The Religious Education Curriculum

Religious Education (RE) contributes dynamically to young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE students learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. (NATRE)

Students learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully

At Temple Moor, RE is delivered as part of a combined PSHCE & RE Programme. At Key Stage 3 students study the key aspects of the major world faiths, as well as looking at bigger questions of morality, responsibilities, existence and philosophy.

Year 7 content includes a Unit on Expressions of Faith focused around developing understanding of the similarities and differences between people of different faiths, and what the expectations of their faiths are. As well as this Religion forms part of wider issues we look at including issues around Diversity, Discrimination and Community Cohesion.

In Year 8 content includes religion integrated fully into the PSHCE programme, including issues around Human Rights, Crime and Punishment and Power and Authority. This involves looking at religion in the wider context and through moral and ethical discussions.

In Year 9 content includes a specific unit on philosophy, to allow students to develop critical thinking skills on wider moral issues such as what it means to be a person, questions of our existence and issues around life and death. As well as this again, themes of religion and morality are conveyed through wider topic areas including our Prevent topics, Relationships and Personal Safety.

At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Religious Education as an option for students. Students currently follow the Edexcel Religious Studies B route. This includes two units on two world faiths, Religion and Ethics (Christianity Paper 1) and Religion Peace and Conflict (Islam Paper 2). Both papers allow for a developed understanding of the religions themselves but also how these religions fit into a wider national and international context in the 21st Century. Topics covered include Christian and Muslim Belief, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and Family, Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict.

At Key Stage 5 issues of morality and bigger questions are dealt with through the CPD programme offered to our Post 16 students, to allow them to debate topics and issues that affect society today. By doing this we allow students to get involved in developing the skills of debate, research and critical thinking on major world themes, that often have a religious/ethical focus.

Supporting all of this is our Assembly & Form time programme which allows for students to have time to reflect on issues related to religious, moral and ethical themes, at key points in the year, related often to national and international events of significance. This is supported where appropriate with the use of outside speakers and the wider school enrichment programme.

Our Teachers:
Mr J Scott (Programme Leader)
Miss D Clark
Mr M Audsley
Ms A Bell
Miss A Thursby
Miss H Cadey
Mr P Sharp
Mr D Coates
Mr M Bryant
Miss S Cameron
Mrs E Cartwright
Miss G Newman
Mr S Parkes
Dr J Stephenson
Mrs H Roper

If you would like to know more about the Religious Education Curriculum please contact Mr J Scott, Programme Leader at:

Email:  j.scott@tmhs.co.uk
Telephone:  0113 390 0770