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Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to pupils' learning by enabling them to reflect upon themselves as whole people, experiencing life through the body, the mind and the spirit. The purpose of Religious Education is to help pupils to understand the significance of religion and its contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Our curriculum follows the Bolton Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. In Year 7 & 8 pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism. In Year 9 pupils’ curriculum deals with differing religious and non-religious responses to Big Questions and Moral Issues.  In Years 10 & 11 pupils follow a GCSE full course specification. Pupils are always encouraged to reflect and to develop their own beliefs and values and to develop key skills.  teaching and learning in Religious Education is designed to help and support pupils’ Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development as well as their subject knowledge.

Citizenship at Smithills School

In addition to the Citizenship learning during Session Zero, pupils in years 7-9 take part in a Citizenship Conferences to help build their knowledge of their rights and responsibilities and enable them to become good citizens of the world. 


The Year 7 Conference looks at the importance of Active Citizenship and how it can make a difference to our communities, country and the world.


The Year 8 Conference teaches pupils about voting, democracy and the influence of pressure groups.


The Year 9 Conference deals with issues surrounding crime, punishment and justice.

Curriculum Enrichment

Pupils at Smithills School recently had the opportunity to create a masterpiece that showed their understanding of what the universe may have looked like after the Big Bang.  Pupils received training from a graffiti artist. 

GCSE Religious Studies

All pupils study for a GCSE in Religious Studies


We follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification B Beliefs in Action.


An example of a lesson will be attached shortly


Pupils will complete a Full course Study of two religions split 50/50 and will sit two GCSE exam papers at the end of year 11.  

Paper 1 - Religion and Ethics 

Students must study all four content sections based upon Christianity 

● Beliefs ● Marriage and the Family ● Living the Religious Life ● Matters of Life and Death


Paper 2  - Religion, Peace and Conflict

Students must study all four content sections based upon Islam

● Beliefs ● Crime and Punishment ● Living the Religious Life ● Peace and Conflict


The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

● develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and                    humanism

● develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and sources of wisdom and                    authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they          are studying

● develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments,               demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject

● engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life

● reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and will               contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community

● demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two religions

● demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or        sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith

● understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies

● understand significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs

● apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values

● construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values.

PSHEE at Smithills School

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is taught to pupils in Session Zero.


However the Compulsory Sex and Relationship Education is delivered with RE lessons and forms part of the Marriage and Family module at GCSE Religious Studies 


In Year 9 Pupils also have a one day PSHEE conference which focuses on raising awareness about risk and how this can be reduced.  Topics covered include; the importance of internet safety, wellbeing, the power of no and the risks associated with gambling.  During the course of this day pupils also attend a session about the importance of making safe choices around sex and the risks associated.

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