KS3 Religious Education

Course Introduction


Religious Education is the study of beliefs and practices that underpin religious tradition, in particular focusing on the Roman Catholic tradition. At its heart lies the notion of ‘Love your neighbour’ and identifying how we are all made in Gods image.

Religious Education is an academic subject, and where possibilities arise it can be practical on occasion where creativity and investigation are encouraged. Pupils are provoked into asking challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of Roman Catholic Christianity primarily and selected world religions. If offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances student’s awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.


Student Objectives


Understand different views and perspectives, making comparisons to their own belief system.

Actively encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs and traditions whilst exploring their own perspectives, beliefs and questions of meaning.

It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics to communicate their responses.

Encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging.

Enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.

Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning.

Enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own an important skill within the modern world.


Course Content


Year 7

Advent 1 – Belonging & Community, Old Testament Prophets

Advent 2 – Childhood of Jesus, Baptism, Annunciation & Christmas.

Lent 1 – The Bible

Lent 2 – Prayer, Jesus’ Mission,

Pentecost 1 – Hinduism, Early Church & Pentecost

Pentecost 2 – EPR.


Year 8

Advent 1 – Creation, Covenant

Advent 2 – Ecumenism.

Lent 1 – The Mass

Lent 2 – Conscience & Morality, Holy Week.

Pentecost 1 – Reconciliation, Judaism.

Pentecost 2 – Church in Britain


Year 9

To follow shortly when finalized guidelines given for new GCSE.




The students will be levelled at the end of each half term. This will be completed in line with the school policy. Feedback will be given to the students verbally and in written form. At the end of each unit the students will complete an assessment and this will be levelled, have written feedback and targets for the students will be produced, which they must respond to.

What it leads to in KS4

The Religious Education department offer one course at KS4:-

GCSE Edexcel Catholic Christianity Paper 3 & GCSE Edexcel Religion & Society Paper 8 – The course gives students an understanding of religious beliefs and practices with particular focus on Roman Catholic Christianity. Students will be able to explore their own faith and explore moral issues in more depth.