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:
Key Stage 1
Lower Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2
|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.