RE and PSHE Curriculum Overview

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:

Year 7

In RE,  students are introduced to the concept of belief, and what determines our individual beliefs. They investigate aspects of Christianity and learn how to navigate the Bible, as well as its significance to Christians. Students also study Sikhism and Islam and investigate beliefs, practices and lifestyles. Lessons involve a reflective and spiritual element, allowing students to learn from religion, as well as about it.

In PSHE, students cover a wide range of topics including feelings, emotions, puberty, smoking, internet safety, and money management. Students are encouraged to talk openly in PSHE and learn in a variety of ways, such as through documentaries, discussions and groups work.  

Year 8

In RE, students investigate Hinduism and Buddhism, from their context and history to beliefs, practices and lifestyles. They learn to respond sensitively to the faiths of others. Students also study a unit entitled 'Is Religion Dangerous?' which looks at religion historically and currently.

In PSHE, students are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of key issues facing teenagers, to enable them to make well-informed and considered choices. They cover healthy eating, eating disorders, alcohol, drugs, and crime, as well as citizenship issues such as the role of the criminal justice system.

Year 9

In RE, students cover Christian beliefs on God and miracles, and study the history and practices of Judaism. Furthermore, they investigate the role and significance of influential individuals who have been motivated by religion or morality, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, and Malala Yousafzai.

In PSHE, students investigate and encouraged to talk openly about body image, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health. They also study current citizenship issues such as the short and long term impact of leaving the European Union, and the role and reforms of parliament.

Year 10

RE is an option subject for GCSE. The specification is AQA Religious Studies A and involves two examinations of 1 hour and 45 minutes each. Students answer 4 questions of 5 parts each, in each exam.

Examination 1: Beliefs and Practices

Students study the beliefs and practices of 2 religions: Christianity and Islam. They complete a question on the following areas, which range from short answers for 1 mark to extended essays for 12 marks:

  • Christian beliefs
  • Christian practices
  • Islamic beliefs
  • Islamic practices
  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment

Examination 2: Religious, Philosophical and ethical Themes

Students study themes and are required to complete a question on the following areas, in the same format as for the beliefs and practices paper.

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