Religious Education is taught at Bitterne CE (VC) Primary school, within the school's curriculum programme and follows the Southampton, Hampshire and Portsmouth agreed syllabus 'Living Difference'.
Living Difference identifies that people following different beliefs actually live them out; we encounter different interpretations of the world and this has practical effects. We have to understand how and why people live differently from each other and respect their right to do so. Living Difference identifies that respecting difference requires us to engage with difference confidently. We need to identify how and why we have different beliefs, attitudes and practices from other people. By doing this, we can gain respect for others. Living Difference pays particular importance upon the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students.
Our aim is to encourage a more reflective approach to the meaning, purpose and value of life and to study the belief and practices of Christianity and other world faiths. In Key Stage 1 children learn about Christianity and Hinduism and children in Key Stage 2 study Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The school fosters a sympathetic appreciation of a variety of religious beliefs and attitudes. We have strong links with the Bitterne churches, working together on the development of the RE curriculum. The school actively celebrates the Christian festivals of Harvest, Christmas and Easter at Holy Saviour Church.