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Religious Education – Year 1


Download our Year 1 Religious Education syllabus here.

Knowledge and Understanding



Learning about religion (AT1)

  • Explore a range of religious stories and sacred writings.
  • Name and explore a range of celebrations, worship and rituals in religion.
  • Identify meanings for religious symbols and begin to use a range of religious words.

Learning from religion (AT2)

  • Reflect on how spiritual and moral values relate to their own behaviour.

Learning about religion (AT1)

  • Use words and phrases, such as: worship, wonder, praise, thanks, concern, joy and sadness.
  • Sort objects/events on a simple timeline, to understand the passing of time.

Learning about religion (AT1)

  • When exploring a range of religious stories and sacred writings talk about their meanings
  • Suggest meanings for religious words when talking.
  • Discuss how spiritual and moral values relate to their own behaviour, by talking about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.

Learning from religion (AT2)

  • Talk about religious and spiritual feelings, experiences and concepts such as worship, wonder, praise, thanks, concern, joy and sadness.

Problem Solving

Ask and respond imaginatively to puzzling, relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations.



ICT Links


  • Use digital cameras to take photographs of religious buildings
  • Use ICT for research
  • Visit Church in local community
  • Attending Year4/5 Christmas/Easter performance
  • Year 3 Christingle in church



Autumn Focus

Spring Focus

Summer Focus

Who am I and why am I special?
How and why do Christians celebrate harvest?
What does it mean to belong in Christianity?
Why are gifts given at Christmas?
Why is Jesus special to Christians?
Why is Easter special for Christians?
How do both Jews and Christians think the world was created?
How do Jews worship at home?

Reviewed by: KP, AD, JB Summer 2012 Key questions to be added
Reviewed Summer 2012 by ND Subject Leader – key questions added
Reviewed Summer 2014 by ND SP Subject Leader

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