We follow Hampshire's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education: Living Difference III. This is a statutory framework which defines the matters, skills and processes to guide individual schools developing their curriculum for religious education.
Our intention is to introduce children to what a religious way of looking at, and existing in, the world may offer in leading one’s life, individually and collectively. It also provides opportunities to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development whilst developing their critical and creative thinking through enquiry.
Religious education is intended to play an educative part in the lives of children as they come to speak, think and act in the world. This entails teachers encouraging children first to consider their own experience and that of others, to engage intellectually with material that is new and to discern with others what is valuable with regard to living a religious life or one informed by a non-religious or other perspective. This approach to religious education is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Articles 12, 13, 14 and 30, and supports the work of rights respecting education (RRE).
At Key Stage 2 children are required to study Christianity and two other religions. As from September 2016, alongside Christianity, we will teach Hinduism in Years 3 and 4 and Islam in Years 5 and 6.
The key skills of religious education in Living Difference III are the enquiry skills of Communicate, Apply, Enquire, Contextualise and Evaluate. These enquiry skills are used to investigate various concepts: A concepts, which are common to all people (e.g. good and evil), B concepts, that are shared by many faiths (e.g.ritual) and, in Years 5 and 6,the introduction of C concepts which are distinctive to particular religions (e.g. resurrection).
Withdrawal from RE lessons
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from part or all of the RE curriculum. However, we hope that parents will see the value in this subject, to enable to widen their understanding and acceptance of differences between individuals and communities.
If parents have any concerns about the RE curriculum they are welcome to discuss them with their child’s class teacher for clarification of content.