Religious Education

Religious Education




In order to excel in Religious Education, we believe that children throughout our school must achieve the following learning objectives:

•    To understand beliefs and teachings
•    To understand practices and lifestyles
•    To understand how beliefs are conveyed
•    To reflect
•    To understand values

Specifically, the children should master the skills below:

Learning Objectives

Key Stage 1

Milestone 1

Lower Key Stage 2

Milestone 2

Upper Key Stage 2

Milestone 3

To understand beliefs and teachings • Describe some of the teachings of a religion.

• Describe some of the main festivals or celebrations of a religion.

• Present the key teachings and beliefs of a religion.

• Refer to religious figures and holy books to explain answers.

• Explain how some teachings and beliefs are shared between religions.

• Explain how religious beliefs shape the lives of individuals and communities.

To understand practices and lifestyles • Recognise, name and describe some religious artefacts, places and practices. • Identify religious artefacts and explain how and why they are used.

• Describe religious buildings and explain how they are used.

• Explain some of the religious practices of both clerics and individuals.

• Explain the practices and lifestyles involved in belonging to a faith community.

• Compare and contrast the lifestyles of different faith groups and give reasons why some within the same faith may adopt different lifestyles.

• Show an understanding of the role of a spiritual leader.

To understand how beliefs are conveyed • Name some religious symbols.

• Explain the meaning of some religious symbols.

• Identify religious symbolism in literature and the arts. • Explain some of the different ways that individuals show their beliefs.
To reflect • Identify the things that are important in their own lives and compare these to religious beliefs.

• Relate emotions to some of the experiences of religious figures studied.

• Ask questions about puzzling aspects of life.

• Show an understanding that personal experiences and feelings influence attitudes and actions.

• Give some reasons why religious figures may have acted as they did.

• Ask questions that have no universally agreed answers.

• Recognise and express feelings about their own identities. Relate these to religious beliefs or teachings.

• Explain their own ideas about the answers to ultimate questions.

• Explain why their own answers to ultimate questions may differ from those of others.

To understand values • Identify how they have to make their own choices in life.

• Explain how actions affect others.

• Show an understanding of the term ‘morals’.

• Explain how beliefs about right and wrong affect people’s behaviour.

• Describe how some of the values held by communities or individuals affect behaviour and actions.

• Discuss and give opinions on stories involving moral dilemmas.

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