Religious Education

Tor Bridge High
Religious Education - Key Stage 3

Why study RE?

Students will learn about a range of contemporary and historical global issues. This is to help students understand that Humanities has a holistic element to the subjects and also to deepen understanding of how the UK and Plymouth links to the wider world such as discovery and reasons of migration, values of tolerance and freedom & how Plymouth has developed into a truly multi-cultural, multi-faith city.

We study RE to explore what people believe and what differences these make to how they live

We aim to equip all students with the ability to think for themselves as they study philosophical, theological and social issues. To be open minded to other points of view and to identify and challenge misconceptions and prejudice. To have knowledge and understanding of the main beliefs and practises of the main religions in the world today.

We aim to encourage students to be critical thinkers and develop their literacy ability in order to debate controversial issues without causing offense to others. We want students to be inspired by Religious Education, and motivated to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

We want all students to aim high and progress to be the best they can be, whatever their situation or starting point. Academically, by reaching and surpassing their expected banding or grade. Personally, by becoming good, respectful and caring individuals who will continue to be hard working, decent, honest young adults who are well placed to leave the school and make a positive contribution to society.

In Yr7 we focus on the following units:

  • Mayflower 400 thematic
  • What is so radical about Jesus?
  • The Buddha: how and why do his experiences and teachings have meaning for people today?
  • Should religious people be greener than everyone else?


In Yr8 we focus on the following units:

  • How are Sikh teachings on equality and service put into practice today?
  • What is good and what is challenging about being a Muslim teenager in Britain today?
  • How far does it make a difference if you believe in life after death?
  • Religious philosophy

Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments and evaluative pieces of extended writing.

Guest speakers from Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural diversity.

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Tor Bridge High
Religious Education - Key Stage 4

Why study RE?

Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, values and futures. It provides an opportunity for our students to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness. The students also learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others' rights and responsibilities. At a time when communities are becoming more diverse there is an even greater need for a more religiously literate and tolerant society.

Yr9-10 the students cover Christian Beliefs and Practices and compare and contrast with Islamic Beliefs and Practices. There are also thematic studies in Relationship & Families, Social Justice and Human and Religion, Crime & Punishment.

Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams). Extended writing questions to develop their AO2 & AO3 skills. Students sit mock examinations at the end of yr9, in November & March of their Yr10 studies.

Residential opportunity to Holocaust museum and concentration camps. Visits from local Muslim and visit to mosque to discuss beliefs.

Revision guides available for purchase at subsidized rate for the GCSE examinations. The department also supports students with small group and one to one sessions after school to develop examination and coursework skills.