Subject Information


Religious Studies

"Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be crititical and evaluate what you believe in" - Aristotle 

RS at Twickenham School is the study of religion designed and centred around our students.

We recognise the importance of inclusive, rigorous and relevant content, which can help students develop acquire a better understanding of the role that different religions and cultures play in today’s pluralistic and increasingly globalised world.


The Religious Studies department has a clear ethos and intent to:

  • build on prior learning in key stages 1 and 2 in order to develop a life-long enthusiasm for learning about religion
  • develop a passion for learning about the main World religions, as well as philosophial & ethical issues, to help students compare, contrast and reflect on their own reflections of society and worship.
  • teach a full GCSE course for those who choose the popular AQA RS Option
  • encourage all students to consider further study of Religious Studies and entry to related careers post-16 and beyond
  • develop students’ interest of the impact of Religious expression in the wider world through activities such as visits from external organisations, Key note speakers, online conferences, visits to places of worship and house based whole school competitions.
  • provide half termly linked calendar and issue based religious reflection for KS4 students who have not taken the RS GCSE Option
  • provide Master Learner drop down Religious Studies workshops discovering and discussing cultural and religious expression topics for all Year groups in school.

Implementation - curriculum sequence

Year  Autumn HT1 Autumn HT2 Spring HT1 Spring HT2 Summer HT1 Summer HT2

World’s Religions Intro

Buddhism - History and belief

  • Key beliefs
  • Leaders
  • Festivals

Sikhism - History and belief

  • Key beliefs
  • Leaders
  • Festivals

Inspirational People

  • Sporting Heros
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Malala
  • NHS Heroes

Christianity - History and belief

  • Key beliefs
  • Leaders
  • Festivals


Islam - History and belief

  • Key beliefs
  • Leaders
  • Festivals

Hinduism - History and belief

  • Key beliefs
  • Leaders
  • Festivals



Community cohesion

  • Sense of belonging
  • Sexism
  • Multi ethnic UK


Prejudice & Discrimination

  • Racism
  • What does it mean to be British?

Good & Evil

  • Moral & natural evil
  • Suffering & God

Animal Rights

  • Animals for entertainment
  • Religious views
  • Endangered species

How did we get here and how will the world end?

  • Creation around the world
  • Scientific news
  • How will the world end?

Rites of Passage

  • Birth
  • Coming of age
  • Marriage
  • Death



How can religion guide Relationships and family roles

  • Relationships
  • Religius atitudes to sex
  • Contraception
  • Sexuality

Medical Ethics

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Organ Donation

Peace & Conflict

  • Intro to GCSE RS
  • Why wars occur 
  • Terrorism
  • Victims of war

Wealth and Poverty

  • Absolute and relative poverty
  • Worldwide poverty
  • UK poverty

Philosophical thinking 

  • Reality
  • Senses
  • Plato
  • God's existence
  • Moral dilemas

Alternative Religions

  • alternative religions not normally studied Eg Zoroastrianism and Scientology


Crime & Punishment


Christian beliefs

Nature of God


Christian beliefs

Life & Death of Jesus


Religion & Life


Islamic beliefs

Nature of God


Islamic Beliefs

Prophets & sources of authority



Peace & conflict


Christian practices


Islamic practices 


Human rights & social justice

KS4 RS Revision & Exam


The RS department study the AQA specification, which can be found here:

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