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Religious Studies & Education

Religious Studies aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Religious Studies equips pupils to meet the circumstances of living in modern society, and become good, responsible and thoughtful 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. Pupils 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

  • Origins of the Universe – Creation stories and     theories
  • The Environment and Stewardship – environmental problems and     the duty of Christians
  • Judaism – Beliefs, history, lifestyle including     kosher food laws and festivals
  • Islam – Beliefs, lifestyle, worship and festivals.
  • Worship – holy books and places of worship

Year 8

  • Life of Jesus – from birth to death, resurrection     and influence today
  • Prejudice and Discrimination - including the life and work     of Martin Luther King Jr and the Good Samaritan
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation – the role of Christianity and     modern dayexamples
  • Hinduism - Beliefs, lifestyle, worship and festivals.

 Year 9

  • Christian     beliefs
  • Christian     practices

Year 10

  • Islamic beliefs
  • Islamic practices
  • Theme B: Religion and Life
  • Theme D: Religion, Peace and     Conflict

 Year 11

  • Theme E: Religion, Crime and     Punishment
  • Theme F: Human     Rights and Social Justice
  • Exam focussed     sessions and revision in preparation for the final exams



Internal assessments take place every half-term.

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