Religion and Worldviews

Curriculum intent for Religion and Worldviews

At Scargill CofE Primary, Religions and Worldviews is a key part of the curriculum and provides children with knowledge and understanding of major world religions and worldviews as well as opportunities to consider their own personal worldview. The principal aim of Religion and worldviews is to engage children in enquiry in to important life questions that religion and worldviews address, so they can develop understanding and skills needed to appreciate and evaluate different responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. They learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious worldviews make. Pupils learn to express their insights and to agree or disagree respectfully.

The curriculum for R&W aims to ensure that all pupils:  

1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews 

2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews. 

3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews. 

(Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus 2020 p7) 

Religion and worldviews offers opportunities for personal reflection and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. It enables pupils to explore their own beliefs, ideas, feelings, experiences, and values in the light of what they learn. 

What do our pupils say?
'We learn about lots of different beliefs, it helps you to make your own mind up.'
'It is good to hear from different point of view and see real people like visitors and trips.'
'I like getting to know the Bible better, it's like a history book.'
'R&W is important as you find out about people in your community'.
'In R&W we find out what matters to people.'
How is Religion and worldviews taught at Scargill?
The Governors of Scargill have determined that the school uses the Derby Diocesan Religious Education Syllabus, as a basis for the R&W curriculum. As a school, we use this alongside Understanding Christianity, to ensure curriculum coverage.
R&W is taught through play, drama, art, writing, videos, workshops and discussion and provides children with opportunities to ask and answer questions, extend their knowledge and consider their own and others beliefs and practices. Where possible, Children are given the opportunity to visit places of worship and take part in workshops or meet with visitors with different worldviews at least bi-annually throughout their time at Scargill .
Teachers use themes from the syllabus, plus Understanding Christianity units, in order to encourage children to look at their own experience, ask questions, discover things for themselves, explore ideas and respond creatively. Christianity is a world religion, but other worldviews also play an important role in our society and have much to contribute to education, therefore opportunities are given for the inclusion of different worldviews within the curriculum.  
What is the impact?
By the time our pupils leave Scargill we would hope that they;
  • will value diversity and develop respect and tolerance for other faiths and beliefs.
  • enjoy Religion and worldviews and appreciate its importance.
  • have a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and worldviews studied which provides a secure base for learning in KS3 and beyond.
  • are able to describe how religious and non-religious beliefs are expressed in diverse ways.
  • have a knowledge and understanding of the significance and impact of beliefs and practices to believers, the community and societies around the world.
  • will know that beliefs can affect the values and actions of people.
  • will have the opportunity to make sense of their own worldview.
  • are able to use an enquiry based approach to their learning; asking challenging questions and debating these drawing on the sources used to back up their viewpoints. 
  • are able to consider ultimate questions and issues of truth and meaning in both religious and non-religious terms.
  • to be able to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.