Religion, Society and Wellbeing

Three Big Themes

Religion, Society and Wellbeing brings together three areas of the curriculum that all explore the idea of community; the many groups we connect with to find belonging, meaning and identity. Consequently, we explore three overarching themes dealing with many of life’s big questions:

1. Religion (RE)

Stories influence our hearts and minds and shape our society! So what are the religious and non-religious stories that frame the way we look at life, express ourselves as individuals, groups and communities and respond to the many challenges and issues we face? What does it mean to live a good life and what wisdom do we draw upon to help us make ethical decisions?

2. Society (Citizenship)

At the heart of wellbeing is connection with others! But what do we need to know and what do we need to do to be able to participate effectively within our communities and make our contributions to them? What can we do to improve the things we want to change?

3. Wellbeing (PSHE)

To have good wellbeing is to flourish and thrive! But what do we consider the ‘good’ life to be? Do our relationships and communities help us to thrive and what risks do we need to manage to stay healthy and connected? What is my story and how am I preparing for the next chapter?

Curriculum Provision

All three of these themes are explored across Key Stage 3 and 4 through 1 hour a week of dedicated curriculum time through Religion, Society and Wellbeing. RSW is taught in a way that recognises and explores the interconnected nature of these themes to give a more holistic approach which explore key concepts, develop core skills and build character. A combination of off timetable days and enrichment activities are also utilised to extend and enrichen our provision, with School Council and Wellbeing Champions being two ongoing examples of this.

PSHE Statutory Guidelines

Whilst many areas of the school curriculum contribute to the delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education, each year in RSW we revisit the three central pillars of PSHE (health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world) through specific wellbeing units in order to ensure our provision meets statutory guidelines such as Relationship and Sex Education. This also enables us to develop specialism as a department in exploring and delivering sensitive topics. An additional hour a week of curriculum time is also dedicated to these important themes in Year 8.

KS4 Option Courses

Finally, for students who want to deepen and further their interest in the subject area we offer KS4 option courses in GCSE Religious Studies and BTEC Health and Social Care, both of which have the concept of community at their heart.

Informed, responsible, healthy and connected citizens

The breadth and depth of our provision as a department, all comes down to our core purpose:
“Empowering all students to become informed, responsible, healthy and connected citizens who actively listen, clearly express, respectfully challenge and respond confidently to the challenges we face in our communities with compassion, courage and creativity.”
So yes… the subject area is about exploring concepts to do with RE, Citizenship and PSHE and developing key skills such as critical awareness, clarity of thought and strong communication skills. But, just as important, is the character it seeks to instil: the compassion to respond; the courage to challenge; and the creativity to find solutions, create plans and deliver change. 

Authentic Social Action & Fundamental British Values

We believe in giving all students the opportunity to express their voice democratically in school council elections and national youth consultations. We encourage them to exercise their personal freedom to campaign and lobby on the issues they have voted for or raised. Many students will also contribute to authentic social action projects in the school and the local community which some students will also step forward to lead. This approach doesn’t just teach students about their shared values, it gives them chance to experience them, exercise them and cascade these experiences with other students to support student led action and promote a more inclusive, cohesive and active participation within school and the local area.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 RSW

Year 8 RSW

Year 9 RSW

Identity & Diversity

Introducing the religions that have shaped our communities in the UK

1.        Rites of Passage –

Introduction rites of passage across religions and discovering our shared sense of experience.

2.       Abrahamic Religions -

Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, Islam and their similarities & difference

3.       Dharmic Traditions -

Introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and how they connect to some key citizenship concepts 

4.       Being a UK citizen

What do we need to know about our society and how can we make it better?

5.       Wellbeing (PSHE) unit

*See below for details

6.       Wellbeing (PSHE) unit

*See below for details

Hearts & Minds

Deepening our understanding of what influences our beliefs, practices, identity & meaning

1.        Non-Religious Worldviews

Why do some people not believe in God and what do they believe in?

2.       Exploring Christianity What does it mean to be a Christian in modern Britain?

3.       Ultimate Questions Part 1: Where did we come from? Does it matter? Is science compatible with religion?

4.       Exploring Judaism

What does it mean to be a Jew in modern Britain?

5.       Ultimate Questions Part 2: Does evil really exist? Does suffering have a purpose or does it just disprove God?

6.       Exploring Islam

What does it mean to be a Muslim in modern Britain?

The Burning Issues

Evaluating the big questions, ethical issues and moral choices we face today? 

1.        Non-Religious Worldviews

Why do some people not believe in God and what do they believe in? *NB. Y9 didn’t study this unit in Y8.

2.       Introduction to Ethics

How do we make ethical choices and moral decision? How can these be applied to topical issues relating to life and death?

3.       Faith in Action - How has faith influenced change for the better in our world?

4.       Sustainable Futures

What is stewardship and how can we work together to tackle global problems?

7.       Wellbeing (PSHE) unit

*See below for details

8.       Wellbeing (PSHE) unit

*See below for details

Wellbeing (PSHE) in Y7

The ‘Being Healthy’ (5) and ‘Relationships’ (6) strands of PSHE are introduced in the summer term through RSW and the ‘Living in the Wider World’ (7) strand is delivered across KS3 through our wider CEIAG provision.

