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Curriculum Leaders: Stuart Cameron and Jade Millar (maternity leave)

Welcome to the Religious Education page. Here you will find information about our curriculum and be able to see some of the super learning that takes place in R.E.



At Oakridge we believe that it is important for all of our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. We feel that it is important for the children to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour. We want them to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Religious education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE and our teaching of British values, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. The promotion of British values ensures that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. We strongly encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences as well as respecting the differences between us that we may encounter.




Religious Education is taught throughout key stage 1 and 2 in such a way as to reflect the overall aims and values of the school. Our curriculum follows the Hampshire Living Difference III syllabus and is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence. In September 2022 the school will be following the updated syllabus from Hampshire, Living Difference IV


The religions studied at key stage 1 are Christianity and Judaism and at key stage 2 are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.


Living Difference III starts at the point of exploration and follows an enquiry cycle that enables the children to explore their own experiences of concepts before looking at them in a wider context. The 5-step approach (communicate, apply, enquire, contextualise, evaluate) underpins our planning and delivery of Religious Education within our school. This ensures that lessons:

  • engage pupils in exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain
  • develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook
  • enable learners to become aware of their own beliefs and values
  • encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own


Living Difference IV (New for September 2022)

This syllabus, Living Difference IV, is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.



Open the Book Assemblies Spring 2022

Open the Book Assemblies Autumn term 2021

Easter Fun with One Church Basingstoke


The children were given an Easter activity by One Church.  The children talked about why Easter is an important time for Christians.  One Church provided videos of stories from The Bible to help the children understand the meaning of Easter.  Then the children completed their Easter booklets in class.