Religious education

Key Stage 3

Aims of the curriculum

  • To promote knowledge and understanding of religious issues whilst instilling a sense of spirituality in each pupil
  • To make the teachings of the Church accessible and meaningful to our pupils so they can fully appreciate, and participate in, the Catholic nature of the school
  • To promote the ideals of empathy, tolerance and understanding amongst our pupils as they examine the religions of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism
  • To promote an understanding of the personal, social and moral issues that are relevant the pupils experiences
  • To instil in each pupil a deeper understanding of faith and belief in God

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Term 1
Unit 1 – Our Eucharistic Community
Unit 2 – Baptism
Term 2
Unit 3 – St Thomas More
Unit 4 – The Bible
Unit 5 – The Old Testament
Term 3
Unit 6 – Judaism and the world of Jesus
Unit 7 – The work of Jesus

Year 8

Term 1
Unit 1 – Images of God
Unit 2 – Islam
Term 2
Unit 3 – Christianity
Unit 4 – The environment
Term 3
Unit 5 – Sikhism
Unit 6 – Hinduism

Ten Ten; life to the full program

Ten Ten’s new programme, Life to the Full, will teach Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.

Given that RSHE will become a statutory subject for all schools from September 2020, we are embracing “the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life” by giving pupils knowledge “that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships” (DFE Statutory Guidance).

We will deliver this teaching through the prism of Catholic RSHE. The framework of our programme is taken from the Model Catholic RSE Programme by the Catholic Education Service, which has been highlighted by the Department of Education as a work of good practice.

Life to the Full will address the needs of young people where they are at in today’s world. The teaching includes lessons on puberty, personal hygiene, fertility, menstruation, family and friends, sexual intimacy, delaying sex, an understanding of the body, sexuality, marriage, gender, online relationships, social media, consent, grooming, pressure, STIs, contraception and natural family planning, abortion/miscarriage, the effect of drugs and alcohol on relationships, and sexual exploitation. The programme will be fully inclusive of all students.

Teaching methods and student organisation

Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability groups. The classes are reviewed at the end of each year and changes are made accordingly based on students’ performance and test results in order to set them for Year 8. 

All year groups have three lessons a week

Progression after Key Stage 3

RE is a core subject therefore all students continue to GCSE.

  • Homework is set once a week, ask your son/daughter what their homework is and ask them to show it to you once it is finished
  • At the end of each unit of work you will receive a text informing you when the end of unit test is.  Each student will be given revision materials which you can use to test them
  • Looking in your son/daughters’ exercise books and reading the comments from the teacher and the response from your child will help you to see where they can make improvements and where they are doing well
  • In the end of year exam the attached documents give a brief revision schedule and activities which you can do with your child to help them revise

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Homework help clubs at lunch time are offered for both KS3 and KS4.

An RE debating club takes place every Tuesday after school from 3pm -4pm where a range of topical issues are explored and students have the chance to develop their debating skills.

After school revision classes are offered leading up to GCSE exams several evenings a week.

How can you help your child?

There are a number of resources provided for students within school. However, parents can also access a whole host of web based resources, as well as buy revision guides from numerous retailers.

Ask your child to show you their work and explain it to you; encourage them to demonstate their knowledge and understanding.