Religious Education

Religious Education

“The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets.”

Herbert Hoover


Religious Education (RE) makes a distinctive contribution to a balanced and broadly-based school curriculum which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society
  • Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief including Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It encourages them to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. RE has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, the humanities and the arts, education for sustainable development.

As a Church of England school, we want to provide all pupils with a solid foundation of Christian teaching while also being open to other religions. Year 7& 8 pupils will be taught about a mix of religions while GCSE pupils will focus primarily on the teachings of Christianity and Islam.
What learners need to be successful

Pupils will be expected to bring a pen, pencil, rubber and ruler. Highlighters and purple pens are also encouraged so pupils can highlight key information during times of reading and make corrections.

Pupils will develop skills in essay writing with an important amount of their exams based on high level questions. Pupils will need to be able to explain both sides of an argument before concluding their opinion on the argument. Pupils will also need to understand key words and why certain religions hold certain beliefs.
What pupils will learn

Year 7

Half Term 1 Creation: Should Christians be greener than everyone else?
Half Term 2 Incarnation: Why do Christians believe Jesus is God on Earth?
Half Term 3 Who killed Jesus?
Half Term 4 God: If God is Trinity, what does that mean for Christians?
Half Term 5 Self-according to Religion.
Half Term 6 Expressing Religion through Art


Year 8

Half Term 1 The Fall: Why are people Good and Bad?
Half Term 2 Wisdom: What do we do when life gets hard?
Half Term 3 Does life have a beginning or an end?
Half Term 4 Is Religion disappearing?
Half Term 5 & 6 What does it mean to be a Buddhist?


Year 9

Term 1 Philosophy and Ethics: Forms of Expression and Ways of Life
Term 2 Philosophy and Ethics: Forms of Expression and Ways of Life
Term 3 Philosophy and Ethics: Forms of Expression and Ways of Life


Year 10

Half Term 1 Forms of expression and ways of life
Half Term 2 Religious teachings on relationships and families
Half Term 3 Christianity Practices
Half Term 4 Christianity Practices
Half Term 5 Arguments for the existence of God

Curriculum Narratives

KS3 Curriculum Narrative

KS4 Curriculum Narrative