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The Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
Informed by current educational research, as well as research into religion and worldviews, it builds on the approach to religious education used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004. This revision demonstrates the ongoing and fruitful partnership that exists between the four authorities, ensuring a syllabus capable of securing high-quality religious education for all children and young people who encounter it, at this point in history.
To view the Living Difference 1V Agreed Syllabus - click HERE.
The children usually study one unit of RE each half-term; these units are based around three of the major world religions. At Bishop's Waltham Junior School, we study Hinduism in Years 3 and 4, and Islam in Years 5 and 6, with Christianity being studied across all 4 years.
|Stories of Jesus
|Angels in the Birth Narrative
|Key Events of the Easter Week
|Places of Worship
|The Cycle of Life and Rebirth
|Muhammad and his Life
|Prayer and Worship
|The Five Pillars of Islam
|The Christian Story
|Rites of Passage
|The Birth Narratives
|The Empty Cross
|Images of Jesus
Living Difference 1V
What is distinctive about Living Difference 1V?
Living Difference IV, rather than being a precise prescription, offers a set of principles for teachers to make their curriculum to ensure religious education is open to the plurality of ways in which people live in our local, national and international communities.
Living Difference IV describes an approach for teaching, seeking to explain the educational value not only of children engaging with new material intellectually, but also of them becoming better able to discern what is desirable for their own lives, and with others, for the world.
Living Difference IV 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:
Living Difference IV recognises the link between religious education and rights respecting education (RRE).
Teaching with Living Difference 1V
Religious education in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton intends to play an educational part in the lives of children and young people as they come to speak, think and act in the world.
This entails teachers bringing children and young people first to attend to their own experience and that of others, to engage intellectually with material that is new and to discern with others what is valuable with regard to living a religious life or one informed by a non-religious or other perspective.
Curriculum making with Living Difference 1V
Living Difference IV uses three broad, and at times overlapping, groups of concepts/words which assist with the making and organising a spiral curriculum.
This is so that the material encountered and studied by young people through the teaching activities is well sequenced, connected and revisited over time.
End of year expectations (EYEs) are included in the syllabus and must be used to inform curriculum making; both in terms of what should be taught, as well as to ensure appropriate challenge over time.
A parent of a pupil at a maintained school can request that their child is wholly or partly excused from:
The school must grant such requests.
The right of parents to withdraw their children from religious education (RE) lessons is set out in section 71(1) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, in paragraph 1.