Curriculum

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religious Studies aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds.

Religious Studies equips pupils to meet the circumstances of living in modern society, and become good citizens. It promotes a sympathetic understanding of religions, including both those that are locally represented and those which have been formative in the lives of people in the history of the world. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Through Religious Studies, pupils gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Introduction to Muslim Identity
  • Beliefs and Values of religions
  • Leaders and Founders
  • Religious Scripture
  • Sacred texts in religions
  • Research project on Sources of Authority
  • Religion and Science
  • What religious people think about evolution
  • Is there a purpose to life?
  • What is death?
  • What is the soul?
  • What is reincarnation?
  • Places of Worship in religions
  • Celebrations in different religions
  • Practice of marriage within different religions
  • Compare & contrast different Religious Pilgrimages
  • War peace and conflict in religions
  • Ethics and values
  • Religious responsibility
  • The World – Khalifa & Stewardship
  • Pollution
  • Are we responsible for planet earth?
  • Are the rich responsible for the poor?
  • Project work on creating awareness of world poverty.

 

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Key Beliefs in Islam
  • Authority in Islam
  • Prophets
  • Worship, duties and festivals in Islam
  • Key Beliefs in Christianity
  • Worship and festivals in Christianity
  • Relationships and family

Contrasting beliefs in Christianity and Islam on:

  • Relationships
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Cohabitation
  • Contraception
  • Role of the family
  • Purpose of the family
  • The role of men and women
  • Gender equality
  • Gender prejudice and discrimination

Religious, Philosophical & Ethical Studies

  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion and Life
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • N/A – pupils sit their GCSE exams at the end of Year 10
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (8062)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits to places of worship for all major world religions throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.