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Religious Education

 Head of Department: Mr M Pitcher

Religious Education at Key Stage 3 aims to:

  • Encourage students to explore and respond to how human beings make sense of the world around them, whilst being given the opportunity to explore the important questions in life.
  • Contribute to the development of student’s knowledge and understanding that religion makes to people's lives.
  • Link the investigation of human experience to religious tradition and raise student awareness that religion can share features with each other and the secular world.

The emphasis of the department is on teaching Religious Studies as an academic subject and a high standard of work is expected from students. Homework is designed to develop and build the learning within lessons and progress is closely monitored through learning landmarks. Our approach is in accordance with the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus and we aim to develop a spirit of enquiry and interest in our students rather than fostering a particular religious standpoint.

A considerable amount of teaching time is given to learning about worldviews as well as the teaching of Christianity.

The subject is made accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities through differentiated teaching and resources.

Year 7

  • Intro to RE
  • The Covenant through Story
  • Who were the Greeks?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • What happened in the last week of Jesus' life?

Year 8

  • How can we become more selfless? The Sikh Way
  • Big Questions, Big Answers
  • What is it like to follow a Muslim way of life in Britain today?



Department Curriculum Map 

Hampshire Agreed Syllabus - Living Difference IV

CoRE - https://www.commissiononre.org.uk/

 Religious Studies at Key Stage 4 aims to:

  • Allow students to develop an academic knowledge and inquiry of two major world religions – Christianity and Buddhism.
  • Encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of the beliefs and practices of the followers of these religions.
  • Examine moral and ethical issues within contemporary society and within the context of the UK.
  • Learn the particular exam techniques and skills needed in order to achieve or exceed their target grade.

The chosen course of study is that set out in the AQA Syllabus B.

The course is 100% exam-based with two 1 hour 45 minute exams:

Christianity and Buddhism (Paper 1)

  • Beliefs and Teachings
  • Practices, Worship and Festivals

Thematic Paper (Paper 2)

  • Religion and Relationships
  • Religion and Life
  • Existence of God and Revelation
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation



Department Curriculum Map           

AQA GCSE Website