Academy Life

Religious Education

Head of department:
Mrs Anna Brotherton [email protected]

Our Vision:

Teachers are dedicated to excellence with high expectations, where students experience the religions at the heart of Britain and take pride in their work.

We can turn every learner into a pupil that can reflect upon the experiences and the mysteries of life and the contribution of religious and spiritual dimensions. Every learner has the opportunity to develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. An enquiring pupil will be able to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in the United Kingdom and thereby develop confidence in their own beliefs and values.

Our Curriculum Rationale, Intent and Design:

Our curriculum has been carefully considered to include Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics. For example, in Year 7 our curriculum is sequenced to enable our students to gain a foundation of understanding of world religions and non belief and the religious context of their local community in. This is then built upon through the in depth study of Abrahamic religions where pupils reflect on how we can learn from key texts and stories. Lastly, pupils move from beliefs to practices within religion, including a detailed study of worship in the major faiths. The sequencing of all year groups use spaced practice to continually review knowledge of the major religions and build upon understanding, skill and memory retention.

This supported through the use of retention quizzes, spaced practice, dual coding and deliberate practice every lesson to support pupil retention of knowledge and skills. Regular assessment through ‘Do Now’ retention quizzes based on prior learning and assessments allow for regular Assessment for Learning and progress checks.

RE Curriculum:

Year 7: In Year 7 all students study Religious Education once a week. In Autumn Term they study a scheme of work called ‘Our Religious Community’. This scheme explores the concept of God, belief and non-belief. Students learn about God in the 6 major religions, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. They also look at non-religious world views including atheism and Humanism. Students will consider reasons why people are religious and what religious festivals are celebrated in their local community.

In Spring Term students study ‘Abrahamic Religions’ and learn about the key stories and texts from Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For example, students learn about The Good Samaritan, the Covenant with Abraham and What Muslims believe about Jesus/Isa.

In Summer Term students study ‘Worldwide Worship’, exploring the major religious celebrations in the 6 main world religions and study the concept of worship through a thematic approach, including the study of pilgrimage.

Year 8: In year 8, all students study Religious Education for one hour a week. In Autumn term they study ‘Let us suffer no longer’. This looks at the concepts of evil, suffering and forgiveness from the perspectives of the word religions including Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam.

In Spring Term students study ‘Rites of passage’, exploring coming of age, marriage and death from a multi faith perspective, including Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

In Summer Term students study ‘Ethical issues & justice in society’, exploring ethic issues such as euthanasia, animal rights and how religions respond to poverty.

Year 9: Students will choose to either major or minor in Religious Education in in Year 9.

Year 9s focus on 2 of the major religions that are reflected in the majority of belief in the local community – Christianity and Islam. Students will look at Christian beliefs and practices including key concepts such as the Holy Trinity, salvation, forgiveness and eschatology. In addition, students will study Islamic beliefs and practices including key concepts such as the 6 beliefs of Islam, the 5 roots of Usul ad’Din and Muslim Holy Books.

Year 10: Students will have the option to choose GCSE Religious Studies. The GCSE students will be taking is Edexcel ‘GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies B: Beliefs in Action’. They study two religions, Christianity and Islam.

Christianity ‘Paper 1: Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics Option 1B – Christianity’. Topics include the core Christian beliefs, Marriage and the family, Living the Christian life and Matters of life and death.

Students who have opted for the GCSE Religious Studies will continue with this course and complete the topics listed above to finish the Christianity ‘Paper 1’.

Students then begin their second religion in ‘Paper 2: Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict – Option 2C – Islam’. Topics include Muslim beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Living the Muslim Life and Peace and conflict.

Year 11: Students who have opted for the GCSE Religious Studies will continue with this course, completing the Islam ‘Paper 2’ topics listed above until they take their GCSE exam in May.

Exam Board Links:

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies B (2016) Pearson

The scheme of work can be found by clicking here

Past Papers can be found by clicking here

Additional information and guidance can be found by clicking here

Revision Guides:

Revision guides are available to purchase using ParentPay at a significantly reduced price of £2.50 from the recommended retail price of £5.99. The recommended GCSE Religious Studies revision guide by school is the ‘Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Christianity and Islam Revision Guide’ published by Pearson and endorsed by Edexcel.

This is available to purchase directly from the publisher by clicking this link here