Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Education for Life (E4L) Curriculum Overview

Head of Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake
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 Religious Education, Citizenship and PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health, Emotional Well Being and Economic Understanding) have been combined in Years 7 and 8. The subject is affectionately known as E4L. The subject will be taught in topics that will develop their understanding, tolerance and an appreciation for the world we live in and the people we meet. We will also look at ‘life skills’ from careers to emotional wellbeing, drug education to growing up.

 E4L is taught in a range of ways from using multimedia and interactive software to involving the students in role play and discussions. Experiential lessons, drama, group work and personal research are integral to our lessons. We follow the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus for the RE lesson topics. The PSHEE topics cover National Curriculum guidelines. Where possible in the curriculum, visits and visitors enhance the learning experience for our pupils.

 Year 7

 Autumn Term

 Self Esteem

The year begins with a focus on how we see ourselves.

  • What affects our self image and esteem?
  • How can we improve it?


Pupils will then learn about the skills and qualities that employers are looking for.

  • Which skills will employers look for?
  • What sort of job do I want?
  • How does my education help me in the future?


  • Debt management
  • Peer pressure

 ‘The Island’

This is an RE unit that covers rites of passage through active learning.

  • Why do we need rules?
  • Leadership skills
  • How do religions welcome new babies?
  • At what age do people become adult?
  • The importance of marriage
  • What happens when we die?

 Spring Term

 What does it mean to be a Sikh?

Pupils will cover the RE topic in a variety of different ways.

  • Understand the key beliefs and ideas of Sikhism; Ideas such as Equality and sacrifice are investigated.
  • The 5K’s
  • Recognise and reflect on the impact of those beliefs and ideas on Sikh lifestyle and behaviour.
  • Understand the significance of the Gurdwara on community life.

 Drug Education

The pupils will spend some lessons learning about the dangers of drug taking. 

  • Smoking- the dangers of, the effects of, the cost of...
  • Illegal drugs and the consequences of misuse

 Why is Jesus important to Christians?

During this RE topic, pupils will learn about why Jesus is worshipped by Christians.

  • Who is/was Jesus?
  • What does the Bible teach?
  • Miracles
  • -Parables of Jesus

 Summer Term

 Why is Jesus important to Christians? Continued from previous term

  • The unit ends with a role play of Jesus, This is your Life.

 Personal safety

A DVD series will support this unit of work

  • Cyber safety
  • Alcohol education
  • Peer pressure
  • Stranger danger

 Can we make our world a more respectful place?

  • Developing tolerance and understanding of differences

 Relationships and Sexual Health

  • Puberty and body changes
  • Contraception

 Year 8

 Autumn Term

 Body Image

  • What affects our body image and self esteem?
  • Media- photo shop and image retouching

 God and the Universe

During this RE topic, pupils will study religious and secular points of view.

  • Why do some people believe/ not believe in God?
  • Why are some people uncertain?
  • What are my beliefs?
  • Can science and religion both be true?
  • What is truth?


Pupils will think about the future in this topic.

  • Downsides to jobs
  • Which skills will employers look for?
  • What sort of job do I want?
  • Stereotypes


  • Tax
  • The power of advertising

 Spring Term


  • Stereotyping and discrimination

 How can war ever be justified?

This RE topic contains a mini project.

  • Understand the key terms such as pacifism and just war
  • What do religions say about war?
  • Anne Frank mini project (will involve homework)
  • The Bomb Factor

 Drug Education

Pupils will consider the dangers and effects of drugs.

  • Alcohol- peer pressure, effects of alcohol, units, the law
  • Illegal drugs and the consequences of misuse

 Summer Term

 Religion and film

  • mini unit

 What does it mean to be a Muslim?

During this topic, pupils will learn about what it means to be a muslim in 21C Britain. We will start by learning about stereotypes.

  • Understand the authority of the Qur’an for Muslims
  • Investigate the “five pillars” and their implications for life
  • The importance of hajj
  • Understand the significance of the mosque for community life.

Personal safety

A DVD series will support the learning in this topic.

  • Forced marriage
  • Alcohol and drug education
  • Peer pressure
  • Guns and crime

 Relationships and Sexual Health

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Myths about sexual health dispelled