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Religious Education


Throughout Key Stage 1, pupils explore Christianity and Judaism. They learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, especially for other children and their families. Pupils ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations. They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.

The teaching and learning of RE at KS1 is seen as ‘EXPLORATION’.

Learning about Religion

Pupils should be taught to:

  • explore a range of stories and sacred writings and talk about their meanings
  • name and explore a range of celebrations, worship and rituals in religion, noting similarities where appropriate
  • identify the importance, for  some people, of belonging to a religion and recognise the difference this makes to their lives
  • explore how religious beliefs and ideas can be expressed through the arts and communicate their responses
  • identify and suggest meanings for religious symbols and begin to use a range of religious words.

Learning from Religion

Pupils should be taught to:

  • reflect on and consider religious and spiritual feelings, experiences and concepts such as worship, wonder, praise, thanks, concern, joy and sadness
  • ask and respond imaginatively to puzzling questions, communicating their ideas
  • identify what matters to them ad others, including those with religious commitments, and communicate their responses
  • reflect on how spiritual and moral values relate to their own behaviour
  • recognise that religious teachings and ideas make a difference to individuals, families and the local community.