Religious Education

Mr J Spencer

Head of Religious Education

Mrs S Valleley

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs M Sargent

Teaching & Learning Lead



Students studying RS will extend their thinking and analytical skills and enhance their creative, imaginative and emotional abilities. It equips our students with the essential tools, attitudes and qualities to enable them to function both effectively and efficiently as responsible, tolerant citizens in the 21st century.

In the religious studies department we seek to educate not indoctrinate. We support students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Each student progressively develops the capacity to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions studied. Students are asked to respond to other people’s life experiences and consider their own perspective on the learning and experiences they encounter. There is a strong emphasis on creating opportunities for fun in learning as a key guiding ethos within the department.

KS3 Overview

Religious Education at The Hamble School follows the conceptual approach as outlined in the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus for RE ‘- ‘Living Difference’. Religious education plays a crucial role in supporting students develop their own understanding of moral, ethical and spiritual principles.

Throughout year 7 pupils will investigate the religion of Christianity and explore its relevance in the modern world. They will study key Christian beliefs and practices as well as exploring rites of passage. In the final term, pupils will investigate the work of Christian charities such as Christian Aid and look at the role Christianity plays within their local community. They will evaluate the usefulness of religion in the UK today.

Through year 8 pupils will investigate the religion of Islam and explore 5 key principles – the 5 pillars of Islam. They will study key Islamic beliefs and practices and reflect on the role religion can play in a person’s day to day living. They will evaluate the value of a religious faith to an individual believer.

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Year 7 - RE KS3 Overview


Year 8 - RE KS3 Overview

KS4 Overview

Students at KS4 achieve well at The Hamble School with results consistently above national average.

Students who opt to take GCSE Religious Studies follow the AQA Specification A which is split into two exams; religions and thematic studies.

  • Religions: Pupils study both Christianity and Islam. They will investigate key beliefs and practices and will use their knowledge gained in KS3 to solidify their understanding of these two religions.
  • Thematic Studies: Pupils study the following 4 themes and investigate each issue from both a Christian and Islamic view point.
  • Relationship and Families: Sexuality, marriage, contraception, divorce and gender equality.
  • Religion and Life: Origins of the universe, use and abuse of the environment, abortion, euthanasia, death and the afterlife.
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment: reasons for crime, aims of punishment, treatment of criminals, forgiveness and the death penalty.
  • The Existence of God and Revelation: design and first cause arguments, miracles, arguments for and against the existence of God, revelation and enlightenment.

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Year 9 - RE KS4 Overview


Year 10 - RE KS4 Overview


Year 11 - RE KS4 Overview

Revision Guides

  • CPG GCSE Religious Studies AQA A Revision Guide
  • Oxford AQA Religious Studies A Christianity
  • Oxford AQA Religious Studies A Islam

Useful Websites

The AQA Religious Studies A web based materials are found here:

Other useful websites are as follows:

Intervention to ensure success; Intervention for success at GCSE level in the form of individual coaching is available from Year 10 for students who require support with any aspect of their GCSE studies by talking to their subject teacher. Structured intervention on examination technique is available from February half-term in Year 11 for students on a weekly basis.

Career Opportunities

Religious Studies encourages a number of skills which are useful in many fields, developing particularly the following skills:

  • clear and logical thinking
  • research skills
  • planning and organising
  • evaluation of ideas
  • applying abstract ideas to the world
  • an ability to empathise and understand conflict
  • problem-solving skills
  • understanding of the impact of conflicting ideologies
  • an appreciation of human diversity, different belief structures, social, cultural and spiritual experiences

These skills are particularly useful for future careers in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration, the civil service, public services such as nursing or the police, or the media.