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Religious Education

Please see below Religious Education Curriculum Overview and 'I Can' Statements. 


Curriculum Overview


Year 7

Year 8 Year 9

  Autumn Term

Beliefs and Values

  • Personal Identity: Who am I?
  • Human Identity
  • Values
  • The 24 spiritual and moral dispositions
  • Beliefs
  • Community
  • Creation
  • Choice: Moral decisions
  • Compassion
  • Contemplation
  • Commitment
  • Personal faith journey

Social and Moral Practices (Ethics)

  • How do we know what’s right and wrong?
  • Ethical issues
  • What is meant by love? Different types of love
  • Commitment to others
  • Friends and Relationships
  • Justice
  • Golden rule of religion: “treat others as you would like to be treated”
  • Sikh and Christian comparison on human rights and responsibilities

Philosophy of Religion

  • Theist, Agnostic and Atheist perspectives on existence/purpose
  • Ultimate questions
  • How did the world begin?
  • Are science and religion compatible or to they generate conflict?
  • Is there justification for evil and suffering?
  • Personal development through suffering.
  • War and conflict
  • The power of prayer and reflection

Spring Term

Worship and Celebration

  • Expression of values and beliefs through worship
  • Comparison of 6 world faiths
  • Religion as a way of life
  • Religious celebrations
  • Rites of Passage
  • Stages of life – importance of faith in preparing an individual for personal life development.

Beliefs into Action

  • Conscience
  • Environmental ethics
  • Can religious beliefs contribute towards saving our planet?
  • Protecting animal rights and our environment
  • Poverty and Wealth
  • Service


Community Cohesion

  • The UK as a Multi-faith community
  • The practices of the believers from the 6 main world religions
  • Celebrating a diverse world
  • Inter-faith community projects
  • Respect for difference
  • Discrimination and inequality

End of KS3 assessment

Summer Term 

Key teachings and sources of faith

  • What does it mean to be religious?
  • Leadership roles within religion
  • Key religious teachings from 6 world faiths
  • Analyzing Sources of authority and wisdom
  • How can teachings impact on the lives of believers?
  • Is there a link between how we live, religion and values?
  • End of year Assessment


Pilgrimage and places of religious significance

  • Religious Journey’s
  • Places of pilgrimage and the importance of pilgrimage to spiritual growth
  • Places of worship
  • Signs and symbols
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Visits to places of worship
  • End of year Assessment

Introduction to GCSE RE

  • Outline of course, style of assessment
  • 3 units:

1) Sikhism

2) Christianity

3) Ethics and Philosophy


(Refer to GCSE SoL)

Key Stage 3 'I can' Statements

Skills I can (Foundation)…

I can (Developing)... 

I can (Secure)...  I can (Excellent)... 
Values and commitments

Show what is important to me and to others, with respect for the feelings of others

 Link things that are important to me and other people with the way I think and behave Ask questions about what is important to me and to others, making suggestions on what might happen when it comes to difficult decisions. Give a personal response on the value of religion and the views of others with a well-supported conclusion, drawing on evidence and examples
Meaning, purpose and truth Question some religious beliefs, teachings and sources Ask important questions about life and compare some of these ideas with those of other people Ask questions about the meaning and purpose of life suggesting answers which relate to a search for the truth Come to my own conclusion on questions about truth and the meaning and purpose of life using evidence and arguments.
Identity and belonging Discuss the experiences of others showing respect for them  Compare some of the things that influence me with those that influence other people Give my own and others views about who we are and where we belong Consider the challenges of belonging to a religion today with reference to my own and other people’s views on human nature and society
Forms of expression Use religious words to describe what religious symbols stand for  Use religious words to describe some of the different ways in which people show their beliefs Use a range of religious vocabulary suggesting reasons similarities and differences in forms of spiritual and moral expression Explain the significance of different forms of religious, spiritual and moral expression for religious believers
Practices and ways of life Talk about the some of the things that are the same for different religious people Use the correct religious words to describe and compare some practices that are the same ad different for religious people Describe and explain how and why religions can make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities Explain different practices and ways of life, demonstrating how beliefs have had different effects on individuals and communities
Beliefs, teachings and sources Retell the story, showing some of things that people believe Describe what a believer might learn from a religious story Begin to explain how religious sources provide answers to important questions about life and morality  Explain religious teachings about some of the big questions of life, using examples and evidence