Key Stage 1
Reflect on individual response to the world.
The purpose of this objective is to help pupils develop skills in reflection. This will require
the right atmosphere, time, space and stimuli. Teachers should choose stimuli which
they can relate to easily and also encourage pupils to bring in natural objects or images
which are special to them. Details about stilling and guided imagery can be found in
Mary Stone’s book (see Appendix to Agreed Syllabus). Ask children to use all their
senses to explore the objects and give them time to talk about their feelings and
opinions. For some children this will relate to their religious convictions about the world.
In Buddhism, for example, there is the teaching that everything is inter-connected with
everything else and so nothing should be harmed or damaged.
AT1 and 2
Know that Earth is a vulnerable planet which needs our care.
'Right Livelihood' and 'right action', two elements of the Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism,
involve caring for the world. No one should cause harm to any living thing through their
work or actions and, positively, all living beings should be protected and unharmed.
Know that religions have teaching about creation and the world.
There is no creation story in the Buddhist scriptures. The Buddha said that we should
not concern ourselves with questions to which there are no answers but concentrate
rather on seeking enlightenment and escape from suffering. The key elements in
Buddhism are the teachings on the inter-dependence and interconnectedness of all living
things. To harm one part is to have an impact on all parts. This links directly with the
practice of non-injury or non-violence (the first precept).
AT1 and 2
Know that we all inhabit one world.
This objective is to help pupils reflect on the responsibility for the world which we all
share. Demonstrating care about the way the classroom