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Religious Education

There are regular timetabled Religious Studies lessons for Years 7 to 9. Lessons cover the major world religions and parents/carers who wish to see or discuss the schemes of work are invited to contact the school.


Key Stage 3               


Religious Studies is taught across Key Stage 3 with at least one timetabled lesson per week. The scheme of work covers a range of issues related to religion as well as everyday life. The study of different religions allows students to reflect on their own views, belief or non-belief in God. It is important for students to understand the religion and culture of people around us, both nationally and globally. This includes both the positive and negative influences religious beliefs can have on individuals, communities and society. Students are given opportunities for deeper reflection to discover what is important to them, consider issues of right and wrong and importantly to develop respect and sensitivity for diversity. Religious teachings and practices are taught in a way which encourages students to develop and explore their own sense of identity and belonging, which may not necessarily fall within a faith framework.

In Key Stage 3 students follow the Locally Agreed Syllabus (Trafford SACRE) in line with The Non-Statutory National Framework. This has been developed into thematic program of study with a focus on the 6 world religions: Christianity; Islam; Judaism; Hinduism; Buddhism and Sikhism. Within these religions there is a focus on: belief; worship; holy books; pilgrimage and rites of passage. Additional themes studied include: the concept of God; creation stories; religious leaders; and Ancient Egypt. The students also enjoy exploring contemporary issues including: prejudice; war and peace; euthanasia and abortion.  Worldviews such as agnosticism, atheism and Humanism are also incorporated within the program.


Students develop skills within RE including; map skills; decision-making skills; analytical skills; numeracy; ICT and literacy skills. There are a minimum of 3 assessments throughout the year and students are given regular feedback with the aim of helping them attain and even exceed their target levels. The RE department has established links with the local community and student visits include local places of worship. This is designed to contribute to the development of students as independent learners and to support progression and deepen learning experiences. At Key Stage 3, homework is set in line with school policy; approximately 45 minutes every 2 weeks.


Autumn 1a

Autumn 1b

Spring 2a

Spring 2b

Summer 3a

Summer 3b

Year Seven




 What is RE?     Introduction


 Defining Truth


 Images of God

 Symbols used  to depict God



 Who was Jesus?   

 Imp of Christian  Worship

 Contemplative  worship and  Charismatic worship

 Compare Muslim  salah/Christian prayer

 Inside a Church



 Visit a Church

 Leadership Jesus/Pope

 Leadership Guru Nanak         

 Leadership  Abraham/Moses                           






















 Guest Speaker   Bahai faith




 Ancient Civilisations

 Ancient Egyptians gods

 Egyptians Temples

 Ancient Egyptians Life    after death

 Stone Age Beliefs

 Tribal Beliefs



Autumn 1a

Autumn 1b

Spring 2a

Spring 2b

Summer 3a

Summer 3b

Year Eight




 Intro to RE

Creation Story

 The Big Bang  and Evolution


The Design Argument

The Causation Argument

Humanist Thinkers

Humanism and Ethical Questions

What influences your behaviour?

Authority and Law

Authority and Law

Holy Books 1

Holy Books 2

Situation Ethics



What is Prejudice and Discrimination?

Types of prejudice and discrimination. The impact of prejudice and discrimination

The roles of women

How can we tackle prejudice and discrimination?

Who has fought prejudice and discrimination? 

Gift of Death-an introduction

Christian belief in life after death

Muslim belief in life after death


Non-religious reasons to believe in life after death

Why might people not believe in life after death?


Rites of Passage-Judaism/Buddhism

Rites of Passage-Hinduism/Sikhism



What is Pilgrimage? Lourdes & Varanasi



The impact of religion -current problems

The impact of religion

How do religious beliefs conflict with modern life?

Family conflict





Autumn 1a

Autumn 1b

Spring 2a

Spring 2b

Summer 3a

Summer 3b

Year Nine




Intro to RE and 6 world religions

Beliefs about God

What is evil?

Natural & moral evil

Christian responses to evil and suffering



Euthanasia (1)

Euthanasia (2)


Abortion (1)

Abortion (2)


Animal research (1)

Religion and animal rights (2)

Religion & Planet Earth - stewardship




Overview and introduction  (5 pillars)


Women in Islam


99 names of Allah

The imp of the Mosque & Comm.

Islam; a misunderstood religion Fact or fiction


Introduction to protest ‘Riverside Park Protests’

The Terrorism Jigsaw

Responsibility Pie


How do you identify a terrorist?- profiles

Islam and ISIS


Desert Island Activity - Assessment


Introduction - War and Peace


Peace and Justice


Pacifism (1)

Pacifism (2)


Causes and Effects of War

Christian/Muslim teaching on War



Introduction – Prince to Buddha


Buddhism basic beliefs-

Buddhist Wedding/ Marriage

Buddhist Meditation and Lotus Flower

Buddhist Temples


Invite guest speakers or visit a Buddhist Temple

Key Stage four

Students will study various elements of the Religious Studies AQA programme and the foundation teaching begins in Year 9.


Name of qualification: AQA A GCSE Religious Studies (8062)


Course outline: No prior learning or level of attainment is required to study GCSE RS and the course builds on concepts and skills taught at KS3.

The subject content is divided between:


Component 1:

Beliefs, teachings and practices of two world religions (50%); Christianity and Islam


Component 2:


Thematic studies based around Christianity and Islam (50%);


Theme A: Relationships and families        Theme B:  Religion and life

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict     Theme E:  Religion, crime and punishment

Assessment by examination

The qualification is linear which means that the three year course (years 9,10 and 11) will be assessed by two written examination papers, each lasting 1hr 45 minutes and each worth 50% of the final mark.


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


  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks, plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • 50% of GCSE


  • Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
  • Each religion is marked out of 48.



Component 2: Thematic studies


·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         96 marks, plus 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

·         50% of GCSE




·         Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

·         Each theme is marked out of 24.


Future benefits of GCSE RS:


GCSE RS provides opportunities for studies of religious responses to fundamental questions of life. By evaluating ethical issues, and expressing views using reasoned arguments, not only do students enjoy positively contributing to decisions in society, but they also become equipped and skilled in looking at two sides of every argument.

They course is open to students with or without a personal religious belief.


Students will develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for life as well as further study. RS also lays a solid foundation to pursue Religious Studies at A Level and related A Level subjects including Philosophy, History, Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature.