Religious Education

In your R.E. lessons you will learn about religion and learn from religion. You will study the beliefs, practices and traditions of some of the major world religions. You will also be encouraged to reflect upon what you have learned so that you can develop your own ideas about religious belief and some of the ‘big questions’ of life.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 you will study:

  • How can we know if God is real and what is God like?
  • Do the teachings of Jesus and Buddha stand the test of time?
  • How do we decide what is right and wrong?

In term one pupils will look at a range of attitudes towards the existence of God and be encourage to develop and share their own ideas. They will also investigate different religious beliefs about the nature of God.

In term two pupils will launch an investigation into the lives and teachings of both Buddha and Jesus. They will study these from a secular historic and faith perspective. They will evaluate the impact that both Buddha and Jesus have had on the world and what it was that has made them such a central part of the lives of so many people.

In term three, pupils will investigate how people from different faith perspectives come to make ethical choices. They will look at examples from faith and evaluate the impact that this can have on societies around the world.

In Year 8 students will begin their course with two units:

What does it take to belong to a religion?

  • What makes a person inspiring to others?
  • What value is there in prayer and meditation?
  • How do communities of worship affect belief?

In term one pupils study a range of leading figures from the 20th century who were inspired by their faith to make a difference in the wold. Pupils will go on to assess what are the core qualities of a person that make them inspiring to others.

In terms 2 and 3 students study the themes of prayer, worship and community.  Students study all units from a variety of religious perspectives such as Islam, Buddhism and Judaism, with Christianity as a central focus.

Students are encouraged to develop greater understanding of the impact of religion on the lives of individuals and whole communities.  Students are encouraged to develop the skill of making judgments and drawing conclusions in the light of their learning.

In the first term of Year 9 students complete work on units taken from the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus which include:

  • Religion, Does It Do Any Good? Is it a source of peace or conflict?

This is an investigation into the impact that religion can have in the world both positive and negative. Pupils will study historical and contemporary figures and the impact they have/had on the world before completing an evaluation on the subject

In January (term two of Year 9), students begin work on two topics taken from the Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE (B) syllabus: Religion and Ethics (Islam) and Religion, Peace and Conflict (Christianity). Religious Studies is a core curriculum subject and we aim for all pupils to study for the GCSE. Students begin the syllabus in Year 9 to enable them to continue at GCSE level in Year 10 and 11. 

For the final two terms of Key Stage 3, pupils study the units ‘Belief in God’ (Christianity) and ‘Living the Religious Life’ (Christianity).

As part of their studies they will find out what Christians believe about God and why. They will evaluate the impact that such belief may have on the life of a follower. They will also investigate how Christians are expected to live their lives in the modern world. They will consider ancient traditions and what that actually means for a person living in the 21st century.

    Key Stage 4

    Year 11 students 2015/16

    This year's Year 11s are the final year group to complete the OCR Religious Studies B course. 

    In Year 9 students will have studied:

    • Good and Evil – Judaism
    • Religion and Science – Christianity

    In Y10 students will have studied:

    • Peace and justice – Christianity
    • Equality – Christianity
    • Relationships –Islam

    In Y11 students will study:

    • Medical ethics – Christianity
    • Belief about deity – Hinduism
    • Life and after death – Hinduism

    As a GCSE qualification pupils are expected to attend all lessons, complete work and do additional tasks in the form of homework. There is no coursework and is assessed by examination at the end of the two years.

    Year 10 students 2015/16

    Current Year 10 students and future years will be studying for the Edexcel Religious Studies B exam.

    In Year 10 students will study:

    • Crime and punishment – Christianity
    • Peace and conflict – Christianity
    • Belief in Allah – Islam

    In Year 11 students will study:

    • Living the religious life – Islam
    • Marriage and the family – Islam
    • Matters of life death – Islam

    As a GCSE qualification pupils are expected to attend all lessons, complete work and do additional tasks in the form of homework. There is no coursework and is assessed by examination at the end of the two years.