5.       Being Healthy

What we mean by a healthy life style and the risks that affect this (substances, nutrition, exercise) – Puberty, periods & FGM - Emergency first aid skills and heartstart course (OTD)

6.       Relationships

Identity & diversity - different types of family - healthy friendships - bullying & banter – cyber bullying – falling in love and dealing with new feelings - staying safe (on and off line)

Wellbeing (PSHE) in Y8

Students deepen their understanding of wellbeing by exploring 5 overarching themes relating to managing risks and making decisions. This is delivered through an additional hour of ‘Wellbeing’ curriculum time each week.

1.        Managing Lifestyle Risks

Energy drinks - smoking - vaping  - alcohol - illegal drugs - peer pressure - gangs - knife crime - grooming, sexting, CSE – youth justice system 

2.       Be Kind to Your Mind

Intro to mental health issues - depression - anxiety - anger - emotional literacy & self-awareness - growth mindset – what is mindfulness?

3.       Managing Relationships

Healthy relationships - body image and the media -  peer pressure - consent - sex and the law - risks of sex - safe sex - contraception - sexual health & STIs - sexting - pornography

4.       Living in the Wider World

Being aspirational  - resilience -  employability skills - preparing for the world of work and developing skills for workplace - money matters - budgeting and banking – debt & being financially savvy - being enterprising - consumer rights

5.       Challenging Discrimination

What is stereotyping, prejudice & discrimination – teens & media – gender – LGBT+ homophobia – disability – racism - religion - Islamaphobia - extremism & radicalisation 

Wellbeing (PSHE) in Y9

Key risk areas from the ‘Being Healthy’ and ‘Relationships’ strands of PSHE are revisited in the summer term to deepen student awareness of the impact these risks can have and explore in more detail how they can be managed. 

5.       Being Healthy

Selfie obsessed - Self Harm - Managing school & exam stress - Healthy body healthy mind (sleep, nutrition, exercise, relaxation) -  Alcohol & drug abuse case studies

6.       Relationships

Domestic violence  & abusive relationships including dangers of fleeing home - revisit consent, sex and the law and s sexual health (including condom demonstration) – CSE



Key Stage 4

Religion, Society and Wellbeing (Non-examined)

In year 10 and 11 all students receive 1 hour a week of statutory provision. This is a popular course because it gives students the opportunity to explore the relevant skills they need for life and gives them the opportunity to reflect upon and prepare for their journey on to a post 16 pathway.

Year 10 Religion Society & Wellbeing

Theme 1 Wellbeing

1. Relationships

What are the risks associated with sex and the challenges of parenting?

2. Being Healthy

What is health and wellbeing and what risks do we need to manage post 16?
What is mental health and how do we manage it effectively?
What are the responsible health choices I need to be aware of such as vaccinations, stem cells, blood donation & cancer awareness?

3. Living in the Wider World

What is digital citizenship and looking to the future, how do we manage our finances and the risks associated?

Theme 2 Citizenship

4. Identity & Diversity

Why are we so culturally diverse and what cultural traditions and values bring our communities together?

5. Fairness & Justice

How does the criminal justice system work and what are human rights?

6. Be the Change!

How are we governed and how can I be the change I want to see in society?

Year 11
Religion Society & Wellbeing 

1. Preparing my personal statement

What is my story and how do I tell it to the people who I need to impress in order to write the next chapter?

2. Preparing my CV and pathway

How do I prepare a CV for recruiters and local businesses and what support is out there to help me choose appropriate pathways and prepare for the future?

3. Preparing for my mock interview
How do I make a positive impression and present myself to recruiters professionally? How do I talk calmly, clearly and confidently about myself?

4. Preparing for my exams
Are you physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and academically prepared for the final stretch in terms of wellbeing? Are you in a GCSE mindset?

5. Structured or independent revision
Is your why bigger than your how? Is your how a smart way of doing it?

GCSE Religious Studies (2 Papers)

In year 10 and 11 students can also choose to pick GCSE Religious Studies as an option choice and many do in order to deepen their interest in how beliefs influence practices and how people from the same faith traditions can still make very different ethical choices to life’s challenging issues.

Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies Year 11 GCSE Religious Studies

Paper 1 (1hr 45): Christianity

  • 1. Christian Beliefs
  • 2. Marriage and Family
  • 3. Living the Christian Life
  • 4. Matters of life and death

Paper 2 (1hr 45): Judaism

  • 1. Jewish Beliefs
  • 2. Crime and Punishment
  • 3. Living the Jewish life
  • 4. War and Peace
BTEC Health and Social Care

We have recently introduced to the curriculum, a BTEC in Health and Social Care. So if you are interested in this growing sector and studying the journey of life and how we grow and develop, then Health and Social Care will give you the opportunity to do so.

Year 10 BTEC Health and Social Care Year 11 BTEC Health and Social Care

Component 1:
Human Lifespan Development
30% internally assessed

Component 2:
Health and Social Care Services and Values
30% internally assessed

Component 3:
Health and Wellbeing
40% externally assessed

*Component 2: (For 2019-2020 only)
Health and Social Care Services and Values
30% internally assessed