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Range and Content
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should explore Christianity and three other
principal religions. They learn about different beliefs about God and the world
around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts
and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are
expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They
begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief,
especially for other children and their families. Pupils ask relevant questions
and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations.
They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves,
reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of
The Agreed Syllabus places importance on the belief that in the Primary
phase pupils are able to find out more about their own faith and that of others. Teachers should select in Key Stage 1 those faiths that most represent the pupils in the school community. This syllabus is constructed so that in Key Stage 1 pupils will find out about Christianity and three other major faiths and in Key Stage 2 they will study Christianity and all five other main faiths. During this revision, content to be covered in relation to these faiths has been reduced but there is no change in the number of faiths to be studied across Key Stages 1 and 2.