Departments: RE

Our Vision
We believe that the Religious Education department has a vital role to play in Finham Park School's determination to be a leader in learning, achieving excellence in all we do. Learning about and from religion provides invaluable opportunities to reinforce the values debated and agreed by staff, students, parents and governors. These are:

  • Honesty
  • Equality of opportunity
  • A commitment to excellence
  • Trust
  • Mutual respect
  • Compassion
  • Pride
  • High Standards
  • Openness
  • Fairness
  • Work ethic
  • Achievement based on previous, personal best
  • High self-esteem/ self-confidence
  • Health and emotional well-being
  • Ambition
  • Happiness
  • In the light of recent global events, and educational priorities (Citizenship Education, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) we believe that we are ideally placed to play a leading role in the continuing improvement of Finham Park School and to contribute to the life-long learning of students and staff.

    Aims & Objectives

    1. To further develop the knowledge and skills required to understand and engage with the beliefs and practices of people from a variety of religious traditions (Christianity and other principal religions and value systems represented in Great Britain) in an authentic way
    2. To acknowledge and where possible make use of the various backgrounds and world-views of the students
    3. To provide opportunities to encounter and explore a variety of ultimate questions and truth claims that the students see as relevant to their own lives.
    4. To encourage dialogue and reflection through the study of religion

    Each of these aims contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of pupils. They reflect the aims of the Coventry Agreed Syllabus (Revised 2008)

    We plan to meet these aims by:

  • 1. Developing, implementing and reviewing schemes of work that,
    • meet the demands of the Coventry Agreed Syllabus and reflect current developments in religious education
    • provide a variety of learning experiences to meet the needs of all students
    • provide challenge and clear progression
    • make explicit reference to current developments in education (e.g. KS3 strategy)
    • make explicit links across the curriculum (e.g. literacy, Citizenship Education, numeracy)
  • Building links with members of a variety of traditions and their communities
  • Supporting teachers in the development of their subject knowledge
  • 2. Promoting an ethos of mutual respect by,
    • conducting lessons in a secure, supportive and disciplined manner
    • Ensuring equal opportunities
    • setting an example
  • 3. Long, medium and short term planning that exploits opportunities to relate content to the experiences of young people where appropriate
  • Using an introductory Year 7 scheme of work in RE that explores young people's questions and sets the tone for religious studies at FPS
  • Provision of GCSE and A level religious studies, both of which provide many such opportunities
  • 4. Using a variety of strategies, such as stilling and hot-seating
  • Creating an inspiring and comfortable environment
  • Developing an ethos of mutual respect
  • Developing relationships with 'insiders' of religious traditions through visits etc.
  • Key Stage 3
    Students study the six major world religions over the two years of key stage three, as well as exploring major moral issues.

    Key stage 4
    In Key Stage 4 all students take the Edxecel GCSE Full Course in Religious Studies. Students also have the option of choosing to take the OCR GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics.

    Key Stage 5
    The RE department offers the increasingly popular OCR A Level in Philosophy and Ethics which is taught by Mrs Kendall and Ms Madden.


    RE Department KS3/4 Long Term Plan 2016-18


    Year 7

    Year 8

    Autumn 1


    Intro to RE - A unit of work designed to look at the nature of faith and what it means to be religious. The question "Why do we study RE?" is also considered.

    Life of Siddhartha Gautama - A look at the religion of Buddhism, its beliefs and teachings as well as its relevance for todays society

    Autumn 2


    Big Questions - An introduction to philosophy looking at some of life's ultimate questions from a variety of view points

    Civil Rights - This unit focuses on what human rights are and how religion has inspired people like Martin Luther King and Gandhi to campaign for equal right for all.

    Spring 1


    Religion, Sport and Leisure - A look at the impact of faith on sportspeople and on how people use their leisure time

    Islam - A foundation for GCSE RS

    Spring 2


    Jesus - Magician or Miracle worker? - Focus on the life of Jesus and the Easter Story.

    Where is God? Focus on Genocide and the impact on Judaism as a religion

    Summer 1


    NATRE - Spirited Arts Project - Popular and thought provoking, this competition allows students to express their ideas using art.

    Religion and the Media -How is religion portrayed in the media? A unit of work looking at breaking down stereotypes and looking at whether the medias portrayal of religion is fair and accurate



    NATRE - Spirited Arts Project - After looking a topics students are selected to compete nationally in this competition

    Bruce Almighty - How is God portrayed in the media? A contemporary film study comparing the Judaeo Christian concept of God with how God is portrayed in the film.


    Key Stage Four - All students in Yr 11 follow the Edexcel Short Course: Religion and Life. Students study Christianity and Islam. Students in Yr 10 follow the Edexcel Full Course specification - Religion and Life and Religion and Society, with a focus on Christianity and Islam. Students also have the option to study GCSE Philosophy and Ethics which follows the OCR exam board specification. For all of our GCSE courses students are welcome to answer exam questions based on their own faith position and will be fully supported in terms of resources and revision material.


    KS4 Non Examined Long Term Plan 2016-2018


    Year 9 - The Only Way is Ethics

    Year 10 - World in Conflict

    Year 11 - Spiritual You

    Autumn Term

    Marriage and Family Life

    War - What is it Good For?


    Spring Term

    Religion and the Media

    The Holocaust - Where was God?

    Rights and Responsibilities

    Summer Term

    Medical Ethics


    Religious Experience

    GCSE Religious Studies WJEC Long Term Plan 2016-2018


    Year 9

    Year 10

    Year 11

    Autumn Term 1

    Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings

    Issues of Life and Death

    Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings

    Autumn Term 2

    Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings

    Issues of Good and Evil

    Christianity - Practices

    Spring Term 1

    Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings

    Issues of Relationships

    Hinduism - Beliefs and Teachings

    Spring Term 2

    Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings

    Issues of Relationships

    Hinduism - Practices

    Summer Term 1

    Issues of Good and Evil

    Issues of Human Rights


    Summer Term 2

    Issues of Good and Evil

    Revision/Issues of Human Rights


    Head of Faculty: Ms Madden
    Subject leader: Ms Madden
    Miss Hirst
    Mrs Kendall
    Ms Lucas
    Mrs Nash
    Ms Baker
    Mr Ratcliffe