Religious Education

Head of Department

  • Mrs N Simpson (Head of Year 8)


Subject Teachers

  • Mr N McConnell 

BSc (Hons), PGCE

  • Mrs J Young

BEd (Hons)

Introduction and ethos

Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding about Christianity, other principal religions and other world views that offer answers to such questions as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.

The RE department in Ashfield Boys’ High School encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief and ethics and to communicate their responses. Pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of identity and belonging. RE has an important role in preparing students for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others.

RE promotes values of truth, justice, respect for all and care for the environment. It also recognizes the changing nature of society, including changes in practice and expression, and the influence of religion in the local, national and global community.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 8

Unit 1: All Stars (Sponsored by Barnardos)

Unit 2: The life of Abraham

Unit 3: Moses and the Ten Commandments

Unit 4: Judaism

Unit 5: Creation and the Environment

Year 9

Unit 1: All Stars Booster (Sponsored by Barnardos)

Unit 2: Jesus’ relationships with people

Unit 3: The miracles of Jesus

Unit 4: Jesus’ Teachings

Unit 5: Events leading to the death of Jesus

Year 10

Unit 1: An introduction to Islam

Unit 2: Self Image and Sexuality

Unit 3: The Church Through the ages

Unit 4: Money

Years 8, 9 and 10 will complete written assessments 3 times during the year – October, February and May. Guidance will be given in relation to revision topics and forms of assessment.

Key Stage 4 Overview

CCEA GCSE Religious Studies


QAN 600/6472/9

The course aims for pupils to:

  • be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that will challenge and equip them to lead constructive lives in the modern world;
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world;
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion;
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning;
  • explore religions and beliefs, giving them opportunities to reflect on fundamental questions related to belief, engage with them intellectually and respond personally;
  • enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing; and
  • enhance their personal, social and cultural development, along with their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, so they may contribute to social and community cohesion.

Pupils study 2 out of a choice of nine modules and sit two externally assessed written papers, lasting 1 hr 30 mins each.

Each written paper is worth 50% of the final grade and will be examined at the end of each unit.

There is no Controlled Assessment for this course.

Pupils are allocated 6 lessons per cycle.

In Year 11 the chosen unit is Christianity through a Study of the Gospel of Matthew. This unit aims to introduce students to a number of themes in the life and ministry of Jesus, as portrayed in Matthew’s Gospel. In their study students have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, understanding and ability to evaluate key passages. These passages should be considered both within the religious, political, social and cultural context of Jesus’ day, and in terms of how they influence contemporary Christian lifestyle in all its diversity. Students should also have knowledge and understanding of the purpose, structure and characteristics of Matthew’s Gospel.

The themes are as follows:

  • The Identity of Jesus;
  • Jesus the Miracle Worker;
  • The Kingdom of God;
  • The Death and Resurrection of Jesus; and
  • The Place and Nature of Christian Discipleship.

In Year 12 the chosen unit is An Introduction to Christian Ethics.

Topics include:

∙ Personal and family issues

∙ Matters of life and death

∙ Care for the environment

∙ Equality

∙ War and Peace

Career Pathways

Law, Education, Social work, Politics, Administration, Medicine, Media and many more

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