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Religious Studies Curriculum Intent


The Religious Studies curriculum is designed and centred around our students. We recognise the importance of inclusive and relevant content, which can help students develop and acquire a better understanding of the role that different religions and cultures play in today’s multicultural world. Our curriculum allows students to apply, compare and contrast some of the world’s major beliefs, as well as some of the ‘Big Issues’ we are faced with on a day-to-day basis.  

Students will learn to develop tolerance, resilience, and respect for the communities in which we live, as well as fostering a responsibility for our environment and the people in it. Through differentiated lessons we will provide a safe space for students to express their views. Essential to understanding is the impact of religious literacy, which is developed through structured key terms and spelling, regular reading aloud and wider reading opportunities (particularly at Key Stage 4). Throughout all the Key Stages, Religious Studies provides students with the opportunity to debate and discuss thereby improving their ability to articulate verbally as well as enabling them to develop their extended writing skills.  


The curriculum in Key Stage aims to equip students with an initial understanding of the multicultural society in which we live and how they fit into this, we encourage students to be independent learners, both within and outside of the classroom environment. As students’ progress into Key Stage 4, they are given the opportunity to explore these bigger questions on a deeper level through the study of Christianity and Islam plus themes such as Crime and punishment and Religion and life. GCSE Religious Studies seeks to sharpen critical thinking alongside developing a student’s ability to think and theorise through issues themselves; skills which are imperative to development later in life. The RS curriculum seeks to engage, inspire, challenge, and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions.

Why Study Religious Studies?

Religious Studies is a very popular subject at Winterhill. We have a specialist team who are dedicated and passionate about the subject. We are proud of the results our students have achieved year after year and hope this will continue for many years to come.

If, like us, you are interested in the way modern society functions, as well as looking at the views of others in relation to issues such as; animal rights, the creation theory, the use of nuclear weapons, the roles of men and women and what happens after death, amongst many others, then this is the subject for you!

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview


GCSE Religious Studies Curriculum Overview









Year 7

  • What is religion?

  • What is it like to be a member of religion?

  • What can we learn from places of worship?

Year 8

  • Good V’s Evil 

  • Influential figures 

  • A study of Sikhism

  • A study of Hinduism 

  • Crime and punishment

  • The unexplained

Year 9

  • What will make our communities more respectful?

  • Does religion make peace or cause war?

  • How do people decide what is right in ethical situations?

Paper 1

  • Beliefs, teachings and practices of Islam and Christainty

Paper 2

  • Thematic studies (Relationships and family, religion and life, peace and conflict, crime and punishment)

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