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Religious Studies

We aim for pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews and their influences on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.  Our pupils explore their own beliefs and attitudes to fundamental questions regarding the meaning and purpose of life. We support our pupils to become religiously literate; to be able to speak and write about worldviews, theology and philosophy confidently, with wisdom and sensitivity. 


 Pupils are taught to understand the key beliefs and practices of the 6 major world religions, which they compare to humanism before moving  onto trying to answer some of the big questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Pupils acquire the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. The classroom environment is rooted in mutual respect, allowing pupils to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. 

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Introduction to RE


Key beliefs and practices of Judaism


Key beliefs and practices of Christianity

Key beliefs and practices of Islam


Key beliefs and practices of Hinduism

Key beliefs and practices of Sikhism


Key beliefs and practices of Buddhism

Year 8 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Why do we mark our journey through life?


What can Christians learn from Biblical stories?

How do we know the difference between right and wrong?


Do we need religion for morality?

How united is Islam?


Is belief in God compatible with the existence of evil and suffering in the world?


Exam Board: Edexcel Religious Studies B

Paper 1: Area of study 1 Religion and Ethics (Islam)

  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Marriage and Family
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Matters of life and death

Exam paper: 1hr 45 minutes (50%)

Paper 2: Area of study 2 Religion, Peace and Conflict (Christianity)

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Peace and Conflict

Exam paper: 1hr 45 minutes (50%)

What resources will I be using?

Official text books

  • Edexcel GCSE Religion and Ethics through Islam
  • Edexcel GCSE Religion, Peace and Conflict through Christianity

Why take religious Studies?

Religious Studies will help develop your key skills in communication; working with others; problem-solving and improving your own learning. It will also aid your skills in making decisions about moral problems; help you be sure about your own beliefs and explain them clearly to others.

The units covered in Religious Studies have strong links with other subject areas, so you will be able to develop your learning in a range of fields. The course will also enable you to consider and evaluate ultimate questions of life, which makes Religious Studies so unique. It’s not about making you religious, it’s about enabling you to think for yourself around religious and moral issues. You will study the topics from Christian, Muslim, Humanist and Atheist viewpoints.

GCSE Religious studies also prepares you to work and deal with people of different cultures and beliefs. This can be very useful for careers requiring highly developed people skills such as the police, law, the NHS and the armed forces.