Religious Education

Head of Subject:  Mrs Naish:

How Religious Education at Huntcliff School prepares students for life in modern Britain.

Religious Education at Huntcliff School is provided for all students from Year 7 through to Year 11. The subject aims to provide a critical understanding of the role of religion plays in the world. Whilst there is a focus on Christianity, students will consider all the world's major religions and also consider the increasing role atheism and humanism play in our society.

The teaching is non-denominational and non-evangelical, allowing students a comfortable environment in which to discuss their ideas. We seek to encourage both the students' understanding of the religions they study as well as learning from religion.

The department incorporates Philosophy teaching into the RE syllabus, encouraging students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skill. All students at Huntcliff School study AQA Religious Studies B at GCSE.



Students will study RE for one hour per week. In this time students will be given the opportunity to study the key concepts involved in RE. The aim of the lessons will be to give students an understanding of the key ideas about religion as well as a comprehension of what they can gain from the religious ideas they study. We hope to provide this information to the students using a variety of methods which will make the topics engaging and motivating. Each topic in Key Stage 3 helps prepare students for the GCSE examinations in year 11.

Year 7

The Year 7 course is designed to familiarise students with some key aspects of the world religions. They will also start to practice the different thinking skills that are needed in your RE course.

Year 7 begins with an introduction to world religions, their key ideas and how these ideas affect their understanding of the world. Students will consider how symbols work and how religious people use symbols in their worship. They will look at the six main world religions and find out about their founder, symbols, holy book and places of worship. Students will also look at creation stories and think about how people think the world began.

Year 8

Students will start to explore in more detail the concepts and ideas behind religious beliefs. They will become comfortable at comparing and contrasting beliefs and begin to evaluate the central themes.

The life of Jesus

Why is this man so important? Why is he still remembered today? Why do so many people live their life and make decisions using his teachings. Students will investigate his life, works and deeds and decide whether or not we should still take notice of this man from Nazareth.


All religions have people who are fundamentally important to the religion. This ranges from people who founded the religion to people like Mother Teresa who were really influential within the religion. You will study a variety of people and try and evaluate why you think they are so important. Was it their actions? Was it what they said? Was it who they helped? It will be up to you to work out what you think the most important reason was!

Rites of Passage

This topic gives you the opportunity to contrast two important stages in people’s lives. The union with a loved one through marriage and the birth. You will get the chance to question how different religions can help believers with these stages. You will get the chance to discuss your own opinions on each of these events which you will have to consider later in life This will help you when you are studying matters of life and relationships at GCSE.

Year 9

The Existence of GOD.

Life after Death

Good and Evil


Firstly, it is the law that all students in the UK have to study RE until the end of Key Stage 4. Whilst some schools do not make years 10 and 11 do an RE exam, we think you deserve credit for your work so we enter all our students for GCSE RE.

Year 10 – Religion and Morality

The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to address fundamental questions about the basis for religious beliefs and behaviour and to investigate ways in which religious beliefs and values are relevant to specified moral issues and behaviour.

  • Medical Ethics
  • Death and the elderly
  • Drugs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Poverty in UK
  • World Poverty

Religion and Life Issues

This unit is intended to encourage candidates to reflect upon religion and life including animal life and environmental issues, prejudice, the right to life, war and peace, religion and young people. In the examination candidates will be expected to illustrate their answers by reference to actual examples in relation to the issues raised, and to make appropriate references to religious stories, teachings and practices that they have studied.

Topics studied are as follows

  • Animal Rights
  • Planet Earth
  • Prejudice
  • Early Life
  • War and Peace
  • Religion and Young people


Angela Naish – Head of Religious Education

Teaching Area

Adjacent, well-maintained, classrooms.


Equipment available, e.g. interactive whiteboards, visualisers , ipads , access to computers, a good selection of appropriate text books, revision materials. Facebook page

Extra Curricular

Please contact Mrs Naish for details of extra-curricular sessions.

All students at Huntcliff School study GCSE Religious Education, our results have been consistently good.