Religious Studies

Explore the impact of religion on individuals, families and communities. Students are given numerous opportunities to consider their own and others views on questions of morality, ethics and faith.

Religious Studies offers opportunities for discussion, debate and personal reflection; as well as giving students the chance to understand, reflect on and respect the complex world around them. Students develop tolerance through awareness, understanding and appreciation of our diverse, multicultural community.

What do students study in Religious Studies?


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Year
Topics Studied
7

Autumn: Religion and me - beliefs; ultimate questions; religion in Blackburn. Christianity - denominations; Holy Trinity; Jesus; Christmas.

Spring: Christianity - miracles; inspirational Christians. Sikhism - gurus; 5 K's; Gurdwara.

Summer: Alternative world religions - Scientology; Humanism; Paganism. Festivals - Purim; Holi; Hanukkah.

8

Autumn: Islam - foundations; in the media; women in Islam; stories in Islam. Human/Animal Rights - violations; Malala; LGBTQ+; cloning.

Spring: Charity. Judaism - letter to Abraham; synagogue; the Torah; kosher food; Sabbath; Bat Mitzvah.

Summer: Hinduism - Gods; worship/karma; marriage; stories. Happiness - religion and happiness; positive psychology; Buddhism.

9

Autumn: Christianity - beliefs; nature of God; creation; Jesus Christ; salvation; the afterlife; practices and forms of worship; sacraments; pilgrimage and celebration; Britain and the community; worldwide church.

Spring: Islam beliefs - nature of Allah; prophethood; angels; afterlife; foundations. Islam practices - five pillars; obligatory acts; Jihad; festivals.

Summer: Theme 3: Good and Evil - crime and punishment; Christianity; Islam; forgiveness. Good, evil and suffering. Revision.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Year
Topics Studied
10

Autumn: Christianity - beliefs; nature of God; creation; Jesus Christ; salvation; the afterlife; practices and forms of worship; sacraments; pilgrimage and celebration; Britain and the community; worldwide church.

Spring: Islam beliefs - nature of Allah; prophethood; angels; afterlife; foundations. Islam practices - five pillars; obligatory acts; Jihad; festivals. 

Summer: Theme 3: Good and Evil - crime and punishment; Christianity; Islam; forgiveness. Good, evil and suffering. Revision.

11

Autumn: Theme 4: Human Rights - HR and social justice; prejudice and discrimination; issues of wealth and poverty. Theme 2: Life and Death - the world; origins and value of human life; death and the afterlife.

Spring: Theme 1: Relationships - sexual relationships; issues of equality. Revision - component 2: Christianity; component 3: Islam.

Summer: Revision - Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Exam Specifications