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Key Stage 3

Time Allocation
Students study Religious Education for three 1 hour lessons per week in each of Year 7 and Year 8 lessons, which fulfils the requirements of the Bishop’s conference.

Religious Education is taught in mixed form groups.

Course Content
During KS3, students complete half-termly units as directed by the Religious Education curriculum directory.


Year 7

Year 8


Autumn 1:  Revelation and Faith

  • Abraham a man of faith
  • Abraham and his Covenant
  • David is chosen, his victory over Goliath, his downfall
  • Solomon’s dream and his gift
  • How God reveals his love for us


Autumn 2: God’s Promises Fulfilled

  • The Exile
  • The Faithful Jews
  • Prophecies
  • The Annunciation to Zechariah
  • The Visitation  

Autumn 1: Creation

  • God the creator and sustainer
  • Interpreting Genesis as theological and scientific
  • Made in “Imago Dei”
  • Dignity of the human person and original sin
  • Stewardship and de-creation

Autumn 2: Covenant

  • Noah
  • Abraham
  • Moses
  • The Passover
  • The Exodus


Spring 1: The Saviour

  • John the Baptist
  • Jesus’ Mission
  • Jesus and the Jews
  • Jesus and the woman caught in adultery, the widow of Nain, The woman with the haemorrhage
  • Jesus and the conflict with the Religious Authorities

Spring 2:  The Church

  • The calling of the disciples and St Peter
  • Pentecost
  • The Stoning of Stephen
  • The story of St Paul’s conversion
  • The Persecution of the early Church in Rome

Spring 1:  The Mystery of the Eucharist

  • Jesus is the Bread of life
  • The New Covenant
  • The Last Supper
  • Celebrating the Mass today
  • The Second Vatican Council

Spring 2: The Paschal Mystery

  • Holy Week
  • The trials of Jesus
  • The Journey to the Cross
  • The death of Jesus and the Apostles Creed
  • The Resurrection




Summer 1:  The Sacraments

  • Jesus is the sacrament of God
  • Living out the Sacrament
  • The Sacrament of Baptism
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • The Sacrament of the Sick

Summer 2:  Christianity and other religions

  • The spread of Christianity
  • The Martyrs of Uganda
  • The spirit of God at work
  • Other world religions
  • Ghandi

Summer 1:  The Mission of the Church

  • Challenges to Christianity
  • The Mission of the Church
  • St Vincent De Paul and the work of the SVP
  • What is the Church
  • What is our mission today?

Summer 2:  The Church in Britain

  • St Alban
  • The First missionaries
  • St Thomas Beckett
  • Henry VIII and the reformation 
  • The Emancipation

Formal Assessment
Pupils have an interim common marked task assessment and a final end of topic assessment for each unit. The targets set for the interim common marked task assessment will help students to not only identify areas of strength but also make maximum amounts of progress as they move through the key stage towards GCSE.

Pupils will be set homework on a weekly basis. This will include a variety of reading, writing and research tasks to help enhance and extend their classroom learning.