Religious Education




Characteristics of an Good Learner 

We believe that children who excel in Religious Education have these essential characteristics:

• An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
• A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
• The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and 
value of religion.
• A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
• Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas 
and working constructively with others.
• Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
• The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
• A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. 



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.

• Explain why different religious communities or individuals may have a different view of what is right and wrong.

• Show an awareness of morals and right and wrong beyond rules (i.e. wanting to act in a certain way despite rules).

• Express their own values and remain respectful of those with different values.


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