Religious Education

The Religious Education Curriculum

Ms Cowburn and Mr Heppolette make up the RE Department, which sits within the Humanities Department.

To find out more about the curriculum Siddal Moor delivers, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 9)  we aim to give our students a broad and varied education around the main world religions. Through this we hope to encourage curiosity, open mindedness and acceptance..

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9) Religious Education Curriculum Overview

Unit 1 - Year 7

The Island

This unit uses a metaphor of a desert island to introduce key concepts to the class – looking at ceremonies, the religious community, birth rites and ritual and other rites of passage. It also introduces key speaking and listening rules.

Unit 2 - Year 7

Who we are?

Before they begin studying other cultures and beliefs, students take a deep dive into the culture of Manchester and what it means to be a Mancunian in this vibrantly diverse city. This unit relies of parental involvement through homework and promotes pride in their own culture.

Unit 3 - Year 7

Special Places

Here we explore places of pilgrimage for major religions all over the world, before comparing the act of pilgrimage to other emotionally stirring events and finally asking whether pilgrimages have to be a religious experience.

Unit 4 - Year 7

Revolting Religion!

This fun and unique unit allows us to explore some terrible tales from a variety of religions. The emphasis here is to encourage students to write in a range of styles whilst studying staggering stories which are hard to stomach!

Unit 1 - Year 8

Does God Exist?

During this unit, Year 8 begin to explore basic principles of philosophy and debate about the nature of God, the dilemma of pain and suffering for religious believers and morality.

Unit 2 - Year 8

The Evil That Men Do

This is a three part unit that combines questions of the philosophy of evil with the topics of crime and punishment and terrorism and extremism. Students explore their views on the death penalty, the use of nuclear weapons and how people become radicalised.

Unit 3 - Year 8

Religion and Art

Students learn to appreciate and analyse the meaning behind multiple different types of religious art. From doom paintings, to paintings from the Renaissance all the way to contemporary music students explore meanings and themes of angels, demons and prophets.

Unit 4 - Year 8


This unit actually runs throughout the year as a series of standalone lessons taught at the same time of that religious festival.

Students explore 6 different religious festivals from each of the major world religions.

Unit 1 - Year 9

Religion and the Media

Students examine the presentation of religion in the media and begin to investigate bias, prejudice and discrimination. They also study documentary and film to see how religions are presented and the effect this has on the audience.

Unit 2 - Year 9

Religion and Medical Ethics

Here we examine a variety of topics relating to medical ethics, such as euthanasia, medical testing on animals, abortion and cloning as well as introducing the concept of Sanctity of Life. Students explore arguments for and against this topics and are presented with balanced arguments so as to form their own opinions.

Unit 3 - Year 9

The Origins of Life

This unit allows students to question how the Universe began by examining a variety of religious and scientific theories. This also allows us to study philosophical principles such as the Design Argument and the First Cause Theory.

Unit 4 - Year 9


We look at religious views of marriage, divorce and the nature of families.
Students also begin to look at gender and the changing role of women as well as investigating how and why gender politics, relationships and families are changing.


Key Stage 4

In KS4 we provide RE as a full course optional subject following the AQA full course. Students study various social and religious issues from both a Christian and Muslim point of view.

As part of the GCSE, students study Christian Beliefs/Practices and Muslim Beliefs/Practices as part of Paper 1.
To prepare for Paper 2, we examine the themes of Life, Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment as well as Human Rights and Social Justice.

RE is provided for all non-examination KS4 students through the teaching of Ethics and Morality.

Examination Courses

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
Religious Studies AAQA8062GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Religious Education Curriculum Overview

During Key Stage 4 the following curriculum will be taught, however the order in which the units/themes are taught may differ depending on the ability and confidence of the class. The units may also change order dependent on student interest or topical news stories and current affairs.


Paper One - The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practice

Students looks at the topics from three points of view, which are dictated by the locally agreed syllabus due to the religious population of the area. They cover Christian views, Muslims views and the Humanist perspective.

They look at four of the following units:

Christian Beliefs and Teachings

This includes the key beliefs of Christians around the nature of God, different Christian beliefs about creation and Jesus Christ and the concept of salvation.

Christian Practices

Students examine worship and festivals (including prayer and pilgrimage) and the role of the church in the local and worldwide community.

Islamic Beliefs and Teachings

Students study the key beliefs of Islam, including the differences between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims; Tawhid and the predestination of life. They also examine authority of Prophethood, holy books and the imamate.

Islamic Practices

This includes the Five Pillars of Sunni Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi'a Islam; duties and festivals.

Paper Two - Thematic Studies

Theme A: Relationships and families

This includes an examination of the religious views on contraception, sexual relationships before marriage and homosexual relationships. Students also look at sex, marriage and divorce as well as families and gender equality.

Theme B: Religion and life

During this unit, students look at the origins and values of the universe (including stewardship, dominion and the use and abuse of the environment and animals). They also cover religious views and responses to euthanasia and abortion.

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict

Topics covered include violence, weapons of mass destruction and views on pacificsm. They also look at religion, violence, terrorism and war.

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment

Students examine contrasting beliefs on the following three issues: corporal punishment, the death penality and forgiveness. They also look at the causes of crime and religious views on the aims of punishment.

Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

Topics covered in this unit include the status of women in religion, the uses of wealth and freedom of religious expression as well as prejudice and discrimination, social justice and wealth and poverty.