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 Religious Education

re curriculum intent .pdf


Staff Members

Mr S Melton and Miss J Harris 

Humanities Head of Faculty: Mrs C Tunaley

Prior Learning

At KS1 and 2 the aim was for students to:

  • Developed deepening knowledge and understanding about a range of religious and non-religious worldviews so that they can:
    • Describe and explain beliefs and theological concepts
    • Describe and explain some sources of authority and teachings within and across religious and non-religious traditions
    • Describe and explain ways in which beliefs are expressed
    • Know and understand the significance and impact of beliefs and practices on individuals, communities and societies
    • Connect these together into a coherent framework of beliefs and practices
  • Gained and deployed deepening understanding of specialist vocabulary and phrases
  • Know and understand about religious diversity within the region, as well as nationally and globally
  • Know and understand how religion can be defined
  • Gained and deployed skills that enable critical thinking and enquiry in relation to the material they study
  • Reflected on their own thoughts, feelings, experiences, ideas, values and beliefs with increasing discernment
Key Stage 3

From the moment that humans could communicate, they began questioning their existence. Why are we here? How did the Earth come to be? What started as rock paintings or verbal traditions, has now developed into over 10,000 distinct religions. It is believed that 84% of the world’s population are affiliated to some form of faith which shapes and instructs their lives. Religion, and people’s interpretation of it, unites and divides communities, encourages tolerance and can breed confrontation, is the home of charity and a haven for terrorism. The study of RE is both important and relevant to understanding lives and cultures in the 21st century.


Our curriculum is designed around the following big questions that are explored within the context of the six major world religions:


  • What is faith? 
  • Why do we have faith?
  • How do we show faith?
  • Is faith being challenged? 
  • How is faith changing?


Assessment at Key Stage Three

Students will undergo formal assessment twice a year during whole school knowledge weeks.  Within lessons students will frequently be assessed using high frequency/low stakes activities.


RE Long Term Plans - Year 7

RE Long Term Plans - Year 8

RE Long Term Plans - Year 9

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum follows the AQA GCSE Religious Studies (specification A)


Students study the beliefs and practices of both Judaism and Christianity as well as looking at four key themes. 


Themes include:

  • Religion and Life (considering Abortion and Euthanasia)
  • Peace and Conflict (focusing of the need for war and belief in pacifism)
  • Crime and Punishment (looking issues such as the Death Penalty)


RE Long Term Plans - Year 10

RE Long Term Plans - Year 11

Useful websites

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Possible areas of future Studies

The skills and knowledge gained by studying RE enable students to access a variety of further studies.

Possible future careers

Teacher / Higher Education Lecturer

Advice worker


Community development worker


Police Officer

Youth Worker

International aid / development worker