Religious Education (RE) prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society. It has a significant role to play as it encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
At Cupernham Junior School we teach RE so that children develop an understanding and are tolerant of different beliefs within our community. This enables children to develop respect and appreciation for others, including people with different faiths, beliefs and cultures as well as help to challenge prejudice. RE also helps promote pupils to build on their own sense of identity and belonging in a diverse society through self-awareness and reflection.
At Cupernham Junior School we teach RE through concepts which are inquiry based that allow pupils to learn about religions and beliefs and also learn from religions and belief through the cycle of inquiry.
When teaching RE at Cupernham we follow the Living Difference III, as the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, is the legal document to be followed for the teaching of religious education in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight schools. It is the statutory framework which defines the matters, skills and processes to guide individual schools developing their curriculum for religious education. Pupils at Cupernham Junior school learn about 3 world religions (Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism) throughout their learning journey. We teach 1 RE topic per half term (to meet that statutory requirement of 45 hours per anum) and widen the children’s experience by creating opportunities to explore artefacts, visit places of significance as well as create the sense of awe and wonder.
We aim to provide more coherent and integrated cross-curricular learning experiences to complement the teaching of RE in particular in the upper phase where children can challenge worldviews and express and debate their thoughts and opinions. We follow the Hampshire planning of concepts and are fully supported with resource boxes which compliment the teaching of each concepts.