Thursday 21st June 2018 : Week A    

Trinity Church of England High School, Manchester: Curriculum
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Religious Education

Aims of the Department

RE at Trinity is about affirming, encouraging and challenging students on their spiritual journey. We want students to know about Christianity and other principal religions but we also want them to learn from religion and consider how this learning may be applied to their own lives.

RE is an academic subject but it is also about developing opinions and life skills.

Strengths of the Department

In RE we strive to deliver creative and engaging lessons. We want our students to think, to inquire, to question and to be enthusiastic.

We encourage them to learn from each other and often challenge them to work in learning groups as part of a team.

We recognise that learning does not just take place when they write but also when they discuss their opinions and listen to those of others.


We currently hold the Religious Education Gold Quality Mark which recognises excellent, creative and innovative RE practice. The RE GCSE results are consistently outstanding, and in 2013 49% of our students gained an A or an A* in this subject.

We have been awarded the Religious Education Gold Quality Mark which recognises excellent, creative and innovative RE practice. The RE GCSE results are consistently outstanding and well above national averages which a high proportion of A and A* grades.

KS3 R.E. Curriculum

The key stage 3 curriculum is varied and challenging.

In year 7 we begin with a unit of work entitled ‘God, Me and My Neighbour’ which explores our individual faiths and the faith of those in the Trinity community. This includes a brief overview of six major world faiths. We go on to develop our knowledge of some of these faiths with units on Christianity, Festivals of Light and Eid.

In year 8 the major focus of our work is on the life of Jesus. We look, in particular, at his ministry with a focus on his miracles and parables. We encourage students to consider how and why different people may have different responses to his miracles and his teaching. We also encourage students to think about their own responses and how faith can impact on life.

In year 9 we develop our work on how faith can change lives and we focus on some key characters such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. We take an in depth look at Holy Week and the importance of the crucifixion and resurrection to Christians. We finish the year with a unit on ethics and morality in preparation for the GCSE course.

KS4 R.E. Curriculum

All students at Trinity study RE to GCSE level. 

Year 10

In year 10 we follow the Edexcel syllabus looking at Christianity and Islam. Topics include Christian beliefs, Marriage and the family, Muslim beliefs, Islam and peace and conflict and matters of life and death. There are key concepts for each unit and these need to be learnt carefully. After each unit the students will be tested to assess their progress and revision at home is a key requirement. There is no coursework and the course is assessed with two terminal examinations in year 11.

Year 11

We follow the Edexcel syllabus looking in depth at moral issues from the perspective of Christians, Muslims and those without faith.

Topics include: peace and conflict, believing in God, crime and punishment, and marriage and the family. There is no coursework and the course is examined with two terminal exams at the end of year 11.

We have a regular testing regime for students and they are required to learn key words and revise for end of unit tests at frequent intervals. Careful revision for these tests will be very advantageous in the terminal exams.

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