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Longparish Church of England Primary School (Aided)

Religious Education

In Religious Education (RE), we study the diversity of the world and different religious beliefs and practices.

We follow the Hampshire agreed syllabus 'Living Difference IV', which encapsulates the key religions represented in the UK.

 It is our intent for the Religious Education element of our school curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how religious education enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for life-long learning.

Through RE we aim to enable children to acquire an understanding, appreciation and respect for the many different beliefs that people hold, with a specific focus on Christian traditions.

We will help children to gain an awareness of their own feelings and develop an understanding of the needs and feelings of others. Children make use of different resources to develop understanding and make R.E. meaningful to them. Much of our RE teaching is carried out through exploring the children’s ideas and emphasis is given to discussion and positive, quality talk.

Our religious education learning provides a rich and wide range of experiences which give children opportunities to develop concepts and skills that will help them to make sense of their own experiences and beliefs, and to understand the beliefs and practices of members of faith communities through open, fair minded enquiry.

As a Church of England School we also ensure that the daily act of collective worship reflects the Christian foundation of the school and takes into account the age, aptitude and background of pupils.

(Living Difference IV is the agreed syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. It is informed by current educational research, as well as research into religion and worldviews and it builds on the approach to religious education used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004.)