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Religious Education Attainment Strands

Attainment Standards

The syllabus is currently being updated to incorporate the new ‘Age Related Standards of Religious Education’ by following the interim document approved by The Department of Catholic Education and Formation of The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England Wales. These standards are an ‘evolution’ of the Levels of Attainment in Religious Education and rather than being used as a tool to effectively ‘grade’ students in year groups as Levels previously did, Standards instead are ‘descriptions of what pupils at different ages are expected to achieve by the end of that age-related phase’ (Age-Related Standards (3-19) in

Religious Education; An interim document approved for use in Catholic Schools by

The Department of Catholic Education and Formation of

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales page 3). 

 

These age phases appropriate to The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School are: 

  • 3-5
  • 5-7
  • 7-11

Within these Standards children continue to ‘learn about’ and learn from’ religion, with the addition of a ‘new discrete skills strand’: Analysis and Evaluation. A skill which is an essential skill at GCSE and A Level but arguably ‘a skill that can be developed from the beginning of Religious Education learning and so constitutes a part of the interim Standards document for Primary schools too.’ (Age-Related Standards (3-19) in Religious Education; An interim document approved for use in Catholic Schools by The Department of Catholic Education and Formation of

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales page 4). 

 

Each Attainment Target focuses on specific skills to be developed by the end of each phase: 

AT1: Knowledge and Understanding (“learning about”)

  • Developing knowledge and understanding
  • Making links and connections
  • Historical development
  • Religious specialist vocabulary

 

AT2: Engagement and Response (“learning from”)

  • Meaning and Purpose
  • Beliefs and Values. 

 

AT3: Using sources as evidence

  • Construct arguments
  • Make judgements
  • Recognise diversity

Analyse and deconstruct 

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