RE at has two aims, to enable pupils to investigate their own spirituality and morality (as part of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and to equip them with skills which will be of great benefit to them academically and in life. Pupils are encouraged to consider what has shaped our culture and society. To that end, Christianity is the main religion studied and full use is made of current events to help pupils explore how they and groups of people are affected by today’s constantly-changing world. Just as importantly, we hope to help pupils develop the tools they need to deal with such challenges. Respecting differences, understanding others’ views and being able to justify their opinions from a well-informed standpoint are just some examples.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, all pupils follow a curriculum of department-devised schemes of work. In order to prepare pupils for the demands of GCSE, some of the basic knowledge they need is taught in Key Stage 3. However, we are mindful of the needs and skill levels of everyone. Lessons take place once each fortnight in Year 7. Year 8 and Year 9 lessons take place twice each fortnight.

Year 7

Year 7 is an exciting time at; we aim to be part of that by fostering enjoyment in the RE classroom and an enthusiasm for the subject.

Year 7, Part 1Year 7, Part 2
Introduction to IslamFestivals
Key Islamic teachingsIdentity; Sikhism and Cornwall
Community in Islam

Year 8

Year 8s build on their first year by studying religion in more detail and the impact of some more key religious figures. They also build on their exploration of community by analysing our wider society and different responses (religious and non-religious) to some current issues.

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
The Bible as a sacred textHuman rights and protestExploring “Britishness”
An investigation into Luke’s gospelThe work of some famous religious
people in relation to human rights
The challenges and opportunities
found in a multicultural society
Key features of Jesus’ life and
the Christian message
The work of some religious charities
which focus on human rights

Year 9

With GCSE RS in mind, pupils are given a head start by learning the core beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism and Christianity, or embedding their knowledge if they are already familiar with either religion. This gives everyone the opportunity to have a secure grasp of two hugely influential belief-systems before they take their next step in education.

Autumn Term/Spring TermSpring Term/Summer Term
Core Buddhist beliefs and conceptsCore Christian beliefs and concepts
Buddhist ethicsChristian worship
Buddhist “worship” and diversity
Christian diversity
Key Stage 4

Pupils can opt to take a GCSE in Religious Studies, which starts at the beginning of Year 10. As part of the course, pupils study religious and non-religious approaches to issues of relationships, life and death, good and evil, and human rights. They also deepen their understanding of Christian and Buddhist beliefs, teachings and practices.

All pupils follow a non-examined Religion and Ethics programme. This allows pupils to deepen their understanding of important issues and develop their inter-personal and study skills. We believe that these things will not only help them get the most out of GCSE RS, but also help to prepare them for GCSEs in other subjects, particularly English, History and Science. It also develops some of the skills and knowledge required for many A-Level courses, particularly Philosophy, Sociology, Politics and Biology.

Specifically, pupils learn about ethical theories to be found in AQA’s A-Level Philosophy specification and are also introduced to unfamiliar faith-based ethical frameworks. These are explored in the contexts of contemporary moral issues and the pupils’ own worldviews. In keeping with a discussion-based method of enquiry closely aligned with the Philosophy for Children approach, assessment is verbal and pupils’ engagement is shown through an effort grade on Attainment Trackers.

Non-GCSE RS pupils have RE lessons once each fortnight. GCSE RS pupils have this fortnightly lesson as well as five GCSE lessons each fortnight.

Year 10: 2018-2020 Options Booklet

Year 11: 2017-2019 Options Booklet Download

Key Stage 5

A-Level Philosophy is offered in the Sixth Form. Pupils explore key ideas concerning what knowledge is and where it comes from, ethical theories and the nature of morality, arguments for and against the existence of God, and what is meant by the “mind”. This A-Level is seen favourably by many higher education establishments and employers. It compliments other A-Level subjects, particularly Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Mathematics.

2018 Sixth Form Prospectus Download