Topic outline

  • Religious Studies

    (Humanities Faculty)

    Religious br /  Studies


  • KS3 - Year 7

    World Religions (Autumn Term)

    World Religions

    To start this term we will be taking a look at the main facts about the six main World Religions, with focus for the rest of the term being on Christianity. We will be looking at what Christians mean when they talk about 'God' and where these beliefs come from. Included in this will be a brief study of the Bible; how to find your way around it and the different interpretations it can have. The term will end with a look at the festival of Christmas, both the Biblical facts and how it is celebrated today.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Belief, Fact, Symbol, Founder, Trinity, Eternal, Old Testament, New Testament, Books, Chapters, Verses, Prophecy, Advent, Christmas, Commercialisation

    Jesus (Spring Term)


    This term we will be concentrating on the person of Jesus, the founder of Christianity. We will be looking at his ministry - what he taught (parables) and what he did (miracles). This will end with an in-depth study of the last week of Jesus' life - Holy Week. Particular reference is made to the festival of Easter and why the events remembered at this time are important to Christians today.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Parable, Nature Miracle, Healing Miracle, Divinity, Humanity, Believe, Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Prophecy, Maundy Thursday, Passover, Eucharist, Betrayal, Crucifixion, Resurrection

    Christian Worship (Summer Term)

    Christian Worship

    This term we will be looking at different areas of Christian worship and the Church. This will include a look at how the Church started and the many ways Christians today worship. We will look at the layout of a church and think about why people pray. This term will end with a detailed study of why people chose and continue to choose to become monks and nuns.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Holy Spirit, Pentecost, Disciple, Baptised, Worship, Prayer, Denomination, Preach, Congregation, Parish, Altar, Font, Pulpit, Lectern, Monk, Nun

  • KS3 - Year 8

    Islam (Autumn Term)


    This term we will be concentrating on Islam, the faith of Muslims. We will be studying Muslim beliefs and seeing how these beliefs affect the everyday lives of Muslims. We shall be looking at the Prophet Muhammed, the Mosque, the Qur'an and the Five Pillars of Islam. In addition, we shall be looking at the Muslim family and the contribution that Islam has made to the fields of medicine, maths and science.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Allah, Idol, Qur'an, Wudu, Mosque, Mihrab, Mimbar, Minaret, Dome, Ramadan, Eid-Ul-Fitr, Hajj, Eid-Ul-Adha, Ka'ba, Ihram

    Sikhism (Spring Term)


    This term we will be concentrating on Sikhism, the faith of Sikhs. We shall be looking at how it was founded by Guru Nanak and how Khalsa was started by Guru Gobind Singh. We shall study the 5 articles which all Sikhs must wear or carry (the five K's) and what these mean for Sikhs. We will also look at Sikh worship and the special building - the Gurdwara. Finally we will look at the different ceremonies which Sikhs hold throughout their lives.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Spiritual, Guru, Khalsa, Singh, Kaur, Kangha, Kara, Kirpan, Kaccha, Kesh, Gurdwara, Khanda, Humility, Betrothal, Pyre

    Buddhism (Summer Term)


    During this term we will study one of the great spiritual traditions of the world - Buddhism. We will look at the life of Siddhattha Gotama (the Buddha) and how he achieved "Enlightenment". We will look at his teaching of the Middle way and the Noble Eightfold Path. We will end with a look at Buddhism today - how the community is organised and the Buddhist way of life.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    The Buddha, Enlightenment, Nirvana, Samsara, Ascetic, Quest, Dhamma, Karma, 4 Noble Truths, Noble 8-Fold Path, Meditation, The Middle Way, Sangha, Sanskrit, Lotu

  • KS3 - Year 9

    Moral Issues (Autumn Term)

    Moral Issues

    During Year 9 you will be looking at a range of moral issues including the environment and animal rights. In preparation for this, you will spend the Autumn term exploring what influences our ideas of right and wrong, as well as focussing on the Christian moral code. You will also learn the correct way to evaluate a moral issue.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Influence, Moral, Immoral, Amoral, Conscience, Moral Code, Free Will, Morality, Ten Commandments, Sabbath, Adultery, Forgiveness, Empathy, Consequences, Evaluate

    Beliefs & Environment (Spring Term)


    During the Spring term you will be concentrating on two areas: how does a person's beliefs affect their actions and the Environment. For the first area you will look in depth at the lives of three people, discovering how their strong beliefs have shaped their lives. Within the area of the Environment you will look briefly at some of these global problems and then concentrate on the religious responses to these issues.

    Words you will need to know this term:

    Influence, Conscience, Mystery, Evolution, Big Bang Theory, Environment, Greenpeace, Racism, Pacifism, Responsibility, Deforestation, Ozone Layer, Attitudes, Global Warming, Acid Rain

  • GCSE Religious Studies

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    AQA Exam Board - GCSE Religious Studies (4050) GCSE Religious Studies A 4050

    The syllabus offered at GCSE is based on Christianity and the work covered is divided into the following two categories:

    1. Christianity
      This section looks at the core beliefs that Christians hold, along with the festivals they celebrate and the reason why there are so many different Christian groups.  It also looks at how the features in the different church buildings reflect the beliefs of the worshippers, the place of religion in society and the different ways of understanding the Bible.
    2. Christianity:  Ethics
      This section begins by looking at a range of medical ethics, for example attitudes towards abortion, euthanasia and fertility treatments.  It also looks at the Environment, war, peace and human rights and prejudice and equality from the Christian perspective.

    There is a strong emphasis in both of these sections on evaluating issues, where students will need to be able to express their opinions, as well as understanding other points of view.  These are obviously invaluable skills which are needed in a wide range of fields.


    Assessment in Religious Studies is not tiered, so all students take the same exam paper and are able to achieve the highest grade possible for them.
    There is no coursework. 100% of the mark is based on two written examinations, with 50% of the marks allocated to each paper.  These will all be sat in the June of Year 11, 2014.

    Other Information

    In February 2014, there will be an opportunity for GCSE Religious Studies students to spend four days in Rome, one of the important Christian places of pilgrimage.  They will be looking at some of the key sites such as the Vatican museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

    The GCSE classes are taught in mixed ability groups.

    For more information please speak to Mrs Wade.