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Religious Education





Milestone One

(Key Stage One)



Milestone Two

(Lower Key Stage Two)


Milestone Three

(Upper Key Stage Two)

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 building 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.