KS2

Designing the curriculum for Key Stage 2

 

“Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should be introduced to an extended range of sources and subject-specific vocabulary. They should be encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Pupils should learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views” (NCFRE p21).

 

A balanced curriculum would include:

 

a.  Learning about the nature of religion and belief exploring questions about the nature, truth, meaning and value of religion and belief

 

Examples
This could include being taught about:

  • ways in which people describe their spiritual experience
  • what is meant by belief including study of non-religious beliefs
  • different ways in which religions use kinds of language to express ideas about, e.g. God, creation, the afterlife
  • the place of religions and worldviews in the local community
  • questions such as ‘How do we know what is true?’ and ‘How do we know what is the right thing to do?’

 

b.  Learning about Christianity, focusing on the way in which beliefs, practices and ways of life link together, recognising diversity of interpretation.

 

Examples
This could include being taught about:

  • the main beliefs of Christians and some of the different ways in which these are interpreted;
  • the Bible and other key sources of authority for Christians;
  • the life and significance of Jesus as a key figure for Christians;
  • ways that different groups of Christians and individuals express their beliefs in terms of worship, celebrations, festivals, places of worship, poetry and art;
  • the influence Christianity has on the way individuals live their lives;
  • the impact of Christianity in the local community and the wider contemporary world.

 

c. Learning about at least two other religions and/or worldviews, focusing on the way in which beliefs, practices and ways of life link together, recognising diversity of interpretation.

 

Examples
This could include being taught about:

  • the main beliefs of the religion or worldview and the diversity of ways in which these are interpreted
  • the key sources of authority within the religion or worldview
  • study of the life and significance of a key figure(s) in the religion or worldview
  • ways that different groups and individuals express their beliefs e.g. in the case of a religion, in terms of worship, celebrations, festivals, places of worship
  • the influence which the religion or worldview has on the way individuals live their lives
  • the impact of the religion or worldview in the local community and the wider contemporary world

 

Exemplars of curricula developed for different school contexts can be seen here in Spring 2015.

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