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Religious Education

Vision Statement:

Religious Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something more accessible. Our vision is to enable students to develop enquiring minds and a love of learning. Religious Education develops in us a perspective of looking at life and an empathy for others. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life so that we can become an integral part of a multi faith and multi-cultural society.

Staffing and Role:

Mrs Brooker Head of RE
Ms Swan Teacher of RE

Curriculum in detail - KS3

All students in years 7 and 8 have one lesson of Religious Education a week and will study a unit of work every half term, covering a variety of themes, concepts and traditions/cultures of religion as shown below:

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7

Introductory Unit

  • Religion
  • Sacred
  • Symbol

What does it mean to live a life as a Christian?

  • Agape
  • God
  • Church

Can mediation help people overcome suffering?

  • Suffering (Dukkah)
  • Community (Sangha)
  • Enlightenment
Year 8

Inspirational People

  • Community
  • Justice
  • Hope

Christianity II

  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Atonement

What does it mean to be a Muslim in the UK today?

  • Peace (Islam)
  • Community (Umma)
  • Struggle (Jihad) 

Students following Living Difference III, the agreed RE syllabus

Living Difference III is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. It builds on an approach to religious education, enriched by philosophical and theological enquiry, as well as current research, used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004. Living Difference III is evidence of the ongoing, fruitful partnership between Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, and now the Isle of Wight, in relation to religious education.

The approach to Religious Education emphasises a process of enquiry into concepts. Students have the opportunity to respond from their own experience before being introduced to the way others appreciate things. Religious Education offers students the opportunity to live in someone else’s shoes, develop evaluation and reasoning skills and to make a judgement about why something is important for someone else as well as to discern what may be important for themselves. Living Difference III identifies three groups of concepts:

  • concepts common to all people
  • concepts shared by many religions
  • concepts distinctive to particular religions.

Curriculum in detail - GCSE

Students can opt to study GCSE Religious Education (AQA exam board) from Year 9 which is timetabled as 5 lessons per fortnight. There are two areas to learn about in preparation for the GCSE examination. Thematic Studies which covers: Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict, Religion and Life and Relationships and Families and Components which covers: Christian and Islam Beliefs, Teachings and Practices.

Core RE

Alongside the subject’s contribution to pupils’ mental, cognitive and linguistic development, RE offers distinctive opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. RE lessons at Testbourne offer a structured and safe space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate. Lessons also allow for timely and sensitive responses to be made to unforeseen events of a religious, moral or philosophical nature, whether local, national or global.

Our curriculum for Year 10 CORE RE is as follows

Term 1:

  • Concept of evil and suffering including moral and natural evil.
  • How the world was created and how and why suffering exists.

Term 2:

  • Genetic engineering, cloning and Stem Cell research including moral and ethical reasoning as well as religious perspectives towards these concepts.

Term 3:

  • Festivals and miracles whereby a wide variety of festivals will be explored and the rationale and philosophy behind each is explored and discussed. In addition, we explore what constitutes a miracle and how thy may or may not explain phenomenon in the world.


Extra-curricular activities

We offer two debating clubs one for KS3 and one for KS4

Amnesty International club

KS3 and KS4 film clubs where we watch films that support the topics we cover in the syllabus

Further information

For more details, please contact Mrs Brooker, Head of Religious Education, at: