Religious Education

Key Stage 3

Students in year 7 will follow a rich and diverse curriculum focusing on different religions as well as their impact on 21st century life. The topics covered will encourage skills useful at GCSE level, such as: considering different viewpoints, using quotes/ teachings to support arguments made, application of different examples and being analytical. Students will be taught using various activities from debates and discussions to challenge tasks and written activities. Students are active in their learning with high expectations set.

The year 7 curriculum includes topics such as:-facts vs. beliefs, places of worship, religion vs. science, creation stories and expression of belief.

Students will have the option to choose RE in year 8 where topics include: inspirational people, prejudice, human rights, the life of Jesus, Buddhism plus many more! Application of religious views (as well as non-religious) to a range of topics from animal rights to crime are also encouraged in year 8 where students learn how to develop arguments further.


Students will further develop the skills achieved in Key Stage 3 and are encouraged to apply their knowledge to an array of different settings e.g. recent events, topics and scenarios. There is further encouragement to reflect on various viewpoints and opportunities to contribute opinions on thought provoking issues. Students will develop their own attitudes on a range of ethical and philosophical issues as well as being analytical when considering information presented. In addition, there are opportunities to ask questions and talk to external visitors, such as the police and guide dog trainers. In year 10 students also have the chance to visit the gurdwara.

RE is a linear qualification and all assessments will take place at the end of year 11. There is no coursework requirement and the final grade is assessed by two externally marked exams (each lasting 1hr 45minutes and being of equal 50% weight towards the final grade):

Paper one: Christianity and Sikhism.

Paper two: Themes-family/relationships, life issues, crime & punishment and human rights.