Religious Studies explores the beliefs and practices of all faiths, investigates their impact and effect on the lives of believers, and encourages children to develop a thoughtful and respectful attitude towards other cultures.
Religious Studies also helps to develop critical skills in pupils, helping to instil strong decision making and responsible thinking. By the end of Key Stage 1, children will have a strong knowledge of religious stories, will be able to identify some religious beliefs, teachings and practices, and understand that some are characteristic of more than one religion. They will be able to identify and understand meanings in religious symbols, language and stories, be able to respond sensitively to the experiences and feelings of others, and have a strong sense of right and wrong.
By the end of Key Stage 2 children will have covered the key beliefs and teachings of various religions, connecting them accurately with other features and making some comparisons between religions. They will show understanding of what faith involves, and be able to show how religious beliefs, ideas and feelings can be expressed in a variety of forms, understanding and using technical terminology.
Children are encouraged to ask questions about the significant experiences of key figures, the puzzling aspects of life and moral and religious issues, and be able to suggest answers from their own and others’ experience.