Religious Studies

Aims of religious studies

Cathedral Academy is a Church of England academy.

The pathway that students follow annually is shaped by an initial baseline assessment, which scores student’s prior understanding of religion based on the Key Stage Two outcomes identified by the Church of England in Understanding Christianity. Each unit in Phase 1 is an extended enquiry, which students tackle over a series of lessons to ensure that students have a deep understanding of key content.

To achieve our aims we have broken our scheme of work down to ensure we include:

  • Clear links to the Understanding Christianity syllabus.
  • Modelling and analysis of religious literacy through carefully selected sources of wisdom.
  • A focus on wider world links for application.

The curriculum

All students in years 7-11 study a core RE programme (except CAPA Juniors in Y11). The programme comprises the teachings of a variety of religions and links to wider topics which broaden students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.

Phase One

At Phase 1 we aim to provide students with a basic understanding of the Abrahamic faiths whilst challenging students with key content from Understanding Christianity. Year 7 is designed to reinforce and enhance students understanding of religion whilst Year 8 allows students to study key themes such as life and death, peace and conflict and ethical decisions.

  Year 7 Year 8
Term 1 Understanding Christianity 1 Stewardship or Dominion?
Term 2 Understanding Christianity 2 Is there Justice?
Term 3 People of God Ethics
Term 4 Understanding Islam 1 What kind of world did Jesus want?
Term 5 Understanding Islam 2 Peace and Conflict
Term 6 Religious – a force for good Prevent

Phase Two

In Phase Two, all students completed the Edexcel GCSE short course in Religious Studies (B), in one lesson per week. Students who choose RS as an option complete the full course, receiving additional lessons each week in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies B

Students complete the following units as part of the short course:

  • Paper One: Religion and Ethics (Christianity)
    • Beliefs
    • Marriage and the Family
  • Paper Two: Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam)
    • Beliefs
    • Crime and Punishment

Students who have opted to complete the full course complete the units below, in addition to the short course content:

  • Paper One: Religion and Ethics (Christianity)
    • Living the Religious Life
    • Matters of Life and Death
  • Paper Two: Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam)
    • Living the Religious Life
    • Peace and Conflict

Wider academy life

The academy values of Empathy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility play an integral part in the curriculum for life programme and all students and staff take part in a daily 2 minute silent reflection, aimed to provide space and time for thinking and reflecting on a world event.

These values are underpinned by annual whole school events such as the whole school act of remembrance, the Wakefield Cathedral visit and Easter service. These events also reflect the academy’s religious ethos.