Religious Education

Subject Leader: Ms L Canistri


 In Ethics lessons, pupils learn about Christian beliefs and religious rituals for approximately 50% of the school year.  The remainder of their lessons are focused on other religions and associated rituals.

 In Key Stage Three, pupils cover the following units:


Year 7:


God: What do Christians believe about God? – What do I believe?

  • What are the key principles of the Christian faith?
  • Why are these ideas so important to Christians?
  • How do Christians practice their faith?


  • Allah – oneness
  • Faith
  • Worship / belief in action – the five pillars
  • Behaviour attitude and ethics
  • Family life


Year 8:        


Christian Ways of Life: What challenges do Christian ways of living present to people like me?

  • What influences people in making decisions?
  • How do I forgive others?
  • What does Christianity teach about forgiveness?
  • What is meant by reconciliation?
  • Martin Luther King


  •  Oldest Religion
  • Hindu worship / gods / idols
  • The Mandir
  • Stories and festivals i.e. Krishna, Rama and Sita
  • The importance of family


Year 9:   

 Buddhism and Values

  • What can Buddhism and Christianity teach us about values?
  • Why are values important?
  • What values do I have?
  • Why are these values important to me?
  • How do I show that I have these values?
  • Do you have to be ‘religious’ to have values?


  • The Gurus
  • The Gurdwara
  • The Guru Granth Sahib
  • The 5 Ks
  • The Sikh way of life

In Key Stage 4, pupils cover the following units, 50% of which lead to AIM accreditations:


Year 10:

Diversity in Society:

  • What is diversity?
  • How is diversity shown in our class, school and local area?
  • How can prejudices be challenged?
  • Should diversity be celebrated?
  • Do diverse groups actually have some similarities between them?


AIM Engaging with the world around you: People

  • Identifying different individuals and groups of people who form part of everyday interactions;
  • Developing appropriate skills to promote positive interactions with identified people

AIM Engaging with the world around you: Events

  •  Identifying key events which pupils may have / will take part in;
  • Developing appropriate skills to promote positive involvement in key events;
  • Basic evaluation of benefits of taking part in key events

and 50% which cover the school’s obligation to cover teaching about Christianity and other faiths:


Year 11:

Stories of Faith:

  • What can we learn from stories shared by
  • Christians, Jews and Muslims?
  • The Holocaust
  • ‘Ethnic cleansing’ in Cambodia and Bosnia
  • How can genocide be prevented?

Religion and Ethics:

  • What are my opinions about religious and ethical questions?
  • How should animals be treated? – Should they have any rights?
  • Is making the decision to have an abortion straightforward?
  • What is IVF and is it right to interfere with nature?
  • What is surrogacy and is it right to have a baby for someone else?
  • What are ‘Saviour Siblings’ and is it ever right to have a child to save another child?
  • What is euthanasia and should it be allowed if someone is terminally ill with no hope of recovery?


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