Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Religious Education

Religious Education Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Miss E Preston the Curriculum Leader.

  • Miss E Preston - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr S Riley (Head of Farington)

Year 7 Course Outline

During this year you will study:

  • Beginnings
  • Moses
  • The Historical Jesus
  • The Gurdwara
  • Tribes

In the ‘Beginnings’ Module you will learn about:

  • Signs and symbols
  • The creation of the World
  • Abraham

In the ‘Moses’ Module you will learn about:

  • The life of Moses

In the ‘Historical Jesus’ Module you will learn about:

  • Tacitus, Suetonius, Josephus
  • What happened to Jesus at Easter

In the ‘Tribes’ Module you will learn about:

  • What is important to humans
  • How people work together

Year 8 Course Outline

During this year you will study:

  • The Torah
  • The Bible
  • Jesus
  • The Qur’an
  • The Guru Granth Sahib

In the ‘Torah’ Module you will learn about:

  • The Tenakh, Torah, Nevi’im and the Ketuvim
  • Religious language associated with the Torah
  • The items used to decorate a Sefer Torah
  • Simchat Torah
  • Mezuzot
  • Tefillin
  • Tallit
  • Kosher food laws
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah

In the ‘Bible’ Module you will learn about:

  • The sections of the Bible
  • Different types of writing within the Bible
  • The languages of the Bible
  • The first English translations
  • The story of Naboth

In the ‘Qur’an’ Module you will learn about:

  • The life of Muhammad
  • The importance of Muhammad
  • The Hijrah
  • How Muhammad received the Qur’an
  • How Muslims treat the Qur’an
  • The five pillars of Islam
  • Prayer
  • Islamic art

In the ‘Jesus’ Module you will learn about:

  • Life in Palestine
  • The baptism of Jesus
  • Temptation
  • Parables
  • Miracle stories

In the ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ Module you will learn about:

  • The story of Guru Nanak
  • Sikh beliefs about God
  • The Guru Granth Sahib and the Adi Granth
  • How the Guru Granth Sahib is treated
  • The Khalsa

Year 9 Course Outline

The main theme of the work in Year 9 is ‘How can humans seek the truth and find meaning in life?’ During this year you will study:

  • Does God Exist?
  • Why are we here? What is the purpose of our lives?
  • Why do people suffer or experience evil?
  • How can the truth be discovered?
  • What happens when we die? Is death the end?

In the ‘Why are we here?’ Module you will learn about:

  • The work of charities
  • The lives of inspirational people

In the ‘Why do people suffer or experience evil?’ Module you will learn about:

  • Life in the developing world
  • The Holocaust
  • 9/11

In the ‘How can the truth be discovered?’ Module you will learn about:

  • Pilgrimage


Synagogue Trip 2015

Alex Melling gives us her account of a recent trip to a Synagogue and Jewish Museum in Manchester:

On Tuesday 30th June, we visited Heaton Park synagogue, and the Jewish Museum in Manchester. I learned a lot in this time, and it was good to return again after a year with more knowledge about the religion itself – I understood the different parts of the synagogue and why they were there much more clearly.

Heaton Park synagogue was founded in 1935, and is now currently led by Rabbi Daniel Walker. By 1999, the synagogue had 550 members, and now has between 500 and 749 members.

During the trip, I learnt that all of the seats in the galleries are numbered, because everyone has their own seat that they rent out until they no longer visit the synagogue for certain reasons, be it moving away, or sadly death. The most prestigious seats are of course at the front, and if somebody stops renting a seat there, then the people in the second row will have the opportunity to rent out that seat. The reason this is done is because on Shabbat Jews can’t carry anything, meaning they can’t carry their prayer equipment to the synagogue, so they will leave it there the day before in specific boxes in front of the seats.

After visiting this synagogue (and eating at Mcdonald’s) we went to the Jewish Museum, formerly a Sephardim synagogue. Unlike the simple and practical Ashkenazim synagogue, this Jewish place of worship that was of Spanish and African origin was much more ornate; everything was decorated, from the pillars standing by the Ark to the supporting barriers of the women’s gallery.

This museum is the only one existing outside of London, located within the oldest surviving synagogue in Manchester. The synagogue was only opened as a museum in 1984, having served as a place of worship since 1874. Around the year 1788, a group of roughly 15 Jewish traders (along with their families) settled into Manchester, thus starting the formation of a Jewish community. The population of this community quickly and steadily grew as more Jews travelled from other countries to live in this City, and this community still lives on to this day.

Alex Melling

Synagogue and Jewish Museum