Religious Studies


Welcome to the Religious Studies page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

The aim of our teaching in Religious Studies is to encourage all of our pupils to think about challenging questions such as the meaning and purpose of life, different beliefs in God and to consider issues of right and wrong. We aim to develop the pupil's knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions. We encourage all of our pupils to learn about and from different religions, beliefs and traditions so that they can develop their own sense of identity as citizens of a global community.

  • To give all pupils a foundation understanding of Christian belief and that of the other major world religions.
  • To develop in all pupils a respect for and tolerance of other beliefs and traditions.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The aim of the work at KS3 is to help all pupils to explore their own everyday experiences, consider how these can draw parallels to other people's lives and beliefs and to lead them to a deeper understanding and respect of a range of religious concepts and ideas.

Pupils will start year 7 by learning about the different skills we use within Religious Studies. We then use these skills throughout KS3 as we learn about different religions such as Christianity and Judaism and also how following these religions can affect the way that people live.

  • God – What do they believe about God? What sources of authority do they use to gain their knowledge from? How do they demonstrate their beliefs about God?
  • Community – Exploring the diversity of particular religions by looking at the different denominations and how their beliefs/action compare.
  • What is a ‘good’ life? - What does the term ‘good’ mean? How do different religious and non-religious traditions define ‘goodness’? What sources of authority provide religious and non-religious people with guidance on how to live a ‘good’ life?
  • Being human - How does faith and belief affect the way people live their lives – A focus on faith and belief in a wider context
  • Life journey - How do people mark important events in life? How do their beliefs affect the stages in life from birth, relationships, death etc?

 Religion belief and creativity - What different methods of communication and means of expressing knowledge, beliefs and feelings do human beings utilise? How do humans use creative expression and the creative arts to express their understanding of matters of belief and religion?

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme 

This year, the whole of our Key Stage 3 has been rewritten in line with the locally agreed syllabus with guidance from the Diocese of Lincoln board of education.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils will be assessed using numerical levels from 3 to 7 that identify skills and ability to share knowledge. Assessments will focus on knowledge deployment and skill acquisition.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Key Stage 4 pupils will be following the AQA A syllabus. They will study Christianity and Judaism in detail, learning about the beliefs and practices of those religions. This gives them an in depth understanding of the impact following a religion has on a believer’s life. In addition, they will study religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life, War and Peace and Relationship and Families. Looking at contemporary issues in modern day Great Britain gives pupils a chance to reflect on what they consider to be right and wrong in our ever changing world.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

Weekly homework tasks have been designed to focus pupils on key terms and the core quotes required. Regular retrieval practice will be put in place to ensure that pupils are collecting and retaining the correct information. Appropriate intervention (small group sessions) will be put in place if deemed necessary. 

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils will sit two examinations each worth 50% of their final grade. During KS4 pupils will sit practice examination questions to demonstrate their knowledge and their progress.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass

What can it lead to?

Religious Studies is useful in all occupations as it encourages you to consider various points of view and can help you understand why religious people act the way they do.

Accommodation & Resources

Religious Studies forms part of the Humanities Faculty. The faculty occupies eight rooms on the top floor of the newly built South Block. Each room is fitted with an interactive touchscreen and the facility to play DVDs. The faculty is well resourced with a range of textbooks, DVDs and has the use of a set of laptops.


Pupils achieve well in Religious Studies and are given an opportunity to express and challenge each other's opinions. The study of different religions and cultures enables pupils to broaden their horizons and gain a greater understanding of the world beyond their immediate environment.