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REligious education

We follow the locally agreed syllabus for Hampshire ‘Living Difference’ which outlines the recommended programmes to be studied . Children’s experiences of RE are usually based around a ‘big idea’ known as a ‘concept’. Each half term children follow a conceptual enquiry approach which allows them to make sense of the world, including their ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.’ Each concept is taught in a similar pattern to that of ‘communicate, apply, enquire, contextualize and evaluate’. ‘Living Difference’ divides concepts into the following groups:

  •  Concepts that are common to all human experiences
  •  Concepts that are shared by many religions
  •  Concepts that are specific to particular religions.

The purpose of religious education Living Difference III seeks to introduce children and young people to what a religious way of looking at and existing in the world may offer in leading one’s life, individually and collectively. It recognises and acknowledges that the question as to what it means to lead one’s life with such an orientation can be answered in a number of qualitatively different ways. These include the idea that to live a religious life means to subscribe to certain propositional beliefs (religion as truth); the idea that to live a religious life means to adhere to certain practices (religion as practice); and the idea that to live a religious life is characterised by a particular way of being in and with the world: with a particular kind of awareness of and faith in the world and in other human beings (religion as existence). These three ways of conceptualising religion also relate to different theological positions and may be found as overlapping to different extents within any particular religious tradition.

Religious education at Emsworth Primary intends to play an educative part in the lives of children and young people as they come to speak, think and act in the world. This approach 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).

We encourage our pupils to ask questions, be open and understanding,  challenge stereotypes and discuss contentious issues. 

It is our intention to adhere to The Education Act of 1996 which requires that all children across Foundation, Key Stage 1 and 2 should be taught RE. It is parents right to withdraw their child from any part of RE if they so wish - please contact the school if you wish to discuss this.

 Our whole school RE curriculum map is available here.