Religious Education

Religious Studies Curriculum Journey

The aim of the RS curriculum at Golborne High School is to expand pupils’ knowledge of the world’s diversity and open their minds to the different values, ideas and cultures around them.  Questions are encouraged above all things, as curiosity and passion underpin everything we achieve in RS at KS3 and GCSE at KS4 during years 10 and 11. While the KS3 RS curriculum is largely informed by Wigan SACRE’s Local Agreed Syllabus, we hope to approach standard topics in ways that engage pupils whilst developing essential empathetic, problem solving and academic skills.

At KS4, pupils discover more about the intricacies of Christianity and Buddhism as well as a variety of themed studies through the rigorous AQA Religious Studies GCSE programme. These choices of religion and theme allow pupils to explore the practical applications of religion such as ethics surrounding crime and punishment, questions about the existence of God or even the nature of our society. These selections permit pupils to prepare for a vast assortment of careers including law, healthcare, medical or business ethics or further study of Philosophy and Ethics at A Level, degree level and beyond.

What makes us unique in our approach to RS is our dedication to beginning with solid factual foundations of the six major world religions, before building upon these roots by tackling a wide variety of ethical topic explorations. Ethical debates and deep thinking continues throughout KS3, preparing pupils for a GCSE in our subject or for decision making and moral choices in the wider world if their interests lie outside of religious and cultural study. By designing the RS Curriculum in this way, we are proud to say that RS is at the forefront of delivering Golborne High School’s curriculum aims:

  • Prepared for the Future
  • Lifelong Leaners
  • Responsible Citizens

More information on how pupils are able to achieve these aims is within RS is available and highlighted in our Curriculum Journey. Some highlights of our curriculum that really engage pupils and encourage their naturally curiosity about the world around them to grow are:


Unit of Work

Why it is a highlight


The Island

Introducing pupils to RS at Golborne High School, this scheme of work develops pupils’ ability to see patterns in information, make connections across all religions and grow their excitement for RS


Crime and Punishment

Pupils battle with their wits in ethical and moral debates surrounding crime, punishment and the death penalty in this unit which never fails to interest pupils in the real world applications of RS


Religion and Life

One of the topics with the most potential for practical application, Religion and Life covers a range of ethical dilemmas including abortion, euthanasia and the very origins of our universe

KS4 (years 10 and 11)

In depth: Christianity and Buddhism

Pupils opting for RS at GCSE will discover the wonders of Christianity and Buddhism at a global level. They will come to understand the beliefs and practices of each religion and the implications of those beliefs when applied to ethical issues such as relationships and families, crime and punishment, God and revelation and religion and life.