Key stage 3

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn 1 Introduction to RE

In this unit of work pupils will look at why we study RE, the nature of religious belief, and also an introduction to the beliefs and practices of the 6 major world religions.


The Problem of Evil

This unit of work will challenge pupils to reflect on the nature of good and evil. They will study the problem of evil, which seeks an answer to the issue of how an all loving and all powerful God could allow evil to exist. Pupils will look at religious responses from Judeo-Christian and Eastern religions while reflecting on their own views

Autumn 2 Big Questions

This unit is an introduction to philosophy where pupils will study and think about some of the most important questions that can be asked like ‘Who am I? What can I really know? Are we responsible for what we do? Does God exist?’

Spring 1 The life of Jesus

This unit will allow pupils to investigate the life of Jesus to find out why his life has inspired millions of Christians and non-Christians around the world. Pupils will look at key aspects of his life, his teachings and his death.

Representations of Religion

(Science, art, media, etc.)

In this topic pupils will study how religion has been represented from a range of angles including science, art and the media. Pupils will look at debates including whether religion and science are in conflict, how religious ideas have been expressed through art, as well as analysing the impact the media plays in how religion is portrayed today.

Spring 2 Islam

In this unit pupils will study the history and core beliefs of Islam. They will then analyse how these beliefs are put into practice today.

Sikhism – A foundation for GCSE

This unit will provide pupils with a thorough introduction to the Sikh faith, and provide a foundation for GCSE RE


Summer 1 New Religious Movements

This topic gives pupils an opportunity to explore and contextualise the importance of religion today – given the rise of New Religious Movements. Pupils will explore a range of new religions from Eastern and Western traditions.

Crime and Punishment

This engaging topic will allow pupils to discuss ethical dilemmas surrounding crime, theories of punishment, law, and the importance of justice in society.

Summer 2 Eastern Religions

This unit of work gives a thorough introduction to Eastern religious traditions, especially Hindu, Buddhist and Jain.

Pupils will look at the philosophical, social and historical importance of these traditions and what impact they have today. Topics will include karma, reincarnation, the caste system, the four noble truths, nirvana, meditation, etc.


Religion and Conflict

This unit will require pupils to consider important issues that arise today with respect to conflict in today’s world. They will explore a range of topics including Islamophobia, racism, media stereotyping, terrorism and freedom of expression


Key Stage 4

Students will study Edexcel GCSE Religious Education. This course is mainly split into two sections:

Study of Religions:

We have chosen to focus on Christianity and Sikhism. For each religion we will explore the following: beliefs, teachings and every day practices. These units combine theory and practice whereby pupils will be able to study the philosophical underpinning of religious beliefs as well as seeing how these beliefs are put into everyday lived practice.

Thematic study:

Crime and Punishment (including the aims of punishment, reasons for crime, the death penalty, treatment of criminals and the importance of justice)

Peace and Conflict (including the use of violence and war, the link between religion and war, war in the 21st century, nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction as well as terrorism)

Matters of Life and Death (origins of the universe and life, big bang theory, evolution, abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, pollution and the environment relationship between religion and science, arguments for and against life after death)

Marriage and the Family (including ideas on marriage and divorce, sex, contraception, homosexuality, gender equality and gender prejudice and discrimination)

Key skills gained by studying RE

  • Critical thinking and the ability to interpret and formulate questions and solve problems
  • Writing skills including the ability to construct reasoned and logical arguments
  • Communication and team-working skills
  • Independence of mind and the ability to think for yourself

Future careers after studying RE

The explorative, reflective, analytic, and evaluative skills gained are what we call transferable skills which can be used in a range of careers. Pupils will be able to think critically and philosophically about religions, lifestyles and cultures. They will analyse texts and literally works in depth which can enable them to pursue successful careers in areas such as education, law force, legal service, social work, journalism, civil services, film and the media, politics, as well as leading and supporting charities.


Leader of RE and PSHE: Mr. Jandu