As a Voluntary Controlled Church School, we provide opportunities to understand the Anglican church year both at school and at the Parish Church.
The teaching of RE complies with the locally Agreed Syllabus, 'Living Difference III' for Hampshire and we also make use of ‘Understanding Chrisitanity’ alongside this.
In line with ‘Living Difference III’ (December 2016), the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, lessons promote an enquiry approach to Religious education and children are provided with opportunities to explore concepts and begin from a child’s experience.
A – Concepts which are common to all people e.g. celebration, remembering, peace
B – Concepts which are shared by many religions e.g. worship, pilgrimage
C – Concepts which are distinctive to particular religions (or non-religious traditions) e.g. Umma, Trinity,
‘Understanding Christianity’ aims to provide pupils with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice as part of a wider religious, theological and cultural literacy. Doing justice to Christianity as a world faith, it aims to raise the level of pupils’ religious literacy, draw pupils into deeper understanding of the Bible, provide them with opportunities to explore how Christian belief and practice are shaped. It makes connections with other areas of belief and understanding and encourages reflection, evaluation and application.
In R.E. lessons, Foundation Stage pupils are required to study concepts that are within children's own experiences and are the basis of concept development in KS1. KS1 pupils study Christianity and one other religion, Judaism. Lower KS2 (Y3/4) pupils study Christianity and one other religion, not been previously studied, Hinduism and we will also explore one Buddhist concept. Upper KS2 (Y5/6) pupils study Christianity and one other religion, which has not been previously studied - Islam. By the end of KS2, four religions will have been studied, with the emphasis being on Christianity. This is to reflect the fact that religious traditions in Britain are mainly Christian.
Our R.E. Overview can be found below:
The recommended time allocation for RE is: - Foundation and KS1: 36 hours per year - KS2: 45 hours per year
Depending on the topic and the teacher, R.E. will be taught either during a regular weekly session, or in a ‘block’ of a few days.
Examples of children's learning and reflections in R.E. can be found below. For example, in our Y1 Special Books unit we look at the importance of the Bible for Christians and the Torah for Jews; in our Y5 Pilgrimages unit we study the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj; and in our Y4 God Talk unit we look at both the Christian Trinity and the Hindu Trimurti. Core Literacy skills are also developed through Religious Education teaching, such as writing a balanced argument, communicating ideas clearly and reading religious texts for meaning. We also teach R.E. creatively and look for opportunities to develop our artistic skills (painting our interpretation of religious concepts) and practical skills (building a sukkah or making a Holi sweet).
A link to our R.E. Policy and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Policy can be found below: