Rucstall Primary School

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Religious Education

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 and KS1 - Christianity and Judaism 
Years 3 and 4 - Christianity and Hinduism 
Years 5 and 6 - Christianity and Islam 


In EYFS and KS1 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 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. 


These concepts progress through the following: 
A    Concepts common to all people 
B    Concepts shared by many religions 
C    Concepts distinctive to particular religions


EYFSBelongingCelebrationFamilySharingSpecial ThingsChange
Year 1ThankingJourneysAuthorityRememberingSpecial ClothesStorytelling
Year 2Special BooksLight as a symbolSpecial PlacesSad and HappyChangeGod
Year 3Water in RitualsGood and EvilTransformationTemptationPilgrimageHoly
Year 4CeremonyFood in RitualsAngelsIdentityPlaces of WorshipPrayer
Year 5BeginningsGiftsSubmissionResurrectionSacredMiracles
Year 6ImageryCommunityTrinitySalvationBelongingStewardship