing exam preparation and revision.

KS4 Assessment

Pupils study Religious Studies A, following the AQA board.

Paper 1: Beliefs, teachings and practices

96 marks +6 SPAG

1hour 45 minutes – 50%

Paper 2: Thematic studies

96 marks +6 SPAG

1hour 45 minutes – 50%

Pupils will be assessed throughout their time in Key Stage 4 through the participation of the whole school mock exam series. Pupils will also be regularly assessed in class using internally prepared exams.

All pupils will have access to revision guides and other materials along with weekly revision sessions.


Mrs A Rose

Head of Department

Miss Sansom

Second in Department

Mrs Z Hadley

Teacher of RE

Miss A Riley

Teacher of RE

Opportunities out of lessons

GCSE revision sessions are held weekly within the department.

There are several opportunities for pupils to learn outside of the classroom including visiting local places of worship. The department continuously pursues opportunities for pupils to visit places of significance including the National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Career Pathways in this subject

As RE covers a wide spectrum of topics and develops many transferable skills there are numerous career pathways available through the study of RE. Such pathways may include law, journalism, teaching and social work.