Why is RE important?
The RE department is dedicated to the education of the whole child and to help them to grow in their faith. We ensure that every pupil at St Thomas More School will be supported in all aspects of their development; the spiritual, cultural, emotional and social development of the pupils lies at the heart of the Department’s ethos.
Key Skills Required
Skills needed at KS3 Religious Education are the ability to read and analyse texts, to describe and explain different points of view.
Topics Covered in Year 7
Number of lessons per week: 3
The Department follows the Diocesan of Westminster Key Stage 3 Curriculum Directory. In Years 7 and 8, all pupils follow The Way and The Truth syllabus which provides a good grounding in the key beliefs and practices of the Church. They also study other faiths, notably Judaism, with whom we share a common spiritual ancestry.
The main topics in Year 7 are:
- Belonging to a Catholic School
- Judaism and Tolerance
- Sacraments of Healing
- Leadership in the Church
- The Church’s Mission
Topics Covered in Year 8
Number of lessons per week: 2
The main topics in Year 8 are:
- The Creation
- The Covenant
- Exploring the Mass
- The Paschal Mystery
- The Prophetic Role of the Church
- The Church in Britain
Homework is set according to the homework timetable and can be found on ‘Show My Homework’.
Pupils are assessed regularly. Diagnostic monitoring will take place twice per half term.
- The Way (Catholic Truth Society) – P.J. McHugh
- The Truth (Catholic Truth Society) – Ged Clapson
- Key Christian Beliefs-Chris Wright
Key Tips for Success
Pupils should spend at least 40 minutes on their homework.
Pupils should always ask for help in areas that they are unsure of; they must ask for help with their homework in advance of the deadline.
Make sure that all work is presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.
How can a parent help their child succeed in this course?
Supervise your child’s homework.
Be willing to answer questions to help your child.