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Religious Studies

SUBJECT overview

As Religious Studies Teachers at Harrow High, we want our learners to be critical thinkers who are able to formulate their views taking into consideration different views and beliefs. We want learners to develop an enquiring mind where they will analyse different interpretations of beliefs. Through the lessons teachers want to encourage and develop the key attitudes including; curiosity and wonder, commitment, fairness , respect, self –understanding, open- mindedness, critical mindedness and enquiry. We want our learners to be effective communicators, we believe developing the skills mentioned will benefit learners during their journey at school but also within their future lives.   

unit overview - religion and relationships

Subject: Religion and Relationships


  • Analyse religious text
  • Developing skills to examine various interpretations religion and what they mean.
  • Organisation of work via learning essay writing skills.
  • Developing communication skills via reading answers.
  • Developing a range quotes that could be used from knowledge organisers.
  • Developing exam skills to answer the exam questions.
  • Comparative skills when looking at different religions.


Throughout this topic learners will: 

Analyse the impact of sexuality

Examine different views regarding contraception and sex outside/ before marriage.

Explain religious views regarding marriage, divorce and remarriage.

Examine the religious views regarding gender equality.

Examine the purpose of a family and role of different family members.


This is a theme within the GCSE specification. This theme was chosen as it covers aspects of Sex and Relationships Education. Throughout this theme learners are encouraged to think about risks, this includes the risks associated with different forms of contraception.

Learners are given opportunities to discuss and formulate different arguments regarding different sexualities as well as their views regarding marriage and divorce.

As part of the theme, learners look at gender equality and why equality is important. We feel this promotes equality and tackles certain examples of stereotypes. Learners are given an opportunity to look at examples of countries where gender inequalities still exist. The theme addresses the difference between cultural beliefs and religious teachings giving learners as opportunity to clarify any confusion.

By the time learners reach year 11 they are aware of human sexuality and many become curious about relationships as such we felt it was a good theme to be taught in year 11.

We believe learners will gain knowledge they need in terms safety and religious teachings. We believe this will encourage learners to stay safe going on into their adult lives.

knowledge organisers

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.