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Religious Studies

 Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in. - Aristotle

 Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum intent for Religious Studies is to prepare pupils to understand others and the issues they may face in an increasingly globalised community. To achieve, pupils should understand core principals held in all 6 major world faiths: 

  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism
  • Hinduism

Pupils should also be able to describe and critique some of the philosophical ideas that are embedded in these faiths and apply them to religious thought. Pupils should be able to describe various social issues and identify religious attitudes towards these issues. This should enable students to come to a reasoned conclusion about how religious believers may respond to issues that they face. 

 Cross Curriculum and Skills

Through Religious Studies, pupils learn how religious belief influences the practices of religious believers and their responses to various issues around the world. As a result, Religious Studies explores various aspects of the human experience both now and historically. This encourages empathy and critical thinking from pupils and it encourages pupils to make links between numerous fields of study. The hope is that pupils no longer see their education as isolated fields of study, but instead as an interconnected web of which moral consciousness is at the centre. 

  • English- Reading, Writing, Diction, Spelling 
  • Science – Creation and Evolution 
  • Sociology - Beliefs 
  • History – Vietnam War  
  • Geography – Sustainability

Curriculum Details

Curriculum and Assessment Map Years 7-11

RS Learning Journey

RS Curriculum Summary

Revision Resources and Curriculum Journey

Key Stage 3

Explore RE for Key Stage 3 (ISBN: 978-1510458574) 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity and Islam Revision Guide (ISBN: 978-0198422839) 

My Revision Notes AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A (ISBN: 978-1510404793)  

Useful websites

BBC Bitesize KS3 Religious Studies

BBC Bitesize GCSE Religious Studies

GCSE Religious Studies Revision Videos

Homework and Home Learning

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners.  We use an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework. Show My Homework will allow parents to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status.

In Religious Studies we set homework regularly and below have given some examples of topics set.  

Year 7 –  Khalsa Report -Write a newspaper report that recalls the formation of the Khalsa 

Year 8 – Hajj Guide - Write a step by step guide of day 1 of Hajj. 

Year 9 – Advert for Heaven - Create a poster that guides people to Heaven. 

KS4 – Exam Question -  “The problem of evil cannot be solved”. Evaluate this statement. 

Knights Shield

The Knights Shield is a scheme which values and recognises all the extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that Knights Academy pupils participate in.

Religious Studies are pleased to offer pupils opportunities to fulfil the Knights Shield throughout our curriculum. Some examples are listed below: 

Curriculum – Taking part in Debate Mate. 

Creativity – Taking part in creative writing competition. 

Community – Taking part in Raise and Give opportunities for example.  

Competencies – Demonstrating Religious Studies academic skills. 

Cultural – Attending educational trips. E.g. Visiting The British Museum

Why Study RS at GCSE and A' Level?

Religious Studies provides pupils with knowledge that supports them functioning in an increasingly globalised community. The level of empathy that is created through Religious Studies makes building relationships significantly easier. The capacity to build relationships is vital in the working world, especially when trying to build or expand business. Religious Studies skills are assets in the working world. Most notably: critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and the ability to simplify complicated ideas into accessible content.  

 Careers and Opportunities

Below are some examples of careers that Religious Studies can help you enter: 

  • Journalism 
  • Law 
  • Consultancy  
  • Humanitarian Aid 
  • Human Resources 
  • Marketing  
  • Recruitment  
  • Education