Religious Education

All of our RE staff are graduates of Religious Studies and as such are passionate about this subject. We offer an unbiased approach to the study of religion as we are keen to allow our students to be open minded and free to question issues and beliefs as we present them. Boldon Colliery is considered to be less ethnically diverse than the UK average and therefore, we feel it is vital to introduce students to the many differences within wider society and to teach them how to appreciate and celebrate them. 

In year 7 and 8 students will explore ideas about the importance of learning RE in schools, belief in God, and aspects from world religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. We find our students are intrigued by the Eastern cultures and fascinated by the bright vibrant images and philosophy. At Boldon we encourage collaborative learning and healthy debate within lessons. As a department we have an extensive range of artefacts which can be handled by the students, enhancing learning, provoking questioning and giving students access to a more real experience.  

We feel real experiences are so important to our students that as a department we offer an annual trip to Poland where we will visit Auschwitz and meet directly with a camp survivor who shares their story. This has a profound impact on our students and is an experience they will always remember. We are always so proud of how our students approach this event with sensitivity and maturity. 

Boldon is one of a few local schools who offer RE at GCSE because we do see the value in this for our students. We are equipping them with an understanding of other people which can only enhance their future lives no matter what they decide to do post Boldon. Our students are exposed to so much on social media, from, terrorism, animal cruelty complex relationships, crime and gender issues to name but a few. RE tackles these issues head on and provides students with a safe environment to explore their own views and ask questions. 

RE provides space and opportunity for self-reflection in a way no other academic subject allows.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Half Term 1

Introduction to RE, Symbolism, Importance of RE.

Life after death

Introduction to Judaism

Component 1 Christian Beliefs

Component 1: Buddhist or Jewish Beliefs

Half Term 2

Does God exist and can we prove it?

Life after death

Religion Peace and war

Theme A: Religion and Relationships

Component 1 Buddhist or Jewish Practices

Half Term 3

Does God exist and can we prove it?

Buddhism: The life of the Buddha

Religion Peace and war

Theme A: Religion and Relationships

Revision

Half Term 4

Does God exist and can we prove it /Hinduism

Buddhism: Teachings and Beliefs

Religion crime and punishment

Component 1: Christian Practices

Revision

Half Term 5

Hinduism

Moral Issues 1: Animal Rights

Religion crime and punishment

Theme B: Religion and Life

Exams

Half Term 6

Hinduism

Moral Issues 2: The Environment

Religion crime and punishment

Theme B: Religion and Life

Exams


Year 7

Half Term 1

Introduction to RE, Symbolism, Importance of RE.

Half Term 2

Does God exist and can we prove it?

Half Term 3

Does God exist and can we prove it?

Half Term 4

Does God exist and can we prove it /Hinduism

Half Term 5

Hinduism

Half Term 6

Hinduism


Year 8

Half Term 1

Life after death

Half Term 2

Life after death

Half Term 3

Buddhism: The life of the Buddha

Half Term 4

Buddhism: Teachings and Beliefs

Half Term 5

Moral Issues 1: Animal Rights

Half Term 6

Moral Issues 2: The Environment


Year 9

Half Term 1

Introduction to Judaism

Half Term 2

Religion Peace and war

Half Term 3

Religion Peace and war

Half Term 4

Religion crime and punishment

Half Term 5

Religion crime and punishment

Half Term 6

Religion crime and punishment


Year 10

Half Term 1

Component 1 Christian Beliefs

Half Term 2

Theme A: Religion and Relationships

Half Term 3

Theme A: Religion and Relationships

Half Term 4

Component 1: Christian Practices

Half Term 5

Theme B: Religion and Life

Half Term 6

Theme B: Religion and Life


Year 11

Half Term 1

Component 1: Buddhist or Jewish Beliefs

Half Term 2

Component 1 Buddhist or Jewish Practices

Half Term 3

Revision

Half Term 4

Revision

Half Term 5

Exams

Half Term 6

Exams