Religious Studies

Welcome to our RS Department

Who We Are

Miss R Wood ( Curriculum Leader)

Miss R Cairns

Mr G Bell


Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Autumn Term

The Christian Church

  • Introduction to the study of religion
  • Central Beliefs of Christianity including what is meant by the ‘The Christian Church’?
  • Belonging to a community
  • Denominations
  • Becoming Christian everyday – The impact of beliefs upon actions
  • Christianity as a global religion
  • What might the Church be like in the future?

Spring Term

Islam in Modern Britain

  • Initial stereotypes and questioning preconceptions – introducing facts about Islam in Britain
  • The 5 pillars of Islam
  • Issues of Identity – Can we have more than one identity? What does it mean to be British and by ‘British Values’?
  • Religious freedom in UK and other countries
  • Is Britain the best place to be a Muslim?


  • Origins of the faith and introducing the themes of suffering, sacrifice and covenant
  • Abraham and Isaac
  • Moses
  • Jewish celebrations and symbolism
  • The Synagogue – Reform & Orthodox
  • Suffering in modern Jewish history including the Holocaust

Summer Term

Heroes of Faith

  • What is a hero?
  • Being a religious hero – how faith influences actions
  • Is Jesus a hero of faith?
  • Study of a range of examples of heroes of faith – what makes them a hero of faith? To what extent are they a good hero of faith? Examples include Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Gandhi, Dalai Lama

Learning to Learn 

To be successful in education it is essential to acquire knowledge but if only this was the only requirement, understanding how we learn, how to acquire and consolidate knowledge, how to revise and the importance of our environment on our learning are essential skills that support our educational goals. In years 7 and 8 we will spend time, with our students, discussing these areas which will give your child the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and at home.

In year 7 and 8 the unit of study will cover:

  1. What can you do outside the classroom
  2.  How the brain works
  3.  What type of learner are you
  4.  Working in groups  / learning from each other
  5.  Reflecting on your learning
  6.  Writing to persuade
  7.  Writing to describe
  8.  Writing a report
  9.  Memory
  10.  Spelling
  11.  Enquiring – Researching ( using the internet/sources/plagerism)
  12. Revision Skills 

Year 8 - Autumn Term

Eastern Religions

  • Introduction to Eastern Religions
  • Hindu ideas about God
  • Hindu beliefs about life after death
  • Hindu celebrations e.g. Holi
  • Buddhism - the life of the Buddha
  • Understanding Buddhist truths, Eightfold path and 5 precepts and the impact they have on the lives of Buddhists
  • Buddhist celebrations e.g. Wesak
  • Sikhism – Gurus
  • Sikh symbols, Khalsa and the meaning of God to Sikhs.

Spring Term

Interfaith Dialogue

  • Researching the Religious make-up of the local area and the UK. Understanding the UK as a multi-faith society
  • Understanding what is meant by ‘religious truth’
  • Christian attitudes towards different faiths
  • Considering similarities and differences in society
  • Interfaith Events
  • Interfaith Groups

Work related Learning

  • Who do you think you are?
  • Which careers suit you?
  • Researching careers
  • How to successfully select your options
  • How much do you know about the world of work?

Learning to Learn

Philosophy of Religion

  • What is philosophy?
  • Why do people believe in God?
  • Who is God?
  • Introduction to the following philosophical theories: Design argument, causation, the problem of evil and suffering.
  • How did the world come into existence?
  • Does God exist? Considering arguments for both sides of the argument.

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: Edexcel

The aim of the religious studies course is to learn about a variety of moral issues relevant to today's world.

Progression: Religious Studies develops your analysis, problem solving, evaluating, writing, empathy and communication skills. All these skills are transferable to all subjects at Key Stage 4 and 5 and in higher education or the work place.

Religious Education allows you to

  • explore the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning
  • express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, and engage with them intellectually and respond personally
  • enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and contribute to social and community cohesion
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes

Assessment: 100% exam based