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Key Stage 3 Religious Education

Introduction

At key stage 3, students follow a programme of study based on the “Curriculum Directory”.  The directory was produced by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.  It is a two-year course. There are four areas of study:

  • Revelation
  • Church
  • Celebration
  • Life in Christ

 

The aims of the programme of study are:

  • To maintain and stimulate student curiosity and enjoyment in Religious Education.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of Religious knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.
  • To enable students to see Religious Education in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • To enable students to understand and use investigative/deductive methods.
  • To contribute to the moral, social, ethical and religious development of the students.
  • To enable students to be able to work independently and also as part of a team.
  • To offer courses and employ teaching methods that allows all students to have equal access to Religious Education and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • To develop an awareness in students of the implications of Religion for the individual, the community and the environment.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and be able to support them by reasonable arguments that recognises the possible limitations of the ideas and concepts used.

 

Assessment

Assessment will reflect the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers attainment levels.  Students are awarded a level at the end of each unit of work.  The level will be achieved through tasks designed specifically as assessment.  Homework and classwork are marked using a common marking policy and comments are made as appropriate.  These are supportive and aimed at increasing the confidence of students.  At the end of each unit of work students are given the opportunity to reflect on their performance and areas where greater help or application is needed.  The manner in which these assessment exercises are done will depend on the ability level of the group.