Religious Education (RE)






Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Principles.

RE is taught across KS3 and KS4 as a discrete subject. Currently, for year 11 the RE curriculum is delivered via the PSHCE programme and there are development plans in place to ensure it is offered across KS4 from next year as a discrete subject.

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. 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 can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these. RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.















What is the big story in the Bible?

What is RE

Jewish and Christian beliefs in the Old Testament.

Applying scripture to real life situations

Evaluation of scripture.

The Life of Jesus

Jesus as a historical and religious figure.

Morals and Values

What is the likelihood of these events?

Written assessment using evaluation skills.

Hindu Gods & Goddesses

A selection of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

What do Hindus gain from these stories today.

Beliefs and practices surrounding Gods and Goddesses.

RE baseline.

Bible stories written assessment (evaluation skills).

Life of Jesus written assessment (evaluation skills).

Hindu GCSE style assessment.




Who are the Sikhs?


Sikh beliefs and practices

Examination of the Sikh Gurdwara and its uses.

Sources of wisdom and authority

Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices

Origins of Buddhism

Who is the Buddha?

Common misconceptions.

The Sangha today.

Religion and 21st century issues

Human cloning & Genetic engineering

The environment:  stewardship, Islamic relief, Sewa, Green Peace.

Modern technology

Sikhs GCSE style short paper.

Buddhism written assessment.

Religion & 21st Century issues GCSE style assessment.




Introduction to Islam


Muslim core beliefs and values, islamophobia, halal and haram, life after death.

Islam in Britain today.

Beliefs and Values

Respecting alternative beliefs and values, understanding why beliefs differ & how our beliefs affect other people.

Morals, personhood, the sanctity of life, quality of life, capital punishment.

GCSE content delivered. 

Marriage and the family

Peace and Conflict

Islam GCSE style assessment.

Beliefs and values GCSE style assessment.







Religious Beliefs

Christian beliefs in the trinity, creation story, the incarnation, salvation, the problem of evil.

Marriage & the family

The Christian purpose of marriage, sexual relationships, the family, divorce and remarriage, gender equality, prejudice, and discrimination.

Religious Beliefs

Opposing religion’s views on life after death, the nature of God, predestination & holy books.

GCSE assessment past papers.

November, March, July.








Crime and Punishment

The opposing religions stance on the topic crime and punishment. Attitudes to justice, good, suffering, and evil, forgiveness and teachings on the death penalty.

Content topic and Exam skill revision


Content topic and Exam skill revision



GCSE assessment past papers.

October, December, March.