Aims of Years 7, 8 and 9:

Acquiring knowledge and developing an understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions.

Developing understanding of beliefs, values and traditions of individuals, communities, societies and cultures and how these can enhance the lives of people.

Developing the ability to consider and reflect on religious and moral issues.

Enhancing the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of pupils by

  • Developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences
  • Responding to such questions with reference to the teaching and practices of religions and to their own understanding and experience
  • Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.

Developing a positive attitude towards other people and respecting their beliefs and practices.

Year 7 syllabus

Study of Judaism

  • Introduction to Judaism and its origins
  • Worship in the synagogue
  • Jewish festivals and their importance today

The Christian year

  • Christian festivals and how they are celebrated locally and internationally
  • Independent research.

How Christianity came to Britain

  • Celtic Christianity and its spread to Ireland
  • Celtic monks and monasteries
  • Roman Christianity
  • Christianity in Norfolk and the UK.

Students have the opportunity to carry out both individual and group and project work. They are encouraged to use their ICT skills and research skills.

Year 8 Syllabus

Outline of topics covered:

  • Early history of Arabia
  • Introduction to Islam – links and comparisons to other known religions
  • Muhammad
  • The Qur’an
  • The mosque – what does it look like
  • What happens at the mosque
  • Islamic art
  • The Five Pillars
  • Islamic calendar
  • Festivals
  • The Muslim family
  • Shi’ah and Sunni muslims
  • History of India and Hinduism
  • Introduction to Hinduism – links and comparisons to other known religions
  • What do Hindus believe
  • Gods and goddesses
  • Worship at home and in the mandir
  • The mandir
  • Pilgrimage
  • Dharma, karma and moksha
  • Ashramas
  • Festivals
  • The caste system
  • The Hindu family
  • Hindu presentation
  • What did Jesus look like
  • Geography and history of Palestine and region – the Roman Empire
  • The early life of Jesus
  • Jewish groups
  • The Gospels – history and purpose and audience.
  • The birth of Jesus – the stories and the facts
  • The Parables.

Year 9 Syllabus

Understanding some philosophical and ethical questions:

  • What is meant by “person” Topic called “Who are you”
  • How we make ethical decisions. Ideas of right and wrong
  • Conscience
  • Freedom and responsibility.

Study of Sikhism as a world religion

  • Religion, culture, festivals, food, and an opportunity to talk to a Sikh visitor.

Understanding Christianity

  • Topic work on Christian denominations with group presentations
  • The practice of pilgrimage both in the UK and abroad
  • Religious communities – what they do today and a chance to meet a monk

Virtue Ethics

  • The importance and place of role models
  • Study of Gandhi, Mother Teresa and others
  • Simulation game which explores ambition and consideration for others.

Topic and group work is increased in Year 9. Students are encouraged to bring into use ICT skills by using the school RS Intranet and designated website RS Support.

Year 10 & 11 Religious Studies GCSE (optional subject)

Examination Board: OCR
Specification Number: Units B571, B572, B589, B603

Religious Studies provides the chance to appreciate different viewpoints, develop an enquiring mind and reach clear, balanced decisions. It is open to those of any faith, or of none. In studying religion, candidates develop their own thoughts and ideas about moral and ethical issues and questions of belief.

Course Details

The courses that will be offered combine the familiar practice of studying how a world religion operates within society, with an issue based course. The course will be attractive, to those anxious to explore the significance of moral decisions, and the answering of ultimate questions about the meaning of life.

  • One paper will cover religious beliefs, special days and pilgrimage as well as major divisions and interpretations of the chosen religion.
  • The second paper will look at places and forms of worship, religious rituals, the working of religious organisations and a guide to sacred writings.
  • The third paper – Christian Perspectives – covers environmental issues, attitudes to war, peace and human rights as well as topics on racism and prejudice.
  • The fourth paper – Ethics – will be concerned with religion and human relationships, religion and medical ethics as well as topics such as poverty and wealth.

Examination Details

At the end of Year 11 there will be four one hour examinations.