Religious Studies

Subject Overview

At Peacehaven Community School, Religious Studies is an important part of students’ education, allowing them to better understand the other cultures and the benefits of diversity. Students learn about major world faiths - Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism – and learn about their views on war and peace, the environment, human rights, family and conflict, and community cohesion.

Religious Studies is empowering for students, particularly in a diverse society where religion is often portrayed in the media as a basis for disagreement and conflict. It is also part of the statutory curriculum for all students across key stage three and four.


If you wish to withdraw your child from Religious Education please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the Headteacher.


Teaching and Learning

Year 7

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Introductory lessons
  • Fact and Belief
  • Ultimate Question
  • Unit 1: Is there a God?
  • Christian beliefs about God
  • Hindu beliefs about God
  • Muslim beliefs about God
  • Why do people believe in God? (Upbringing, miracles etc)
  • Arguments against God (Problem of evil, Science, Proof
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Unit 2: How was the world created?
  • Christian creation story
  • Hindu creation story
  • Chinese Buddhist creation story
  • Humanist/atheist creation story – the Big Bang
  • Comparing and contrasting creation stories
  • Creative writing – your own creation story
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Unit 3: What happens after we die?
  • Introduction – what happens after death?
  • Ideas about life after death
  • Christian beliefs – Heaven, Hell and Purgatory
  • Hindu beliefs – Reincarnation
  • Why do people believe in life after death – comfort, paranormal activity
  • How does belief impact on life
  • Year 8

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Unit 1 Christianity:
  • Introduction – key Christian beliefs
  • Jesus as a role model – teachings of Jesus (Golden Rule etc.)
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Charity
  • Worship and Prayer
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Unit 2: Hinduism
  • Introduction – History of Hinduism
  • Belief in God
  • The Ramayana
  • Divali
  • Worship in the Home
  • The Hindu Temple (Mandir)
  • Reincarnation
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Unit 3: Judaism
  • The chosen people
  • Exodus – the story of Moses
  • Passover
  • The Jewish Prayer and worship
  • The Sabbath
  • Kosher
  • Bar Mitzvah
  • The USA in the 20th Century
  • KS4 Course(s) offered
  • Year 9 and 10 – see CPE
  • Currently there are no GCSE option classes, but core GCSE students study the EDEXCEL course, with a focus on Christianity and Islam.
  • Year 10

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Matters of Life and Death
  • The value of life
  • Christian and Muslim beliefs about abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Christian and Muslim beliefs about euthanasia
  • Life after death
  • Christian and Muslim beliefs about life after death
  • Paranormal experiences
  • The start of Belief in God – see below
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Belief in God
  • Belief and non-belief
  • Christian beliefs about God
  • Religious upbringing
  • Religious experience and miracles
  • Explanations of how the world began
  • Unanswered prayers
  • Evil and suffering
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Marriage and family life
  • Christian and Muslim beliefs about family life
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to divorce
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to sex outside of marriage
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to homosexuality
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to contraception
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Community Cohesion
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to gender equality
  • Challenges of a multi-ethnic society
  • Racism
  • Christian and Muslim views on promoting racial harmony
  • The UK as a multi-faith society
  • Ways that the government promotes community cohesion
  • OCR GCSE Citizenship Studies is offered as a GCSE option, having previously been offered to all students as part of the core Humanities curriculum. There is currently no option class in year 9, but the two year course follows the structure outlined below:

    Year 11

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Why do wars occur?
  • Is it ever right to go to war? Just war theory
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to war
  • Religious organisations promoting peace
  • The UN
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to forgiveness
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to bullying
  • Mock exam revision
  • Environmental and Medical Issues
  • Global warming and pollution
  • Natural resources
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to the environment
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to infertility
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to transplants
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Theories of punishment
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to justice
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to capital punishment
  • Christian and Muslim attitudes to drugs and alcohol
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • The Bible
  • Conscience and situation ethics
  • Christian teachings on moral duties
  • Christians and human rights
  • Why vote and take part in democracy?
  • Genetic engineering and cloning
  • Christian attitudes to genetic engineering and cloning
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Revision
  • Assessment

  • Year 7
  • Produce a web page/poster detailing your beliefs about God and comparing it to others.
  • Essay analysing, comparing, contrasting and evaluating different creations stories. Expressing own viewpoint.
  • Create a poem / piece of artwork to express own views on life after death. Use this and other pieces of artwork to act as a stimulus to explain different beliefs about life after death.
  • Creating an art exhibition to demonstrate different beliefs about life after death.
  • Year 8
  • Essay/extended writing – “Should you always forgive?
  • Extended Homework / Project presentation – Christmas (Suggestion for next year)
  • Levelled answers – Meaning and significance of Easter
  • Christianity Test
  • Designing an Hindu Shrine – explaining the significance of each object
  • Magazine article – what is life like for a Hindu in the UK today?
  • A comparative presentation of the three religions studied throughout the year
  • Year 9 and 10 – See Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics

  • Year 10 GCSE
  • Practice exam section on Matters of life and death
  • Practice exam section on Believing in God
  • Practice exam section on Marriage and the Family
  • Practice exam section on Community Cohesion
  • End of year 10 mock exam
  • Year 11 GCSE
  • Practice exam section on Peace and Conflict
  • Mock exam
  • Practice exam section on Environmental and Medical Issues
  • Practice exam section on Crime and Punishment
  • Practice exam section on Rights and Responsibilities
  • Homework

    In years 7 and 8, homework is set twice per module, which is roughly once every four weeks and is for half an hour.

    In year 9 and 10 CPE, we do not set homework.

    In GCSE Religious Studies, homework is set once per fortnight and is for an hour.

    Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:

    Teaching Staff

    Mr Matthew Whatford, Head of Humanities:
    Ms Sophie Benzie, Head of Media Studies:
    Mrs Nicola Boyd, Head of Geography:
    Mr Gavin Peevers, Assistant Head teacher and Teacher of Humanities:
    Ms Beccy Pook, Teacher of Geography and Humanities:
    Ms Lizzie Green, Teacher of Humanities:


    Need Help?

    Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

    01273 581100