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AT1 iii Knowledge and understanding of social and moral practices and way of life



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AT1 iii

Knowledge and understanding of social and moral practices and way of life.

Learning About Religion

The focus for moderation this term is AT1 iii. The overall focus of this strand is behaviour and way of life – or in other words, ‘everyday living’. It is concerned with how believers act within society and the world more generally. Rituals and celebrations (the Advent wreath, Advent calendar, Christingle etc - AT1 ii) are part of the way of life of a believer and how Christians prepare to meet Jesus at Christmas . Teachers will be exploring these rituals throughout the topic and will make links to them. However the primary focus for the assessment task should be ‘everyday living’.


Being kind to others, giving generously, being honest and trustworthy – in short treating others as you like to be treated – is not the sole prerogative of Catholic Christians. People who do not profess any faith can be just as kind, compassionate and generous as those who do. What marks the way of life of Christians is why they behave in such a way: beliefs about humanity, the world and a relationship with God prompt certain behaviours. This connection, albeit very simple, is present from the first level.



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