Religious Education

Meet the department


Mrs C Pollard Curriculum Leader
Mrs T Cripps Assistant Headteacher / Lay Chaplain
Mrs L Musker Teacher
Mrs M Babu Teacher
Mr J Wright Teacher / Headteacher
Mrs E Humphrey Teacher
Mrs M Almeida Teacher

Subject Overview

This image captures well our vision for RE at Bishop Challoner; as we invite our students to ‘Come and See’ what religious beliefs and practices contain.

As teachers of Religious Studies, we regard ourselves as dealers in hope; a hope which is vital for our future generation who face uncertainty and ever-shifting cultural values. We try to raise their vision as individuals, to believe in themselves and dream big. We challenge our pupils to consider a sometimes counter-cultural/ alternative message and offer them space to gain perspective on life’s Big Questions.

There is much to be learned not just about but also from other world religions. In a multi-faith society, it is essential to equip our students with knowledge and understanding of other major beliefs. This will enable them to grow in understanding and respect for our global human community; all equally made in the image and likeness of God.

All RE is taught in the context of Gospel values; loving God and others.

Religious Education helps develop a holistic understanding of religion – the GCSE exam explores religion and practice in the 21st Century and encourages students to reflect on and engage with fundamental questions. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, ensuring readiness for  AS and A level Religious Studies/ Philosophy and Ethics.

Through studying RE, students will learn about the spiritual aspects of all life and gain understanding about relationships with other people. They may become more appreciative of others and be able to understand another person’s motives, ideas and beliefs. Students will examine important issues affecting people throughout the world and issues that may impact their lives also.

Religious Education has many transferable skills which can be used in other areas of study and in a wide variety of career opportunities. All Colleges and many employers regard these skills as highly valuable.

Click or tap here to see the Learning Journey

Curriculum Map

Year Y7 Y8 Y9
Autumn I Welcome to RE at BC

·         Welcome to RE at BC

·        Does God exist? What is the Word of God?


The History of Christianity (Part 1)

·         Pentecost and the early Church

·         History of Christianity – From Celts to the Reformation

·         Hinduism

·      Beliefs and Practices of      Hinduism

Autumn II God revealed in the Bible

·         How is God revealed in the Bible?

·         The Story of Salvation

·         OT Prophecies/Prophecies about Jesus fulfilled

The History of Christianity (Part 2)

·         History of Christianity – Part 2

·         Ecumenism today

The Dignity of the Human Person

·         Catholic Social Teaching

·         The Search for love/ love, honour and cherish.

Spring I Jesus-who do you say He is?

·         Did Jesus exist?

·         Holy Week and exploring the meaning of Redemption


Building the Kingdom of God

·         Study of Saints

·         Saint Oscar Romero

·         Sacrament of Reconciliation

Intro to GCSE/ Judaism Beliefs
Spring II Jesus the Jew

·         Life and teachings

·         Jesus in conflict

·         Key miracles and parables


Establishing the Kingdom of God today

·         The cost of discipleship today/Key Christian teachings

·         Hierarchy of the Church/Models of Church today

·         CAFOD and Lent

Judaism Beliefs
Summer I Christianity today

·         Relationships and sex education

·         Jesus in art

·         Science and Religion

·         Creation and stewardship

Created and chosen

·         Created and Chosen

·          Sikhism ( 8 lessons)

Judaism Practices
Summer II Judaism (8 lessons)



Islam Judaism Practices


For each of our major topics in Years 7 and 8, there will be an assessment at the end, accompanied by a learning ladder. Learning ladders are given to students prior to these assessments so that revision and preparation can be finely focused.

Year Y10 Y11
Autumn  I Creation unit – interpretations of Genesis / science/ stewardship Eschatology unit – The Four last things/ Last Judgement/ Cosmic Reconciliation/ Funerals.
Autumn  II Incarnation unit – birth accounts/ sacraments/ abortion/ moral teachings Religions, Relationships and Family unit – theology of the Body/ family planning/ Gender/ divorce, marriage and annulment.
Spring I Triune God unit – Mystery of the Trinity/ Baptism/ Music and Prayer Religion, human rights and social justice unit – Human rights/ wealth and poverty/ prejudice and discrimination/ charity Y11 Mock exam
Spring II Redemption unit – meaning of Christ’s death, Resurrection & Ascension/ Eucharist/ conscience Revision
Summer I Church and the Kingdom of God unit – Drama, mission and evangelism, vocation, Vatican II, Pilgrimage Revision/Final Exam
Summer II  

Exam Technique/Revision/Year 10 Mock

Keystage 4: Religious Studies GCSE

Exam Board


GCSE Religious Studies AQA Spec B

(Paper 1), 1 hour 45 mins

50% Catholic Christianity 25% Judaism (Beliefs and Practices)

(Paper 2), 1 hour 45 mins

25% Themes (Religion, Relationships and Families and Religion, Human rights and social justice).


Due to the extensive content of the GCSE, students begin their GCSE course in the January of Y9.


Extra Curricular Opportunities

– Monday lunchtimes: the Debate Club in RE2 at 1.35 – 2.00

– For Year 8:  SVP B-attitude (faith and social action programme)

For Year 11: Philosophy Club: runs from January

Faith in Action Award

Helpful websites


Explaining Christianity

BBC Bitesize

The Bible Project


Revision videos for GCSE from Mr McMillan:



Revision website on aspects of Judaism and Jewish beliefs:


To explore Catholic Christianity

Busted Halo

For further information on the curriculum please email

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