RE Department

Religious Education

Head of Department:  Mrs E Reddington

Religious Education is taught in its own right to all pupils throughout the school. Religious Studies is available as an examination option at GCSE and A level.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into the significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and sills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.  

At KS3 the department uses an enquiry based approach to studying religious and non-religious worldviews adapted from the Trafford Agreed Syllabus. The religions and worldviews studied at KS3 are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and Humanist.

Year Strand   Key Question
7   Intro What is R.E.? What is religion?


7 Believing 3.3 What is so radical about Jesus?


7 Expressing 3.6 Should religious buildings be sold to feed the starving?


7 Living    3.8 What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Sikh/Buddhist/Muslim in Britain today?
8 Living    3.10 Does religion help people to be good?


8 Believing 3.4 Is death the end? Does it matter?


8 Expressing 3.7 How can people express the spiritual through music and art?


9 Living 3.12 Is religion a power for good or a cause of conflict in the world today?
9 Believing 3.1 Do we need to prove God’s existence?


9 Believing 3.5 Why is there suffering? Are there any good solutions?


7,8,9 Living 3.11 What difference does it make to believe in Christianity/Islam/Sikhism or Buddhism?


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In KS4 all students take a Humanities subject for GCSE. The Religious Studies option groups follow the OCR GCSE Religious Studies full-course studying the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam in Year 10 as well as religious, philosophical and ethical issues in the modern world focusing on four themes in Year 11:

  • Relationships and families
  • The existence of God
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Dialogue within and between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes.

The GCSE course is assessed by two 2 hour written examinations at the end of Year 11.

All students in KS4 have single lesson of General RE (non-examination) following an in-house course which fulfils their entitlement to RE. Pupils explore personal and social responsibility by discussion of the influence of religious beliefs and values on moral, ethical, social, political and philosophical issues.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

The Department delivers the OCR Religious Studies specification at A Level in KS5 and students study the Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in Religious Thought components. Building on skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation, students will develop analytical abilities and application of theory at an academic level. The A Level course is assessed by essay-style questions in three 2 hour written examinations at the end of Year 13.

R.E. Enrichment

The RE curriculum is enriched by a range of outside speakers as well as visits to places of worship including a Sikh Gurdwara and Buddhist Centre in KS3; a Mosque and the Liverpool Cathedrals for KS4 GCSE RS students.

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