There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

RE is a challenging academic subject and makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students, and supports wider community cohesion on Portland.



Our PSHRE curriculum supports our students in being able to identify and form positive and enduring relationships, and know how to live healthy, productive and happy lives. It also creates a safe school community, where students feel comfortable in developing their character and self confidence, and become aware of how they are growing and how to look after their own well being. The RE aspects of the curriculum  develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and other principal religions, and examine questions about the meaning of life, the self and others, morality, belonging, respect, responsibility and conflict.

Key Stage 1

At Key stage 1 students study some of the broad themes that serve as a foundation to the main religions of the world.

Years 1 and 2

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Creation
  • Jesus and Miracles
  • The Five Pillars of Islam

Key Stage 2

At Key stage 2 students build on the knowledge and understanding they have gained, and study:

Years 3 – 6

  • Moses, the Torah and Judaism
  • Christianity – Sermon on the Mount
  • Living a Christian life
  • The Christian Community and values
  • Multicultural Britain: Leading a life as a Sikh, Hindu and Muslim

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students learn about a variety of religious and philosophical beliefs. They gain knowledge about the difference between Metaphysics and Empiricism, and are able to describe key Christian and secular beliefs about God. They will be able to describe Christian views about creation and human behaviour as portrayed in Genesis, the Buddhist Eightfold Path and Christian beliefs about the eternal and spiritual nature of the soul. Students also study ethical theories and the philosophy linked to Good and Evil.

Modules taught at Key Stage 3 are:

Year 7

Unit 1 – Aspirations, Self Esteem, Relationships and Puberty.

Unit 2 – Anti bullying, Love and Careers.

Unit 3 – Christianity and the Old Testament.

Year 8

Unit 1 – Personal Safety, Environmental issues, Safe Relationships.

Unit 2 – Sex Education: Consent and Choices, British Values and Diversity.

Unit 3 – Religious and Moral Thinking. 

Year 9

Unit 1 – Peer Pressure and Anti Bullying, Body Image and Human Rights.

Unit 2 – Careers and Safer Sex.

Unit 3 – Law and Order, Philosophy and Ethics.


Key Stage 4

Modules taught at Key Stage 4 are:

Year 10

Unit 1 – Relationships and Mental Health, Safer Sex – STI’s.

Unit 2 – Parenting, Anti Social Behaviour.

Unit 3 – Prejudice, Diversity, Extremism, Religious Ethics. 


Year 11

Unit 1 – Healthy Relationships and Safer Sex. 

Unit 2 – Mental Health, Body Image, Global Issues, Multiculturalism and Future skills. 


The PSHRE Team

  • Miss Board
  • Ms Powell
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