• RE
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  • History-RE1
  • Whole School RE3

Religious Studies

How do you make friends with someone who believes different things to you?
Why does your classmate go to a different church, or temple, or mosque? 
Why don’t they go to a place of worship at all?
What happens when we die? 
Why do some people get angry over abortions, or war, or how we treat animals?


Each of us asks questions like these all the time: with our friends, our families, and when we are on our own. RE lessons at The Urswick School give students lots of opportunities to learn more about these issues, and to discuss and debate them with their teachers and friends.


Students learn about the major world religions, learn how holy books are used to help people today and share and shape their opinions on key world issues. Students will also have the opportunity to share in the whole-school life of the school, through lessons in our new St Augustine’s Chapel as well as regular services at our link church, St John-at-Hackney.


The RE department also facilitates Friday prayers for our Muslim students.


Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 we will familiarise ourselves with the main beliefs of the 6 world religions.


In Year 7, we answer the following questions:

  • What is religion?
  • Who is God?
  • What do we know about the major founders of religions?
  • How do religious rules help believers?

In Year 8 we study Christianity, from the birth of Jesus to the birth of the Church.

We will examine:

  • Palestine at the time Jesus was born
  • Jesus’ birth and life
  • Jesus’ teachings, parables and miracles
  • Holy Week, the Crucifixion and Resurrection
  • The Acts of the Apostles and the early life of the Christian Church 

Key Stage 4

All students will study a full course GCSE in Religious Studies, beginning in Year 9, using AQA’s Specification B syllabus. The course involves 2 units of study, each assessed by a single examination.

In Religion and Morality, students look at

  • Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment
  • Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse
  • Religious Attitudes to the Rich and Poor in UK Society
  • Religious Attitudes to World Poverty

 In Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions, students look at a selection of topics from:

  • The Existence of God
  • Miracles
  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering
  • Immortality
  • Science and Religion

In this course, students will learn how to express their opinions in valid argument, and how to use the Bible and Quran to support their opinions, and explain how religious believers form their moral codes. Students in this course should come expecting heated debate, and be ready to fight for their opinions: don’t expect the person sitting next to you to agree with anything you say!