How do Catholic and Protestant views differ?

Before looking at the reigns of each Tudor monarch in KS3, I start with this lesson underlining the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. It really helps with the understanding of each ruler’s actions later in the Tudor course.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To know how a Catholic and Protestant church look different.
  • To know the main differences in beliefs between the two types of Christianity.
  • To understand why Catholics and Protestants practised their faith differently and why they both felt so strongly about this.

After a short parody video on the Reformation, we start by comparing and analysing the diagrams of a Catholic and Protestant church. Students then complete the colour-code activity setting out the different beliefs. There’s an SEN version of the colour-coding which I replace the longer version with when teaching nurture groups. Students then demonstrate their understanding by creating a poster supporting one of the denominations. This is generally set as homework and as a competition. The plenary asks students to identify whether a range of beliefs are Catholic or Protestant using the “C/P” cards to ensure they all have to get involved.

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Created: Oct 19, 2018

Updated: Oct 26, 2018

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