Members of staff

Mr Darin Lamb

Mr Mark Allsion

Mrs Jenna Rouse

Miss Kate Wilkinson 

Subject overview

We believe that Humanities subjects are essential for pupils’ development as they help young people to be aware of the past, understand the present and improve the future. Through the teaching of Humanities subjects we strive to instil in pupils an enthusiasm for learning which will help them to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

The study of RE helps young people to:

  • Respond to and think about challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life,
  • Reflect on the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
  • To learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.
  • Challenge and reflect on key issues in the world
  • Develop ideas about community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance.
  • Develop respect for and sensitivity to others.



Key Stage 3

1 lesson per week for each pupil




Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn term 1

RE: Why bother?


Community Cohesion

Prejudice and Discrimination

Autumn term 2

Judaism: culture & community


Sikhism: Sikhism and modern Britain

The problems of suffering and evil

Spring term 1

Islam: belief and practice


The Ten: laws and modern society


Buddha and beyond

Spring term 2

Muhammad: prophets and pilgrimage


Jesus: Man, myth or messiah?

Deity: arguments for and against the divine

Summer term 1

Christianity: local and global


Introduction to philosophy

Introduction to ethics

Summer term 2

How and why should we commemorate the Holocaust?


Introduction to philosophy

Introduction to ethics

Key Stage 4 

1 lessons per week for all pupils. The course that is followed in Year 1- and 11 is the AQA Religious Studies (spec B). Within this course we study; Unit 2 “Religion and Life Studies” and Unit 3 “Religion and Morality”

We do not enter our pupils for the GCSE at present, assessment will take place in class.


Year 10

Year 11


Autumn term 1

Religion and early life


Religious attitudes to crime and punishment

Autumn term 2


Religion and animal rights

Religious attitudes to drugs

Spring term 1


Religion and war

Religious attitudes to wealth and poverty in the Uk

Spring term 2


Religion and the environment

Religious attitudes to the elderly

Summer term 1


Religion and prejudice

Revision skills and exam practice


Summer term 2


Practice exam skills


Revision links for GCSE course

There are a number of excellent resources online that can support your child’s study of GCSE RE.


GCSE Bitesize: has a number of key points around many of the topic studied in GCSE RE. It also contains useful summaries of the key beliefs and teachings of the major world religions and where they stand on a range of ethical issues. It features a number of tests to check your understanding too!


Revision videos by AQA exam officers: There are a host of useful videos by AQA officials online to support the writing of GCSE style answers for AQA RE (and other subjects). Use the link to visit some of those recommended by your RE teachers - use the ‘related videos’ links to find other useful videos too.


RS revision: this website covers a number of the key themes and topics explored in GCSE RE at Norham High. It does not cover all topics and is limited in terms of exam answers - but well worth a visit if you would like to see good examples of information summarised into manageable chunks of information


Past papers and mark schemes: why not consider visiting this website (the official AQA website!) and tackling one or more of the exam papers from previous years? This can then be marked by your teacher according to the mark scheme. You could also have a look at the mark scheme yourself and have a go at either marking your own answers or use the scheme to help your writing of the topic!


If all students were like this… this student completed his study of GCSE RE two-years ago and has very helpfully uploaded all of his resources for the AQA specification (your course!) up to his website.

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

(Eg. Homework, revision, resources, reading)


Supporting your child at home

In addition to reading with your child - there are a number of other opportunities for helping your child revise RE at home.


Planning is key. You can help your child to create a clear revision plan and method of studying that will make them feel in control of their work.

Work out a revision plan

Identify each of the topics that your child needs to know in preparation for the exam. Produce a timetable that specifies how long your child will spend on each area. You may wish to prioritise the topics that were studied at the start of Year 10 (i.e. abortion, animal rights, war and peace…)


Reading materials

In addition to a host of booklets and handouts provided in lessons; your child may wish to purchase books to support learning. There are a number of useful books and resources that will support your child’s study / learning of the subject at home. Some of these have been endorsed by the exam-board.

CGP revision notes - a useful book of mind maps and summaries of the key areas studied at GCSE


Condense notes onto flash cards and postcards

Rather than read pages and pages of different religious points of view to the issue of war and death - why not consider challenging your child to summarise the main beliefs and teachings of each religion onto a postcard? You could sit and test them with the information. On one side write the topic or name of the religion. On the other, the facts that they need to know for the exam.


Timed exam practice

Challenge your child to complete a past exam paper and time them. The instructions of how long is given for each exam is detailed on the front. Exam papers are accessible from this link and should be used to help build up your child’s confidence for the exam.


Watch the news

Encouraging your child to watch the news for 20-minutes each afternoon / evening is also one way of deepening RE revision. There are often stories and topics that link to something being discussed in RE. Challenge your child to make links between the news story and what they have been learning about in RE recently.


Finally…. speak to other mums… and dads… and carers

Here is some excellent advice produced by members of the parental-networking website MumsNet on how to support your child in revising for RE and any other exam for that matter.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Homework Club runs every week (every day except a Monday) to support your child with their homework. This can be accessed after school and takes place in C1.

The LRC: computers are available in the LRC at break and lunch times to support research, revision and relaxation. Encourage your child to attend and make use of the resources.