At Rucstall Primary School we use the agreed syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton which is called Living Difference IV.
RE - Implementation
Throughout their time at Rucstall Primary school, learners will engage with a range of religions. All years study Christianity whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.”
At Rucstall Primary School learners engage with the following religions:
EYFS - Christianity and Judaism
Years 1 and 2 - Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism
Years 3 and 4 - Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism
Years 5 and 6 - Christianity, Judaism and Islam
In EYFS the children look at Christianity and Judaism. These are both monotheistic religions and share similar beliefs and features. This similarity will support children in their early exploration of religion.
Moving on to Hinduism in KS1 and Years 3 and 4 allows the children to explore a contrasting, polytheistic religion. Hinduism has rituals and practices which are not shared by Christianity or Judaism, and originates from a new part of the world. Throughout this learning children will be able to enquire into beliefs and rituals which they may not have previously encountered.
In Years 5 and 6 children explore Islam. This is studied in the older years to allow the learners to critically think about their perceptions of Islam. Pupils are able to contextualise their knowledge of Islam, and how this is presented in the media, within the wider beliefs of the religion.
Throughout their learning in RE, pupils will be exposed to increasingly complex concepts, which will be examined through the cycle of enquiry process.