Religious Education


In today’s multicultural society it is imperative that the RE curriculum is designed to equip our students with the understanding of the world around them and the challenges ahead. As part of this, they will become a well-balanced and rounded student whilst having empathy and understanding of how and why people are different and be more tolerant of the philosophical & ethical issues that surround them, leading them to deal with life experiences in a responsible manner. Students will also be encouraged to explore the different career pathways that are available through their RE journey.

Students will also be given the opportunities to meet people from different faiths and to listen to people telling their real-life experiences (Holocaust survivor, prison service, Solutions-not-sides, to name a few).
Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their spiritual, moral, social and cultural journey.

Trips abroad are also offered (under normal circumstances!) to give them wider learning experiences – these include trips to the WW1 Battlefields and Poland to visit Auschwitz. These trips encompass their learning journeys and give them the chance to see first-hand the suffering and sacrifices of others for young people today.

As a school we follow the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education –


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  • Air Cabin Crew
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Learning Disability Nurse
  • Uniformed Public Services
  • Youth and Community Worker
  • Wedding Planner
  • Teacher (primary & secondary)


Students will recognise that as well as religious groups having an impact on the UK, there are also other groups including Humanists, whose values are also important. Students need to be able to give a balanced argument followed by an analysis of their personal opinion, particularly when looking at justice and responsibility.

Students will gain an understanding of issues in life including crime and punishment, different types of morality and the role of religious leaders and how they support people in different situations, including those in prison. Students will also gain an understanding of different concepts and moral issues when looking at human rights, including standing up for your rights and the impact that this has had on individuals and society. Reflecting on examples from History (MLK), current examples (Captain Tom) and how this can have an impact on the future. Students will deepen their knowledge on Christianity and Islamic practices.


Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • The Island – looking at personal identity, moral ethics and the role/responsibilities within a community
  • Ethics
  • Comparative religions
  • How can Holy days remind people of their faith?
  • What is Islam?
  • What is Buddhism?
Year 8
  • Malala – Identity/morals and responsibilities
  • Private Peaceful – Relationships, morality, peace, war, conflict
  • Private Peaceful – issues of life and death, sanctity of life, creation & quality of life
  • Islam – daily life
  • Islam – a year in the life of a British Muslim
  • Christianity – celebrations, how Christianity has changed
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism – the four stages of life in Hinduism
  • Hinduism – celebration
  • Sikhism – living as a Sikh
Year 9
  • Relationships – marriage, contraception, responsibilities
  • Relationships – Gender equality, same sex relationships
  • Relationships
  • Life & Death – purpose of life, sanctity of life, quality of life
  • Life & death – funerals, Life after death: Christian and Muslim views
  • Life & death – abortion, stewardship, euthanasia: Christian and Muslim views
  • Life & death – creation, Humanist beliefs: Christian & Muslim views
Year 10

Eduqas route A

  • Good & Evil – Crime & punishment, forgiveness, morality
  • Good & evil – suffering, good & evil
  • Human Rights – Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Gandhi
  • Human Rights – prejudice, discrimination, issues of wealth & poverty
  • Christian Practices – forms of Worship, sacraments, pilgrimage, celebrations, Christianity in Britain
  • Christian Practices – the church in the local community, The worldwide Church
  • Islamic practices – The five pillars – the impact of belief on a Muslim’s life.The ten obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam
Year 11

Eduqas route A

  • Christian Beliefs – the nature of God, creation, salvation and the afterlife
  • Christian Beliefs – Jesus Christ, (incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension)
  • Islam beliefs & teachings – The Nature of Allah, Prophethood, why are Prophets important?
  • Islam beliefs & teachings cont – Angels, significance of Angels in Islam, Akirah, Day of Judgement, predestination
  • Refining, retrieving and recall up to the 3 exams

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