What we are trying to achieve with our curriculum

The Religious Education curriculum at Key Stage 3 aims to help pupils to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith and other principle religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way our religious beliefs shape life and behaviour; develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religions and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The curriculum has been designed to encourage pupils to become religiously literate and theologically articulate. The curriculum is designed to enable all pupils to access and be challenged by the diverse and engaging content. The Key Stage 3 curriculum prepares pupils for the challenges of a demanding GCSE curriculum by embedding the important skills required for GCSE.

At Key Stage 4, the GCSE curriculum encourages pupils to think philosophically and explore theological and ethical issues and beliefs. Religious Education lessons provide pupils with the skills needed to live in a changing and often challenging world.

In line with the ethos of the school, the virtues are intrinsic to our Religious Education curriculum.  The nature of Religious Education means that the virtues are witnessed by staff and pupils in every lesson and highlighted throughout the curriculum.


How we deliver our curriculum

The Religious Education curriculum is the “core of the core” in a Catholic school. This is demonstrated by the allocation of 10% curriculum time given to the subject.

In Key Stage 3, even though the teachings of the Catholic faith take precedence, other world faiths are studied in a comparative way. The subject is planned and delivered in mixed ability groups in year 7 and 8, and in set ability groups in year 9 by specialist theology graduates.

In Key Stage 4, pupils continue to work in their set ability groups and study AQA Religious Studies B Catholic Christianity, the Gospel of St. Mark and Judaism. The schools’ SOLO levels are used at KS3 to aid differentiation and to assess pupils. The department implements SPADE when marking and feeding back to pupils.  We working closely with schools through the BKCAT primary Co-ordinators programme and the secondary R.E network.  The Head of Department Works with other Heads of R.E in the diocese, closely monitoring curriculum changes and developments.

We value the religious background of all members of our school community and encourage them to share their beliefs and values in lessons.

All pupils study GCSE Religious Studies at St. Thomas a Becket school and at the Bishops’ request there is to be no exemption from GCSE Religious Studies for any child including those with Special Educational Needs ensuring that Catholic education is fully inclusive.



The difference that our curriculum makes to our pupils

We believe that the Religious Education Curriculum does make a difference to the learning of children.  They are assessed using baseline assessments at the beginning of each Year and then again at the end. Lessons are dynamic and interesting and pupils are encouraged to practice the retrieval of prior learning at the beginning of every lesson. Regular use of SOLO helps us to gage the progress that children are making within lessons.

Our school aims to truly educate the whole child. While academic progress is important, our department is unique in that it focuses on the formation of pupils, so that they may be true to their vocation as Christ’s disciples and as such work effectively for the common good of society. Those pupils who have an interest in R.E at GCSE tend to go to Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College to study the Philosophy and ethics A-Level.  All pupils at Notre Dame study a general R.E course, for which GCSE R.E at Beckets provides a stable foundation.  Our Religious Education curriculum helps pupils to develop a Catholic worldview and enables a deeper incorporation of the pupil into the heart of the Catholic Church. The curriculum that we teach is fully in line with the Catholic Curriculum Directory.  Overall the Religious Education curriculum promotes the human virtues and the dignity of the human person, as created in the image and likeness of God.


KS3Year 7

Community and Belonging

Sacraments of Initiation


Jesus and other leaders

The Bible and other Holy Books

Catholic prayer and worship


Year 8


Five pillars of Islam

Paschal Mystery

The Mass



Year 9

Christian denominations – differences and similarities



AQA Religious Studies A (9-1)


Year 9


Christian denominations – differences and similarities

Theme A – Religion, Relationships and Families

Theme B – Religion, Peace and Conflict




Year 10

The Triune God


Church and the Kingdom of God



Year 11

Judaism – Beliefs and teachings

Judaism – Practices

GeneralEach year group will have an assessment at the end of each topic.  The assessments are based on GCSE criteria.


Year 7 and 8 will receive a SOLO level for their assessment.

Years 9, 10 and 11 will receive a GCSE grade for their assessment.


Year 7 and 8 will have an extended learning book to complete extended learning tasks per topic.


Years 9 -11 will complete exam style questions and revision tasks for extended learning.


All tasks will appear on Show My Homework which all pupils have log in details for.

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