At Key Stage 3 we follow the scheme of work as indicated by the Bishop’s Conference, using a variety of learning styles to ensure that students are allowed to develop to the very best of their ability. At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a programme that enriches their understanding of Catholicism and also gain a good grounding in the major religious traditions. Pupils use the ‘Way’, the ‘Truth’ and the ‘Life’ textbooks, in conjunction with a variety of other teaching materials, such as power point presentations, visual and audio materials.

Before progressing on to their GCSE studies, students will have a firm grasp of key concepts and issues that are central to the study of religion, including: living in a  multicultural society, forms of interpretation, diversity of religion, covenants, sacraments and vocations.

Pupils complete class work that develops a range of skills such as analysis, empathy, evaluation, debating and application of different Christian teachings and viewpoints. Pupils’ work is marked by teachers every two to three weeks. Pupils also complete two graded tasks every half term, with a test or assessment at the end of every term. Pupils are expected to reach or to surpass their target minimum grade.

The department works hard to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their religious background, feel included and can learn something that is relevant to their own lives in all Religious Education lessons