Religious Studies

crossRS at Lowton CofE High School helps to prepare students for living in modern day Britain. We are a global community and it is important that we understand different backgrounds, traditions and religious beliefs from across the world. RS helps overcome prejudices and negative stereotypes; it promotes tolerance, understanding and celebrates our diverse community.

Religious Studies provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Religious Studies at Lowton CofE High School prepares students for adult living. It is essential that students are able to understand different beliefs, values and traditions of world religions and be able to express their own views clearly and coherently.


Religious Studies Policy

Subject Key Aims

To learn about the beliefs, teaching and sources of authority in the major religions. To understand religious practices and ways of life.

To understand that religious beliefs can help develop a sense of identity. To appreciate that individuals and cultures express meaning in different forms.

To explore the concepts of meaning, purpose and truth. Students will learn about different responses to philosophical and ethical issues.

To support students in becoming informed citizens exploring current issues on a local, national and global scale and enable them to form their own opinions in a supportive environment.

To explore issues related to sexual relationships and drug and alcohol abuse.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7:

Christianity – who was Jesus?

What does it mean to be a Muslim?

What does it mean to be a Christian?

How do Christians put their faith into action?

What does it mean to be Hindu?

Year 8:

What does it mean to be a Sikh?

What do Christians believe God is like?

Why are there good and bad people?

How do people and communities live together?

Why did Jesus have to die?

What does it mean to be Jewish?

Key Stage 4 GCSE

All students study GCSE Religious Studies Specification A (AQA)

Students will sit their GCSE qualification at the end of Year 10.


  • Religion (50%) – Christianity (25%) and Judaism (25%)
  • Thematic Studies (50%) – Religion and Families, Religion and Life Religion, Crime and Punishment Religion and Human Rights

Students will complete two examinations at the end of Year 10.  Each examination will last one hour and 45 minutes

Year 9 RS GCSE Year 10
  • Theme F: Human Rights
  • Christian Beliefs
  • Christian Practices
  • Theme E: Crime and Punishment
  • Christian Church in the world
  • Theme A; Relationships and Families
  • Jewish Beliefs
  • Theme B: Life
  • Jewish Practices

Once the examination has been sat pupils at the end of Year 10 and in Year 11 will complete the SMSC Personal Development curriculum that includes topics on the following:

Work related learning – Careers

Study Skills

Sex and Relationships

Values for living

Contemporary Issues in Britain

Health and Wellbeing

Please contact Mrs Shaw on 01942 767040 to discuss anything further regarding our school curriculum.

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