Religious Studies

Department Ethos

The Religious Education department at Bishop Perowne is committed to providing our students with a high quality curriculum that enables them to become religiously literate and to engage with questions of meaning and purpose. Our curriculum supports the aims of the Worcestershire Locally Agreed Syllabus (2020) which are “to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.”

At Bishop Perowne students are taught RE from Year 7-11 as part of their PSRE curriculum. Please see the PSHE curriculum pages for details of topics taught in PSHE.

Year 7

In Year 7 students begin their study of key stage three Religious Education. Students study the religions of Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. In each topic students are taught to identify core religious beliefs and concepts, to analyse sources of authority from within each tradition and identify how they are used and interpreted in the lives of believers. Students are taught to examine how and why beliefs can be put into action and to reflect on the beliefs and practices that they have studied. (Worcestershire Locally Agreed Syllabus, 2020). Each half term students receive 2 pieces of homework and 1 assessment.

Topics studied: Understanding Christianity (The Trinity and ‘What was so radical about Jesus?’), ‘How are Sikh teachings on equality and service put into practice today?’ and ‘What is good and what is challenging about being a Muslim teenager in the UK today?’.

Year 8

In Year 8 students continue their study of topics from the Worcestershire Locally Agreed Syllabus, 2020. The curriculum allows students to build upon the knowledge and skills that they have learnt in Year 7. Students continue their study of ‘Understanding Christianity’ and also widen their knowledge of religion with a study of Buddhism. In the summer term students are introduced to philosophy and ethics through a study of morality – in this topic students will draw on all they have learnt about Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism throughout Year 7 and 8 to identify the impact of faith in every day life. Each half term students receive 2 pieces of homework and 1 assessment.

Topics studied: Understanding Christianity (Does the world need prophets today?), ‘The Buddha: how and why do his experiences and teachings have meaning for people today?’ and ‘Good, bad, right, wrong: how do I decide? (Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Atheists)’.

Year 9

In Year 9 students continue their study of the Worcestershire Locally Agreed Syllabus. Students also have the option of choosing GCSE Religious Studies in Year 9. The PSRE topics continue to build on the work done in Years 7 and 8 with further study of Understanding Christianity and topics related to philosophy and ethics. Students complete 1 piece of assessed work per half term. Students who have opted for GCSE Religious Studies will begin their study of Christianity and Islam as part of the Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies Route A course. Students receive 2 pieces of homework and 1 assessment per half term

Topics studied (PSRE): Understanding Christianity (‘should Christians be greener than everyone else?’), ‘Should happiness be the purpose of life?’ and ‘How far does it make a difference if you believe in life after death?’

Topics studied (GCSE Religious Studies): Christian Beliefs and Teachings; Christian Practices; Islam – Beliefs and Teachings.

Year 10

All students continue their study of PSRE in Years 10 and 11, this course is non-examined. The course has been designed to allow students to continue to develop their religious literacy and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs and practices. Students complete 1 piece of assessed work each half term, this is based around a piece of extended writing to enable students to practice their written skills, supporting their study of English Language.

Students who have opted for the GCSE in Religious Studies continue to study the Eduqas GCSE RS Route A course content. We focus on the development of the three key exam skills – describe, explain and evaluate – students are given regular opportunities to practice these skills through class work and homework. Students are supported in their preparation for assessments with revision materials and guidance from their class teacher. Students receive regular feedback on exam practice questions completed in class and sit three formal assessments throughout the year, including a full practice paper under examination conditions at the end of Year 10.

Topics studied (PSRE):Human Rights and Social Justice, What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century? and An introduction to philosophical thought.

Topics studied (GCSE RS): Islam – Practices; issues of Good and Evil; issues of Human Rights.

Year 11

Students complete their study of Religious Education through their PSRE programme in Year 11. Students are encouraged to use the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout Years 7-10 to consider questions related to medical ethics and war and peace.

Students studying GCSE RS complete all remaining topics for the GCSE course and have regular opportunities to put into practice what they have learnt in pre-public examinations (PPEs) as well as in class and homework. Students are given a range of revision and support materials to prepare them for exam success.

Topics studied (PSRE): Medical Ethics and Crime and Punishment.

Topics studied (GCSE RS): Issues of Relationships; issues of Life and Death; revision and preparation for GCSE exams.

Year 11 Subject Resources

Description Type
Religious Studies: Exam Board (Eduqas) Resources  External Link
Religious Studies: School Revision Guide  School PDF Document

Our Staff

Mrs K Day


Mrs H Horovitz

Head of Department