We follow Hampshire’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education :Living Difference III. This is the statutory framework which defines the matters, skills and processes to guide individual schools developing their curriculum.
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).
During Key Stage 2 children are required to study Christianity and two other religions, which at Foxhills are 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 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).
The RE curriculum is organised in blocks as recommended in Living Difference lll . Each year group covers six concepts per year, one each half term, which currently are mostly taught as discrete units but may, where applicable, be integrated into a project. Each year group has an allocation of 45 hours per year.
Across Key Stage 2 children at Foxhills Junior develop their knowledge of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam including examples of their traditions, beliefs and stories. They become familiar with religious terms, artefacts and buildings and beliefs, and how beliefs (religious or non – religious), might affect their own lives and that of others.
In addition our RE curriculum:
- Develops and builds a sense of identity and belonging which will help them to flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
- Develops respect for others , including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice
- Prompts the children to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others and how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society, encouraging empathy, generosity and compassion
Withdrawal from RE lessons
Parents and carers 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, enabling them 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.