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Religious Education

Humanities - Religious Education

Purpose of study


Through exploration of the Humanities subjects (History, Geography & Religious Studies) our students are taught how to think critically and creatively, to reason, to ask questions, to understand, to assess and interpret evidence. These skills allow our students to deepen their knowledge & understanding whilst developing an understanding of the environment, people, religion, cultures & events both past & present.


We want our students to become resilient, independent, learners & critical thinkers by displaying a thirst for knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills that will enable them to communicate in an articulate and respectful manner culminating in them becoming positive Muslim role models who contribute effectively to society through a love of learning, understanding & sincerity.


: Be tolerant & understanding towards others

: Confidently provide developed reasons for answers supported by evidence

: An awareness & understanding of the Muslim contributions to Britain & the world.

: Understanding of our Heritage

: Respectfully debate to develop communication skills & challenge misconceptions.

: Provide strong learning foundations that students will be able to use as a platform during the next phase of their life/learning journey.


Religious Education


Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, or whether you think religion has played a positive or negative role in history, it is an incontrovertible fact that from the beginning of time, humans have engaged in activities that we now call religion, such as worship, prayer, and rituals marking important life passages.Moreover, religions have always asked fundamental questions, such as: What is the true meaning of life? What happens to us after death? How do we explain human suffering and injustices?

Religion has always been with us. Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and culture. We discover religion at the centre of global issues and cultural conflict. We see religion and people of no faith frequently and it is through this study our tolerance and understanding is deepened.


Mr. R. Afzal – Teacher of History & Geography  & Humanities Co-ordinator
Mol Ayub Makadam (KS4 Religious Studies teacher)
Mol Kauther Ali (KS3 Religious Studies teacher)


Key stage 3


Students will be taught the skills & knowledge in an enjoyable and engaging manner for each subject area covering a wide range of topics. Students cover all the major regions of the world. Students are also taught about the major world religions & atheism and are encouraged to engage in high quality debates whilst challenging common misconceptions.




: Deepen their understanding of different faiths and people of no faith.

: Understand the key principles & beliefs

: Speak clearly & confidently

: Work independently and in groups to develop wider skills

: Express meaning, purpose, values & commitment

: Develop critical thinking skills

: Promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society.

: Challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

Key stage 4


Students are taught to develop their critical thinking skills whilst focussing on many issues involving religion. Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, plurality, values and futures. It provides an excellent opportunity for young people to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness. Students study Islam & other world views as part of the syllabus covering a variety of issues/aspects of religion.


GCSE Religious Studies (Edexcel Specification A – 75% Islam & 25% Christianity)


: Students take an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, exploring different beliefs, cultures and fundamental questions, and relating these studies to their own values and the wider world.

: Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, and engage with them intellectually and respond personally

: Students to study Edexcel Specification A Philosophy & Ethics.

: Students are entered for 3 exams which focus on Islam & Christianity.

: Students will be prepared and well equipped for the next phase of their journey be it in employment or college.

: Debates centring around the morals, ethics, British Values & impact frequently take place in light of the religions studied

How can I help my Son/Daughter?


: Regularly check your students’ planner for homework as well as using it as another form of communication with the school.

: Encourage reading at home

: Check your students classwork & homework

: Share any concerns with the subject teacher/form tutor
: Family educational trips



Useful websites

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key dates:


Key Exam Dates:      


Paper 1: Study of Islam (1h 45 min): 14-May-18
Paper 2: Study of Christianity (50 min): 16-May-18
Paper 3: Philosophy and Ethics (50 min): 24-May-18

Religious Education Map of Learning

RE Map of Learning

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