At Parc Eglos, we strive to instil an enquiring, respectful and open mind in all of our children, whilst exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief. Our vision for RE is for children to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We aim to provide our learners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented within Cornwall, Britain and the wider world. We give our children the freedom to explore their own behaviour, practices and outlook within their own religion or belief system, and those of others. We enable learners to apply the insights of the principal religious traditions to their own search for identify and significance. Through our school ethos and our work on virtues, our children are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold beliefs different from their own. This in turn, supports each individual to confidently participate in the wider school community and that in which they live.
Chris Quigley Milestones for RE:
Religious Education Years 1 and 2
•Describe some of the teachings of a religion.
• Describe some of the main festivals or celebrations of a religion.
• Recognise, name and describe some religious artefacts, places and practices.
• Name some religious symbols.
• Explain the meaning of some religious symbols.
• 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.
• Identify how they have to make their own choices in life.
• Explain how actions affect others.
• Show an understanding of the term ‘morals’.
Religious Education Years 3 and 4
• Present the key teachings and beliefs of a religion.
• Refer to religious figures and holy books to explain answers.
• 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.
• Identify religious symbolism in literature and the arts.
• 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.
• 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.
Religious Education Years 5 and 6
• Explain how some teachings and beliefs are shared between religions.
• Explain how religious beliefs shape the lives of individuals and communities.
• 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.
• Explain some of the different ways that individuals show their beliefs.
• 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.
• 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.