Religious Studies

What is our curriculum intent?

Our intent is to enable all students to become subject experts by developing across our ‘Big Ideas’:

Factual Religious Knowledge & Religious Literacy

  • Recall of factual information about the beliefs and practices in all major world faiths

Understanding Religious Teachings, Texts and Interpretations

  • Learning and understanding religious teachings and lessons from scripture and key individuals
  • Interpretation of teachings and scripture

Analysis and Questions of Beliefs and Practices

  • Understanding challenges that may be faced by believers
  • Understanding differences between and within faiths and question the sameness of beliefs

Application to Ethical Issues and Relevance of Religion in Society

  • Applying religious teachings and practices to issues of moral significance
  • Make specific judgements on issues of moral concern, which are well justified
  • Identifying whether religion still holds influence in modern society
  • To challenge views which are rooted in prejudice and ignorance

How do we implement our curriculum?

1. Through what we teach, when, as laid out below:

Year 7

Autumn Term:

  • Founders of Faith and the Old Testament: The Role of Abraham and Moses in establishing the Abrahamic Faiths
  • Judaism: what are the beliefs and practices of people who follow the Jewish Faith?

Spring Term

  • Christianity and the Role of Jesus: What do Christians believe about God? What are the teachings of Jesus? What can Christians learn from the Life and Death of Jesus? What are the practices of Christians and what is the role of the Christian Community?

Summer Term

  • Hinduism: What do Hindus believe about God? What are the other beliefs and practices of Hindus?

Year 8

Autumn Term:  Islam

  • What are the key beliefs and practices?
  • How should we respond to Islamophobia?
  • What is it like to be a Muslim in the UK

Spring Term: Buddhism

  • Who was the Buddha?
  • How should Buddhists act?
  • What do Buddhists believe?
  • How do Buddhists worship?

Summer Term 1: Sikhism 

  • What do Sikhs believe about God?
  • What are Sikh beliefs and practices?

Summer Term 2: Philosophy 

  • How should we make moral decisions?
  • What are beliefs about God and Ultimate Reality?
  • Does God Exist?
  • Should we ever use violence?
  • What is the problem of Evil?

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Religion, Abortion & Early Life 

  • What do religions teach about these issues?
  • What different points of view exist on serious moral issues?
  • What is Pro-Life? What is Pro-Choice? What are alternatives?
  • Is quality of life important?

Autumn Term 2: Religion, Death and Euthanasia 

  • What do religions teach about funerals, death and the afterlife?
  • What happens after we die?
  • How should we treat the elderly? What is ageism?
  • What are different forms of Euthanasia?
  • What are the different perspectives?
  • What do different faiths about Euthanasia?

Spring Term: Religion & Global Issues 

  • What are rights? What are human rights? What are the roles of human rights organisations?
  • What is human trafficking?
  • What are religious rights?
  • What is prejudice and discrimination?
  • What issues surround the morality of wealth and poverty? What do religions believe about poverty?
  • What are religious perspectives on global inequalities?

Summer Term 1: The Law and Morality

  • What issues concern the law and morality?
  • Should religious law or constitutional law be more important?
  • What are different legal perspectives on issues of moral significance, including the death penalty and animal rights?

Summer Term 2: The Holocaust

  • What is the Holocaust? Why did it happen?
  • What lessons can we learn from the Holocaust? (We follow the Lessons from Auschwitz Programme, from the Holocaust Educational Trust)

2. Through how we group students

Students are taught in mixed ability groups

3. Through the homework we set

It is important that students use Key Stage 3 to develop effective learning habits in preparation for the rigour of GCSE study and also to extend understanding of faith. Homework is therefore essential in religious studies and includes:

Use of Knowledge Organisers to learn information about current topics of study and to support with quizzing and testing

  • Specific set tasks to extend enquiry into topics of study
  • Extended writing tasks and assessments using the ‘big ideas’ of Religious Studies
  • Completion of exam style questions
  • Extended research of particular areas of study