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Religious Studies


Religious Studies offers a varied and engaging curriculum to all Year 7 and Year 8 students. Elements of the subject are also covered throughout Year 9, 10 and 11 via PACE lessons in order to offer students a more holistic view of the world around them. 

Students will be following the agreed syllabus for Religion and World Views in Kirklees, Leeds, and Calderdale. This is in line with new government guidelines. 

The Curriculum

Year 7: 

  • What is Religion? This unit explores the relationship between religion, belief and spirituality taking into consideration similarities and differences as well as reflecting on how they influence actions. Students will learn about core religious teachings that are the basis for reflecting upon how these beliefs have influenced those who follow. As well as looking at the six main world religions, non-religious and Humanist views will also be studied. 
  • How do Christians express their faith and spirituality? Students will enquire into different expressions of Christian worship and prayer. Additionally, this unit explores the meaning of the church as the 'Body of Christ' and its role in the local community. 
  • How do Buddhists see life? Students will learn about the different belief systems that make up Buddhism. They will understand the difference between good and bad karma and the steps a Buddhist would need to take to reach enlightenment. 
  • What does it mean to live in multi-faith Britain? This unit enables students to consider local applications of the ideas of respect and cohesion. In Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds and West Yorkshire. as well as the UK as a whole, religious diversity is evident. Religious Studies prepares students to live in such a world and this unit focuses on what makes a respectful community, region or nation? 
  • What do Hindus believe? Students will focus on one of the key religious leaders in modern history - Mahatma Gandhi. In addition, students will also gain an insight into the different elements of the Hindu religion. 
  • What is important to Muslims about a good life? Students begin this unit by exploring what it means to lead a good life. They will learn about the importance of the Qur'an to Muslims in their everyday lives. Students will also explore different themes found from important stories in the Qur'an. 


Year 8: 

  • How do Christians understand God and the Trinity? In this unit students develop their understanding of Christian beliefs about God, including concepts such as omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and benevolent. They will enquire into arguments about the existence of God and make well-formed responses. 
  • What is Humanism? This unit investigates Humanism as an alternative philosophy to religious belief. It considers core beliefs and values, the concept of truth and the making of moral choices. 
  • What is marriage and how is it celebrated? This unit seeks to explore the values and tradition and marriage within 21st century western society and place it within the broader context of marriage as part of life's journey. 
  • Should human beings use animals? This unit explores issues connected with the treatment of animals by human beings. It seeks to enable students to discuss and explore beliefs and attitudes about the ways humans treat animals. 
  • Was the Universe created by God? This study is intended to develop philosophical thinking. It encourages students to reflect upon the ultimate question of whether the universe was created as a deliberate act by a deity, whether an explanation lies in the 'Big Bang' theory, or whether it is possible to understand existence from both perspectives. 
  • How do beliefs grapple with evil and suffering? This is an exploration of how people, from both religious and secular backgrounds, respond to evil and suffering in the world. The unit investigates how Christians have traditionally responded to the problem of evil, and also considers Buddhist and Humanist beliefs and responses.  

Click here to see our curriculum plan. 


Year 7 - World Cultures Day


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