Faith and Belief


Faith and Belief

Birth - 11 Months

8 - 20 Months

16 - 26 Months

Is curious about people and shows interest in stories about themselves and their family.

Enjoys pictures and stories about themselves, their families and other people.

22 - 36 Months

Has a sense of own immediate family and relations.

In pretend play, imitates everyday actions and events from own family and cultural background, e.g. making and drinking tea.

Beginning to have their own friends.

Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from, others.

30 - 50 Months

Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.

Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.

Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.

Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family

40 - 60 Months

Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.

Early Learning Goal

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Age 5-6

Believing : what people believe about God, humanity and the natural world

Story: how and why some stories are sacred and important to religion

Celebrations: how and why celebrations are important in religion

Age 6-7

Symbols: how and why symbols express religious meaning

Leaders and teachers: figures who have an influence on others locally, nationally and globally in religion

Belonging: where and how people belong and why belonging is important

Myself: who I am and my uniqueness as a person in a family or a community.

Age 7-8

Beliefs and questions: how people’s beliefs about God, the world and others impact on their lives

Teachings and authority: what sacred texts and other sources say about God, the world and human life

Age 8-9

Worship, pilgrimage and sacred places: where, how and why people worship, including at particular sites

The journey of life and death: why some occasions are sacred to believers and what people think about life after death

Age 9-10

Symbols and religious expression: how religious and spiritual ideas are expressed

Inspirational people: figures from whom believers find inspiration

Age 10-11

Religion and the individual: what is expected of a person in following a religion or belief

Religion, family and community: how religious families and communities practice their faith, and the contributions this makes to local life

Beliefs in action in the world: how religions and beliefs respond to global issues of human rights, fairness, social justice and the importance of the environment.

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