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In Years 7 & 8 students are taught Religious Education for two hours over a fortnight. The subject is taught from a thematic perspective and based on the teachings of six world religions. Students will be learning about and from religion. Further information about the curriculum and the breakdown of study for the subject can be found on ‘Frog’.

Year 7
                          Topic           Skills

Founders & Leaders.
Religion rollercoaster.
The founders of religion.
What problem did the Israelites face?
How did Moses solve their problem?
How did Moses lead them after that?
From Moses to Jesus.
From Jesus to Muhammad.
From Muhammad to Guru Nanak.
What makes a good leader?
  • Identify key elements of the six world religions.
  • Explore the lives of historical figures important to world religions.
  • Evaluate qualities that make a good leader.
  • How to use and develop writing skills in lessons, with the aim of writing a formal essay.


Islam: The Five Pillars.
Islam is more that just a religion.
Introduction to the 5 Pillars of Islam.
'There is no God except Allah' - Shahadah.
99 names of Allah.
Prayer as a duty - Salah.
Mosque - a place of prostration.
Sharing wealth - Zakah.
Fasting - Sawm.
Pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Identify and recount Islam's effect on the world.
  • Identify and recount key words and symbols associated with Islam.
  • Investigate and analyse the 5 duties carried out by Muslims as an expression of faith.
  • How to structure an information leaflet about beliefs and actions.


Jesus & Justice.
Who is Jesus - What did he look like?
Miracles of Jesus.
Parables of Jesus.
Why do actions speak louder than words? The sheep and the goat parable.
Holy week.
Arrest and trial.
Crucifixion and resurrection.
Justice today.
Church visit.
  • Identify the importance of who Jesus is and his importance to Christians.
  • Research the important events in Jesus' life from a justice standpoint.
  • Research organisations that make a difference to the lives of those involved in an injustice.
  • Identify and explain the links between the teachings of Jesus and justice in the modern world.

Year 8
                          Topic           Skills

Festival of Lights.
Why we celebrate.
The story of Rama & Sita.
Rama & Sita character analysis.
Diwali - The Festival of Lights.
What is Hanukkah?
How is Hanukkak celebrated?
Aspects of Christmas.
The 'true' meaning of Christmas.
Christian Christmas celebrations.
Christmas display.
  • To identify three religious festivals.
  • To recount historical events, stories, symbols and rituals associates with the festivals.
  • To investigate the symbolism of actions and objects in festivals.
  • To analyse a festival and stories then write meaningfully about them and their relevance to modern life.


Does God Exist?
Fact, opinion & belief.
How do major world religions see God?
Atheist, Agnostic & Theist.
Can the universe reveal God?
Teleological argument.
Can God be seen in nature?
Skills lesson-Writing an argument/recounting facts.
Scientific creation.
Group news report 'science v philosophy'.
  • To learn to analyse philosophical arguments for the existence of God.
  • To explore how important religion is in helping people make sense of creation.
  • To recount a variety of religious creation accounts and 20th Century scientific theories.


Evil & Suffering.
Different types of suffering.
Siddartha's journey.
Understanding the truth. Four noble truths.
Does money make you happy?
The inward path to happiness - eightfold plan.
Views on suffering.
When suffering entered the world - Adam & Eve.
Adam & Eve - courtroom role play activity (free will extension).
Life is a test - Islam view on suffering.
The story of Job
Are people responsible for their own actions?
  • Evaluate different religious responses to evil and suffering (Christian, Hindu, Muslim & Buddhist).
  • Identify different types of suffering.
  • Investigate how suffering can be a result of actions (with reference to real world events).
  • How to structure an essay that recounts, criticises and compares response to suffering.