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Religious Education

Like Aristotle, here at Rugby Free Secondary School we believe that education should have an impact on your character. 

Religious studies not only offers the opportunity for high quality academic excellence, but also a chance to enhance your personal excellence. The themes and topics covered will change how you think about the world, society and religion itself. 


Educating the mind 

without educating the 

heart is not education 

at all. 



It is our intent for the religious studies element of our school curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging philosophical questions.


Religious studies contributes significantly to the ethos of the school, and enables students to ask deep, and often searching questions, about their own faith and beliefs, and the beliefs, faith and opinion of others, regarding relevant contemporary moral Issues. Students will be be able to deepen their understanding of God, as encountered and taught by Christians and Muslims. The teaching of religious studies makes links between the beliefs and practices, and values systems of a range of faiths and world views studied.


The Religious Studies Curriculum will help develop responsibilities and respect for all aspects of diversity, whether it be social, cultural and religious, and prepare students well for life in modern Britain. 

What are they learning?

Year 7

Belonging - Describe what it is like to be part of RFSS. Identify our school values and why they are important Recognise what it means to belong to a faith Morality - Define Morality. Give examples of how Christians and humanists make moral decisions. Recognise how the scriptures impact Moral decisions for Christians Give examples of how Muslims learn about morality. Recognise key scripture that will support moral decisions Religious Experience - Identify different ways people experience God. Paraphrase - Paul's conversation. Describe Numinous - James Irwin philosophy. Give examples of Prayer & Miracles - Modern day and Jesus' s miracles Islamophobia =- Recognise what Islamophia is and give examples of in in the UK. Define extremism, scapegoat, terrorism and sharia law. Explain why there are misconceptions about Islam. Summarise what Muslims believe The Island - Express how Religious Studies helps to shape communities. Identify different ways in which we celebrate key life moments recognise links between previous subjects and this end of year project.

Year 8

Belief - Define and discuss the nature of God. Explain the problem of Evil argument? Define and recognise natural and Moral evil? Give examples of How Christians respond to suffering. The History of belief in the UK – Describe Britain’s religious identity. Explain if we are a Christian Country? Describe what it means to belong to a religious minority (The Jews persecution in Britain). The threat of new ideas, - Galelio and Darwin. Multi faith Britain - advantages and challenges. Philosophy 101- Outline the Pre-socrates Philosophy Describe and explain metaphysics. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle"Matters of life and Death - Defend your position on when does life begin. Describe The sanctity of life. Identify the key features and arguments of IVF & surrogacy. Outline the quality of life arguments. Defend The Value of Human Life. Understand pro life and pro choice arguments in context of Abortion & Euthanasia. Philosophical Thinking – describe The Design argument. Understand the key features of the Cosmological argument. Explain the ontological argument.

Potential Careers relating to your subject

Law/Policing / Medicine/Nursing / Journalism and Media / Social Work / Education / Politics / Army/Navy/RAF / Art and Design / Scientific/Technological Research

Year 9

Do we need to prove God existence – Explain arguments for the existence of God. Give an account of God's existence sing rational argument. Identify reasons why people do believe or don't believe in God. "Should Happiness be the purpose of Life? "Describe what is happiness? Explain a Christian view of how to achieve happiness Identify Non-religious worldviews on happiness Discuss the purpose of life.


Islam beliefs and teachings – "Consider the different beliefs and teachings within Islam. Identify the difference between Shi'a and Sunni Islam. Explain and discuss the Key beliefs and Authority. Islam Practices – Express the different practices within Islam. Discuss the difference in Worship between Shi'a and Sunni Islam. Identify and Explain different Duties and festivals within Islam. Religion Crime and punishment. Recall different religious beliefs. Defend different points of view with regards to different ethical issues. Identify religious and non-religious arguments for ethical issues. Religion and Life - Recall different religious views. Give examples of how beliefs affects Society today. Explain different religious points of view Christianity beliefs and teachings - "Consider different beliefs and teachings within Christianity Identify differences between protestant and Catholic Christianity". Explain and discuss the key beliefs and authority in ChristianityChristianity Practices – "Describe different practices within Christianity Discuss different points of view on practices within Christianity Identify and explain differing views on worship and the role of the church. Religion Peace and Conflict – "Recall different Religious beliefs and Scriptures. Discuss different view points on Ethical issues of peace and conflict. Explain different religious and non-religious views on peace and conflict. Relationships and Families - Describe different points of views on relationships and families Discuss different points of view regarding relationships and families Express your own opinion on ethical issues.