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Religious Education at Marnel Junior School
Religious Education (RE)
The aim of Religious Education is to foster, in pupils, a reflective approach to life and to enrich this process through their study of different faiths. We aim to help children develop a good understanding, empathy, and respect of the right for people to hold and practise beliefs, some of which may be different from their own.
At Marnel Junior School, our Religious Education lessons follow the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus, Living Difference III LivingDifferenceIII-March2017.pdfhants.gov.uk).
The Living Difference III uses a process of enquiry to look at concepts that are common to many religions. One such concept would be Community.
The process of enquiry has five steps: Communicate, Apply, Enquire, Contextualise and Evaluate. Each enquiry begins with the teacher inviting the children into the enquiry by communicating the concept; bringing the child or young person to attend first to their own experience of the concept through an activity before, at the Apply stage, exploring their own responses in relation to others’ experience. At Enquire, material that is new to the children and young people is introduced in varying complexity, children may also reflect collaboratively, for example in a community of philosophical enquiry, recognising that there are many ways of looking at things. At Contextualise, children examine the concept in specific context, for example, through investigating the activities of a local religious community, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, etc. At the Evaluate step, children and young people are asked to weigh up their experience of the concept in two ways. First from the viewpoint of someone living a religious (or non-religious) life, as in the context studied. Secondly, the children and young people come to discern what may be of value from their own point of view.
In Years three and four, children look at the beliefs and cultures of Sikhs and Christians while in Years five and six, children will learn about the Muslim faith in addition to Christianity.
Through Religious Education, children learn to be curious, open-minded, reflective and respectful. They learn to discuss and debate and think critically which are all important skills for life. Our school is multi-cultural and our children are hugely respectful of one another, recognising and respecting the similarities and differences in the way in which they lead their lives.
Parental right of withdrawal
In accordance with the Education Act 1996, School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and Education Act 2002, parents have the right to withdraw their children from the teaching of Religious Education. If this is something you are considering, please contact the school to arrange an appointment to discuss this.