Programme of Study – RE
DfE EYFS Requirements and Guidance applied to RE
RE in the Early Years Foundation Stage: A legal requirement in the Foundation Year Pupils should encounter religions and worldviews through exploring special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship.
They should listen to and talk about religious stories. Pupils can be introduced to new vocabulary including subject specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They can ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the natural world in which they live.
Religious Education is, unlike the subjects of the National Curriculum, a legal requirement for all pupils on the school roll: this includes all those in the reception year.
In line with the DfE’s new 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage framework schools are to plan RE opportunities through purposeful play and a mix of adult guided and child-initiated activity through the 7 areas of learning. Schools are required to plan their curriculum, including RE, through the Educational Programmes in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
KS1 Programme of study
The Focus of RE for KS1 enables children to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views.
They find out about simple examples of religion that are drawn from local, national and global contexts. They learn to use basic subject specific vocabulary.
They should raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas. The aim of RE is expressed in age appropriate outcomes for most 7 year olds.
Pupils will achieve the outcomes by learning from at least two religions, studying Christianity in each year group and also either Judaism or Islam in key stage 1.
They will study non-religious worldviews as appropriate alongside religions.
Below are KS1’s key questions this year.
1.1: Who am I? Myself and my communities
1.2: How do Christians celebrate Christmas?
1.3: What festivals do Jewish people like to celebrate?
1.4: Find out: what happens in Churches and Synagogues?
1.5: What can we learn from stories about Moses?
1.6: What can we learn from stories of Jesus?
1.7: Beginning to learn about Islam
KS2 Programme of study
The Focus of RE for KS2 enables pupils to 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. The aim of RE is expressed in age appropriate outcomes for most pupils at age 11.
Pupils will achieve the outcomes by learning from at least three religions, studying Christianity in each year group and also Islam and Hinduism. They will study examples of non-religious worldviews alongside religions.
Below are lower KS2 (Y3 & 4) key questions this year.
3.1: What makes Jesus inspirational for some people?
3.2: What is it like to be a Hindu?
3.3: Christian Worship: How and why do some people find peace and strength by belonging to a Church?
Below are Upper KS2 (Y5 & 6) key questions this year.
5.1: How do Christians use the Bible?
5.2: How do Muslims practice the 5 Pillars of Islam?
5.3: Why are there now over 200 mosques in Yorkshire?