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Religious Studies

Subject: RE
Contact: Mrs E. Merryweather


All students study Religious Education at Key Stages 3 and 4. It is offered as an option at KS5 where we offer an A Level in Religious Studies. Throughout each Key Stage students study a wide variety of world religions and ethical and philosophical themes. The aim of RE as a subject is to make a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. It enables pupils to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.



Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Years 7, 8 & 9. We start in Year 7 with an introductory course “Philosophy for Kids”, which introduces students to the beginnings of religious belief and philosophical concepts.  They study the six main world religions of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam over the 3 years. RE is taught as an academic subject as we are a non-denominational school. Students complete two key assessments per term and their levels of achievement help inform their teacher-assessed levels on their reports.  Throughout Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to improve their skills in writing and exam specific skills in preparation for GCSE.

Curriculum content


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Big Question 1 - Philosophy for kids 

Includes baseline assessment and extended writing assessment.

Archaeological Dig

Includes group presentations assessment.

Judaism – Abrahamic faiths 1

•Intro Moses sub topic 1

•Beliefs and Values sub topic 2

•The Holocaust sub topic 3. Includes assessment – Newspaper article on the 10 Plagues.

Year 8

 Jesus topic and Narnia Project - Abrahamic faiths 2

Christianity extended writing assessment.

Hinduism – Assessment - Ramayana booklet and exam style question.

Big questions 2 – What are rites of passage? Includes rites of passage across all six main world faiths and Humanist and atheist rites of passage.

Year 9

Buddhism – exam style assessments.

Sikhism – exam style assessments.

Islam - Abrahamic faiths 3- including big questions 3 – Prejudice and Discrimination? Exam style assessments.

Age related milestones



Students are taught in ability groups at Key Stage 4 based on their prior attainment and targets in English. Our core RE course is non-examined and students have one lesson per two week cycle. It aims to cover ethical and philosophical concepts from both religious and secular perspectives.  The topic content compliments but does not overlap with our RE GCSE full course.

Curriculum Content


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

Crime and Punishment

QFL – Is the death penalty ever justified?

Crime and Punishment

QFL – Is the death penalty ever justified?

Medical Issues

IVF, transplants, Genetic Engineering.

QFL – Is everyone entitled to treatment?

What makes a person?

Year 11

Matters of Life and Death

QFL – Is life always sacred?

Inc. Life after death, Abortion, Euthanaisa

Matters of Life and Death.

Matters of Life and Death

QFL – Is life always sacred?

Inc Life after death, Abortion, Euthanaisa

Matters of Life and Death.

Peace and Conflict

QFL – Who should be responsible for Terrorist acts?


KS4 GCSE Full course RE 


We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for Religious Studies A 8062. It is a linear course, examined at the end of Year 11. The department prepares students for these final exams with regular exam practice and opportunities to develop evaluative writing skills. The RE specification offers a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, ensuring that students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore and discuss. Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study.

Students are taught in 5 hours a fortnight.

Exam board and course

AQA Religious Studies A (8062)

Curriculum content


 Term 1 - 2

Term 2 - 3


Christianity: Beliefs

Theme E: Religion Crime and Punishment

Sikhism: Beliefs

Theme A: Relationships and families


Christianity: Teachings and Practices.

Theme B: Religion and Life.

Sikhism: Teachings and Practices.

Theme D: Religion Peace and Conflict.

Assessment components

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

Component 2: Thematic studies

What’s assessed

Beliefs, teachings and practices of two from:

Buddhism, Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism

Christianity and Catholic Christianity is a prohibited combination

What’s assessed

Either four religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes or two themes (as above) and two textual studies themes.

Religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes:

Theme A - Relationships and families

Theme B - Religion and life

Theme C - The existence of God and revelation

Theme D - Religion, peace and conflict

Theme E - Religion, crime and punishment

Theme F - Religion, human rights and social justice

Textual studies themes:

Theme G - St Mark’s Gospel – the life of Jesus

Theme H - St Mark’s Gospel as a source of religious, moral and spiritual truths

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE


Each religion has two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks

Each religion is marked out of 48


Each theme has one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks

Each theme is marked out of 24

Enrichment opportunities

Visit to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara Manchester

Vardy Religious Studies conference for GCSE students

Religious studies revision workshops Chester University Theology and Religious studies dept.

RE enrichment group - Thursday’s 12.20-12.55 in LBI7 with Mrs Merryweather and Nick Sherrat from C.S.C.W.

Useful websites to support learning

AQA GCSE specification website
BBC Bitesize website
Society of Biblical Literature website
hwb wales website
Dialogue: a journal of religion and philosophy. website
The Philosophers' Magazine. website
Provides basic philosophical information. website
A link to the news stories in the Guardian that have an ethical theme. website
Good overview of ethics – in charts. website
Romp-through-ethics-complete-beginners website