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One of the aims at Fair Oak Junior School is to raise spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. We believe that teaching RE is a major part of achieving this aim. As well as the taught curriculum, the acts of collective worship, and the ethos of the school (as exemplified by the Code of Conduct) make important contributions. There will be links with other areas of the curriculum, including PSHE.
At Fair Oak Junior School we follow the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus, ‘Living Difference.’ This syllabus adopts a concept approach to the teaching of learning of RE. This involves communicating the children’s own response to a specific concept, applying the concept to situations in life, enquiring into the concept in a secular and religious sense. There will be contextualising of the concept in religious belief and practice and an evaluation of the worth and purpose of the religious belief, practice or activity.
Christianity and two other world religions are studied in the course of Key Stage 2. At Fair Oak Junior School these are Judaism and Hinduism. However, other world religions are introduced where appropriate to the concepts studied. In Year 6 this would include Islam. The ‘special assemblies’ at Harvest, Christmas and Easter are also important in developing the children’s understanding of religion. As well as through speaking, listening and drama, the children have the opportunity to engage with the concepts studied through writing, art, music and ICT.
RE as well as contributing to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development also helps in the children’s personal development. It helps them evaluate different types of commitment and also enables them to “walk in someone else’s shoes” so that they have a tolerance and understanding of different viewpoints.