Beliefs and Values

The Beliefs and Values department is part of the Humanities faculty and delivers learning in Religious Education to all students in Years 7 and 8. We also provide the option for all pupils to follow the full-course GCSE qualification in Religious Studies in Years 9, 10, and 11. The department is headed by a specialist teacher in Religious Education and supported by non-specialist teaching staff delivering the curriculum at Key Stage 3.

Beliefs and Values lessons make a major contribution to the whole school promotion of British Values and the Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, and Social development of students across both Key Stages.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils are challenged to consider the possible answers to ultimate questions and are encouraged to develop the skill of empathy; seeing things from more than one point of view. Students learn about the major world religions and also from the various faith traditions, making sense and relevance to their own lives, regardless of whatever background they may come from.

The Beliefs and Values department continues to develop links with the various faith communities, offering all students the chance to visit places and meet people from a variety of traditions.

Topics Covered this Academic Year

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7

World Religion Foundation Unit

Themes in RE: Relationships/Power

Believing in God—does God exist? Religious upbringing and experience, the problem of evil

 Judaism—from the covenant to the state of Israel

Year 8

Hinduism—beliefs and practices, including a study of the life of Mohandas Gandhi

Buddhism—the life of the Buddha, Buddhist beliefs, the Sangha

Islam—Islamic beliefs and living the Muslim Life

Introduction to Sikhism

Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10, and 11, the Beliefs and Values department offers all pupils the option of following the full-course GCSE in Religious Studies. This is a very engaging course that has been extremely successful in recent years, topping the league tables for Somerset schools.





Course title: Edexcel Specification B “Beliefs in Action”

Area of Study 1 — Religion and Ethics through Christianity

Area of Study 2 — Religion, Peace and Conflict through Islam

Last Updated: July 2018