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R.E. at Portsdown


In order to better understand our own beliefs and values, we must also learn from the values and beliefs of others. R.E. At Portsdown, we encourage children to explore their own beliefs and experience the beliefs of others so that they can consider and reflect on how others in their community live.


 In accordance with the Education Act (2006), the teaching of Religious Education at Portsdown Primary School follows the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus ‘Living Difference III’, the children learn about the main religions in the country, with a particular emphasis on Christianity.

Although the main learning focus at our school is Christianity, the children are taught other key religions which are non-Christian denominations identified in the Agreed Syllabus. Years 1 and 4 study Judaism, Years 3 and 5 study Hinduism and Years 2 and 6 study Islam. 


To help support the delivery of the curriculum, we use the Discovery RE scheme in school. This is an enquiry approach to RE that consistently delivers excellent learning outcomes. This scheme of work makes RE a learning experience to look forward to, for both teachers and pupils. It provides a safe enquiry place and encourages the big questions. The scheme enhances critical thinking and evaluation skills. It supports spiritual development and equips the children for living in a diverse world. 

The children are encouraged to make thoughtful and respectful responses to religion, asking deeper questions so that they better determine their own set of morals and values.


The teaching and learning methods of Religious Education is planned to employ a wide range of teaching methods including:

  • Visits to places of worship.
  • Exploring Religious artefacts.
  • Listening to religious stories.
  • Visits by members of faith communities.
  • Reflection on religious symbols, sounds and the use of silence.
  • Art, music, dance, including concerts and performances.
  • Experiential learning through drama.
  • RE is a delivered through a process of enquiry into concepts. This allows children to develop skills such as critical thinking. 
  • Another really valued part of religious education is the children themselves sharing about their own religion, as the other children respond really well to hearing from their peers.


How you can support your child at home

Having regular discussions about your own beliefs, as well as those of friends and other family members is really important. It is important for children to come into contact with different members of community to see how their religious views impact their life. We live in a diverse city with so many amazing experiences and events based around different religious festivals and celebrations.




Portsdown Primary School has adopted the Living Difference 3 syllabus. See below for more information.

Living Difference 3 document

Key Concepts taught in child speak