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Key Stage Two guidelines

These guidelines are for voluntary aided church schools in the Diocese of Guildford.

Click on the unit title to open the unit plan.

These are the documents that you will need as you plan and teach the Keys Stage 2 curriculum.

Key Stage 2 curriculum overview
This explains where the RE learning at Key Stage 1 fits into the children's learning journey. It sets out the units that are compulsory and those that are optional.

Big ideas booklet
This explains how the learning in each unit fits into the bigger picture of RE across the primary phase.

How the unit is set out
This explains the purpose of each of the boxes on the unit plans.

Beginner's guide to enquiry based learning in RE (Coming soon)
This booklet takes you through the process of using the enquiry approach to teaching and learning in RE.

Guildford Diocese pupil speak ladder of progression

Guildford Diocese statements of attainment and progression

A suggested long term plan
Schools do not have to use this, but might find it helpful

Summary of beliefs and practices of the religions studied at Key Stage Two
Information for teachers.

An explanation of the specialist language used in religions.

What have we done with the old ASUs?
If you have taught using the ASUs in the past, this shows you where they have been used in the new guidelines.

Online resources
Some useful websites with resources for teaching and learning RE.

Compulsory Units: Christianity

'not less than 70% of RE time should be spent on Christianity'

There are 26 Christianity units, including a Christmas and Easter unit for each year group.
*Units marked with an asterisk were formerly ASUs

Units for Key Stage Two


Compulsory Units: Other Faiths

'Not more than 30% of RE time should be spent on studying other faiths'

Islam: 2 units;  Judaism: 2 units;  Hinduism: 1 unit;  Buddhism: 1 unit, to be studied in Year 6.

Units for Key Stage Two

Fact sheet to support teaching KS2 Judaism units

Information and links to resources for teachers teaching the KS2 Judaism units of work
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Fact sheet to support What is the Buddhist way of life? unit

Information for teachers preparing the teach the unit "What is the Buddhist way of life?" This is not designed to be given to pupils.
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Factsheet to support KS2 Islam

This factsheet contains background information for teachers. Also suggestions of suitable websites and books that may be used to teach the KS2 Islam unit. It is not intended to be given to the children.
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