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Other Faiths

At St Joseph's, we follow the recommendations in ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ regarding the teaching of Other Faiths from a Catholic perspective. In Key Stage 1 children focus on learning and consolidating the Catholic faith before learning about Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism in Key Stage 2. Children need to be secure and comfortable in their own faith before they can go forward to appreciate and evaluate other faiths.

By the time children begin KS2 they should have some knowledge and a growing understanding of the Gospels and the practice and traditions of the Catholic faith. With this foundation in place, they can confidently learn about other religions and respect the truth and goodness inherent in them. Children will also be given the opportunity to learn about other cultures through their cross curricular topics in Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 along with visits in school by different faith groups and out fo school in visits to religious buildings and communities.

Year 3 study different aspects of Judaism;
In 3.3 Called to Change, they study the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
In 3.4 Eucharist, they study the Sabbath for Jews.
In 3.5 Celebrating Easter and Pentecost, they study Jewish Feast of Pentecost.
In 3.6 Being a Christian, they study St Paul, the Pharisee.

Year 4 the focus is primarily Judaism, however, there is also a module on other faith communities.
In 4.1 The Bible, they learn about Jewish Scriptures.
In 4.3 Jesus the Teacher, they learn about the Temple and the Synagogue.
In 4.6 Belonging to the Church, they learn about other faith communities.

Year 5 is the focus year in the teaching of other faiths.
In 5.2 The Commandments, they learn about the role of the Commandments in the Jewish faith.
In 5.5 The Risen Jesus, they learn about prayer in Islam.
In 5.6 People of Other Faiths, this module is the key module in the teaching of other faiths and gives an opportunity to extend their knowledge of other faiths and have the opportunity to learn about Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism.

Year 6 children extend and apply their knowledge of other faiths, in particular Islam and Judaism.
6.2 Justice, research on people of other faiths such as Mohandas Gandhi and the Prophet Mohammad and how they have fought for justice.
6.3. Jesus the Bread of Life, children will learn about the Jewish festival of Passover.
6.6. Called to Serve, research examples of people or organisations of other faiths who have used their talents and gifts to help those in need.

Links to Other faiths in RE