What is our vision in Religion and philosophy? 

Religion and Philosophy (RP) lessons at Oathall 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. RP provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RP students learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Students here are equipped with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. We aim to develop in students an aptitude for dialogue; so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews. Students learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

Religion and Philosophy curriculum learning journey


Religion and philosophy at KS3

In Year 7, students have an introductory unit, where they look at world religions in general and the origins of these.  They move on to see how faith and spirituality can be expressed through art.  They then have an introduction to philosophy, leading on to the various non-religious worldviews that many people today share, such as Humanism and finish the year in a n academic study of Christianity. 

In Year 8, students begin the year finding out about people who have put their faith into action in positive ways around the world, leading onto an in depth study of Sikhism and Islam. They finish the year with philosophy and ethics units, building on from the previous year.

In Year 9, students begin the year thinking about evil and suffering and how religious people deal with these ideas with respect to the nature of God. They then delve further into philosophy and explore medical ethics and religious belief.  They complete year 9 with a unit on peace and conflict and an in depth study of Buddhism in preparation for the Religious Studies GCSE option. 

Religion and philosophy learning grid in Y7

Religion and philosophy learning grid in Y8

Religion and philosophy learning grid in Y9


Support for students 

Reading lists, library books, super curriculum, debating clubs. 

BBC ethics and morality 

BBC Bitesize

Knowledge section of RE online site

RP Super Curriculum 


Religion and philosophy at KS4

GCSE Religious Studies

GCSE students carry out a study of Christianity and Buddhism, learning about their beliefs and practices. Four different philosophical and ethical topics are also studied which includes Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment, Human Rights and lastly, Medical Ethics. Assessment is via two 1 hour 45 min exams. The exam board taken is AQA GCSE Religious Studies A.

Religion and philosophy learning grid in Y10

Religion and philosophy learning grid in Y11


Extended Learning Opportunities in Religion and philosophy

In RP, students can get involved in a number of extended learning opportunities around school.  For example, working on the wellbeing student team, school council, debating club to name a few. 

In enrichment week there are two RP days planned each year – usually a visit to the Brighton Buddhist Centre and a Yoga and mindfulness workshop in school. 


Further Education & Career Pathways in Religion and philosophy


Useful revision websites

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A

School Made Revision Site for RP Link

BBC Bitesize

Bible Gateway – Good News Translation: https://www.biblegateway.com/


How can parents and carers support learning?  

At Key Stage 3 parents can help by discussing the issues and topics we learn about in RP.  Many of these topics will be reflected in the wider world, in the news and in TV programmes. We encourage debate and discussion so parents can help by asking students what they are learning, and by asking them to explain the various religious, philosophical or ethical viewpoints on the issues.

At KS4 GCSE RS, in addition to the above, parents can purchase the revision guide as well as looking through the exam website with their children. Engaging in dialogue about the subject content is the best way to help students of RP.

Marking & Assessment Protocol in Religion and philosophy 


Keyword list 

KS3 RP vocab list

AQA link for GCSE RE Buddhism and Christianity Key words

AQA link for GCSE RE Themes Paper