Curriculum - Religious Education

Why is the study of Religious Education important?

Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human culture, informing history, politics, economics, art, and literature. Religious Education is a diverse and contemporary subject and issues of religion and belief frequently appear in the news, and studying Religious Education helps make sense of them. Religious Education is concerned with the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meanings of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to one's own experiences.

The subject is relevant and important for the students of Sirius Academy West as it allows them to understand the views and opinions of people whose views and attitudes differ from their own. It also allows the young people within the academy to understand their local communicate and the diverse and ever changing community of Hull in which they live. Religious Education provides space for students to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning and ethics, which they can relate to their everyday lives and the lives of others within Hull, the UK or further afield.

Religious Education is also important as it allows us to ask ‘big questions’ and explore traditions, ways of life and topics within our world. It enables students to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.

What will the study of Religious Education teach you?

Religious Education has two main aims; to make the student’s successful learners and confident individuals. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study as well as developing life skills.
Some of the skills that will be developed are:

  • Interpret a range of sources.
  • Develop written and verbal arguments on controversial issues and ‘big questions’.
  • Solve problems
  • Evaluate views and opinions
  • Write strong arguments and use evidence to convince others
  • Research skills
  • Group work

How does the study of Religious Education support your study in other subjects?

Religious Education encourages some very important values. It looks at society and touches on topics such as love, happiness, faith, honesty and forgiveness. Our links with humanities subjects such as History and Geography allow students to make links with other cultures and look at religion and history and how they go hand in hand such as the Holocaust. Religious Education like many other subjects such as English and Geography allow students to develop research and analytical skills and also improve standards of written and spoken English. Links to more creative subjects such as drama, art and dance will be implemented into the exciting curriculum taught at Sirius Academy West. Overall, the skills taught in Religious Education such as independent learning, researching and groups work can be used widely across all subject areas.
Cross-curricular links will always be highlighted in lessons and will be encouraged throughout Key Stage 3-4.

Key Assessment Objectives

There are two main assessment objectives:
AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

  • Beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • Influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • Similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs

AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence.

How can the study of Religious Education help you in the future?

The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education contributes to a coherent curriculum that promotes continuity. It facilitates the transition of pupils between schools and phases of education and can provide foundations for further study and lifelong learning. The range of skills developed from studying Religious Education at Key Stage 3, GCSE and up to A-level are relevant to almost any job or workplace. The study of Religious Education develops a wide range of transferable skills such as explanation, analysis, evaluation and tolerance all of which are highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers.
Examples of jobs that complement the study of Religious Education are;

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Advice worker
  • Archivist
  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Editorial assistant
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Teacher

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Subject overview


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

Whose world is it anyway?
-Big Bang

Is life a party?
-Sacred Thread ceremony

Is Britain a divided society?
-Community cohesion
-Multi-cultural society problems and benefits

Marriage and the Family
-Gay marriage

Peace and conflict
-Just War Theory

Autumn 2

Whose world is it anyway?
-Animal rights
-Environmental issues

Is life a party?

Is Britain a divided society?
-Men and women
-Women in the church

Christian Beliefs
-The last days of Jesus’ life
-Evil and suffering

Living the Muslim Life
-Five Pillars

Spring 1

Who should we look up to?
-Malala Yousafzai
-Martin Luther King Jr

Why does God let us suffer?
-Moral evil
-Natural evil
-Problem of evil

Is punishment fair?
-Religious views on justice

Matters of life and death
-Value of life
-Value of the universe
-Assisted suicide

Crime and Punishment
-Treatment of Criminals
-Aims of punishment
-Capital punishment


Spring 2

Who should we look up to?

Why does God let us suffer?

Is punishment fair?
-Aims of punishment
-Death penalty

Living the Christian Life


Summer 1

Where do we look for God?

What does it mean to be a Muslim?
-The Five Pillars

When can we take a life?
-Sanctity of life argument

Muslim Beliefs
-Sunni and Shi’a
-Five roots
-Six key beliefs


Summer 2

Where do we look for God?
-Pilgrimages to Lourdes, Mecca and the River Ganges

What does it mean to be a Muslim?
-Religious clothing

When can we take a life?

Muslim Beliefs
- Angels
-Holy books


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