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Religious Education
Excellence - Respect - Enjoyment


During their time at Southwood Infant School, children learn about Christianity and one other world faith, Judaism. They explore and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious material relevant to both these religions. Throughout the school children learn that beliefs are expressed in different ways by different people. We aim at all times to encourage children to be sensitive to other people and to the world around them. Children get the chance to talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.

Teaching and Learning

We follow “Living Difference III”, which is the agreed syllabus for Hampshire Schools. The units ensure continuity and progression throughout the school. Should you wish your child not to participate in this area of the curriculum please discuss this with the Headteacher.

Children are encouraged to start from their own experiences and apply them to a range of concepts. The key skills developed in this approach are

  • Enquiry
  • Communication
  • Contextualisation
  • Application
  • Evaluation

In each year group the RE curriculum is delivered in half termly blocked units rather than in weekly lessons.

Concepts covered

Year R

  • Celebratiion (Birthdays, Christmas, Divali)
  • Learning from stories Jesus told
  • Celebrating (Easter)
  • New life 
  • Special places and things
  • Creation

Key Stage 1 – Cycle A

  • Harvest and symbol of bread (Symbolism)
  • Nativity Journey’s (Journeys) 
  • The Bible (Authority)
  • Easter / Passover (Remembering)
  • People Jesus met (Change)
  • Belonging to Judaism (Belonging)

Key Stage 1 – Cycle B

  • Harvest and Sukkot (Thankfulness)
  • Hanukah and Christmas (Light as a symbol)
  • Special Places (Specialness)
  • Easter (Happiness and Saddness)
  • shabbat (Remembering)
  • Water as a symbol (Preciousness)

Bread as a symbol Autumn 1- 2019

Year 1 and 2 have been learning all about symbolism this week as part of the RE curriculum.

We had a visit from Denise at Morrisons who bought in lots of different types of bread for us to look at. Then on Tuesday Reverend Stewart talked about bread as a symbol to Christians.

On Wednesday the children learnt how to make bread and made individual bread rolls in a symbol which meant something special to them. 

Year R have been busy learning all about the Diwali, the Festival of Light.  The children explored colour mixing, patterns, mask making and role playing the story of Rama and Sita.

Year 2 children celebrating the Friday night dinner ritual undertaken by Jews to celebrate the end of the week and beginning of a new one.