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Religious Studies

Curriculum Intent

The aim of the Religious Studies Department at Copley Academy is to help students to understand the importance of Religious Studies, both as an academic discipline within the school curriculum, and as an important foundation stone for living a productive and successful life beyond their life in compulsory education. The specific aims of the Religious Studies department at Copley are threefold:

1.  Firstly, students should view Religious Studies as an engaging, important and interesting subject. All teachers within the department are passionate about the study of Religions and the value it brings to living in an inclusive society, and we want students to match this passion, generating an interest in Religious Studies that will remain with them for life.

2.  Secondly, we aim to transmit knowledge and understanding of the past and present, both within the UK and the wider world. Students should have an understanding of how the world we live in has been shaped by religion and how, for many people, this still plays and important part of their daily lives. We want our students to understand how religion has helped to shape the world and how, in the future, it will continue to shape the lives of millions of people around the world.

3.  Finally, it is our aim that students continuously develop life skills such as reading, thinking, evaluating, analysing, empathising and communicating, in order to help them to lead healthy and productive lives as well rounded members of society.


Curriculum Content


Year 7

This academic year covers a range of topics including an “Introduction to Religious Studies”, where students study some basic ideas and concepts linked to religion, before moving on to look at “Who am I?”. In this unit, students think about what makes them who they are and the impact of religion on other people’s lives. We then move onto “An Introduction to Christianity”, where we study aspects of Jesus’ life and some of the key features of Christianity. We finish the year by studying “Hindu belief” and the impact this has on a Hindu, and how their beliefs help to shape their lives.

Year 8

This academic year covers a range of topics including “Belief in Judaism”, where students are introduced to key concepts linked to Judaism and the impact this has on shaping a believer’s life. Pupils then move on to study a contemporary and moral issue related to “The Environment” and the impact that human existence has on it; what religion can do to help and what we ourselves can do to try and address the ever growing concern about the damage being done to the environment. Pupils then move onto study a unit entitled “Belief in Christianity Part I”. This topic introduces the development of the Church of England and rites of passage associated with Christianity, such a Baptism, weddings and funerals. Pupils complete the Year, by studying a unit called “Belief in Sikhism”. Again we introduce the key concepts linked to Sikhism; and how the impact of Sikhs’ beliefs help to shape a Sikh’s life.

Year 9

This academic year covers a range of topics including “Belief in Islam”, which introduces key concepts linked to Islam and how Islam shapes a person’s life. We then move on to study “Belief in Buddhism”. Again, this unit introduces key concepts linked to Buddhism and the impact these have on shaping a Buddhist’s life. We then move onto explore “Belief in Christianity Part 2”, focussing on aspects linked to the death and resurrection of Jesus, through a CSI investigation. We complete KS3, by exploring contemporary and Moral Issues, where students choose an issue from a range given and then research that to be able to complete a presentation about their issue to the rest of the class.

Year 10

RS is a non-GCSE based subject, with no exam or qualification. The lessons are taught fortnightly. During this academic year, students cover a range of topics including “Religion and Medicine” and “Influential Religious people”. In the Religion and medicine topic, students look at a range of contemporary and moral issues linked to medicine, both from a secular and religious point of view. For example: Sanctity of life, Abortion and Euthanasia. For key aspects, students will consider and compare and contrast two different religious perspectives on the issues.  In the unit entitled “Influential Religious people”, students will research independently a religious person who’s life has had a positive impact on society and who has helped to support others.


Suggested Websites

bbc religions of the world.

Enrichment Opportunities

Pupils will be given opportunities to examine artefacts related to different religions

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