Religious studies

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Our learning


Religious Studies is taught by 6 teachers Ms K Adjei (Teacher in Charge), Mr B Galoria, Ms S Miah, Ms R Loveday- Jones, Ms J Moore and Ms J Kiyemba.


Vision and aims

Religion has always been with us. Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilisations and cultures. Religion has always been a gateway to learning. Technology and science have changed our view of the world, nevertheless religion is still powerful and persistent, and it shows no signs of disappearing. It provokes sincere commitment, eloquent expression, direct action, and intense debate. It provides the opportunity to understand self.


Our aim is to develop well balanced and tolerant citizens aware of the benefits of a diverse, religious and secular community and achieve academic success. Our aim is for every child to leave Cumberland school with a qualification in Religious Studies.  The department’s objective is to increase the number of students achieving an A* - C grade at GCSE and to increase the number of educational visits to enhance students awareness of religion within the community.


Religious Studies and the wider community

Pupils’ contribute to Religious Studies and the wider community in a number of ways, including:


  • Year 9 and KS4 pupils involved in the Newham Student RE Matters
  • Pupil voice continues to inform decisions made with regards to the curriculum and how pupils are taught.
  • The department encourages pupils to consider local charities and pupils have been donating money towards a local hospice.
  • Pupils consider their personal roles in the school, community and globally
  • Pupils look at international and local charities


Religious Studies and Personal, Social, Spiritual and Economic Wellbeing

In RS pupils also develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their economic wellbeing, including:


  • Opportunities for reflection and introspection
  • Foster empathy, equality, objectivity, respect and team building
  • KS3 Pupils study responses of faith to money, wealth and responsibility
  • KS4 Pupils study religious ideas and responses to wealth poverty and economic well- being.
  • RS teaches key skills of communication, problem solving and use ICT as a learning tool.
  • Teachers constantly refer to the work environment when discussing issues
  • Teachers and students discuss the ethics of the workplace, moral and immoral occupations



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The Religious Studies curriculum

 All students at The Cumberland School follow the Newham agreed syllabus. At KS3 students have a one hour lesson each week.


The Religious Studies Curriculum in Year 7

  1. Belonging
  2. Religious Festivals
  3. Beliefs about God
  4. Struggle for equality
  5. Pilgrimage


The Religious Studies Curriculum in Year 8

  1. Religion and conflict
  2. Environment and stewardship
  3. Religious leaders
  4. End of life
  5. Eastern Religions


Religious studies curriculum in year 9

This year forms the foundation for the 2016 GCSE specification


Islam: Beliefs, practices and sources of authority

Christianity: Beliefs practices and sources of authority



Pupils follow OCR Religious Studies GCSE specification B Philosophy and Applied Ethics


Pupils will study RS for 1 hour a week and complete the following units:

Ethics 1

  • Religion poverty and wealth
  • Religion and Human relationships
  • Religion and Medical ethics


Ethics 2

  • Religion and equality
  • Religion and the media
  • Religion peace and justice


Philosophy 1

  • Beliefs about deity
  • Religious and Spiritual Experience


Philosophy 2

  • Religion Reason and Revelation
  • Religion and Science


Each of the four units of the GCSE is worth 25% of the final marks of the overall qualification.



Our department uses a variety of strategies to assess pupil progress.  These include end of unit assessments, end of year exams, verbal and diagnostic marking with targets for future improvement. Students use peer and self- assessment to monitor progress in Religious Studies. Teachers and pupils set targets that are monitored each term



At key stage 3 students will complete two independent learning projects each year.  At key stage 4 homework will be set every two weeks to consolidate class learning and develop key skills for Religious Studies.





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