Religion & World Views
The Religious Education curriculum at Atwood aims to enable each pupil to understand, reflect upon and develop their own personal worldview. By understanding how worldviews are formed, change over time and are expressed at both individual and communal levels, pupils will come to a refined understanding of their own worldview as well as those of others, thus enabling them to be informed, tolerant and responsible citizens.
What is our approach to RE?
The curriculum will borrow from the following disciplines and in doing so will intertwine with the PSHE and Humanities curricula at Atwood.
- Theology Pupils will engage with ways in which human beings experience and interact with faith, God and religion. They will explore key ideas, cultural practices, similarities and differences associated with major world religions. They will also explore non-religious worldviews such as Atheism, Secularism and Humanism.
- Philosophy Pupils will explore the ways in which different worldviews, both religious and non-religious, attempt to understand the world, human existence, morality and ethics.
- Sociology Pupils will explore how religious and non-religious worldviews interact with society and identities, create social relationships and impact culture and politics.
Links to the local context are forged through trips to places of religious significance and sharing experiences and perspectives from the parent and local community.
What does our approach to RE look like in the classroom?
RE is taught once a week through an hour-long lesson. Lessons follow a 6-part structure including a starter activity, a partner task and an independent task. Below are a few key principles underpinning RE lessons at Atwood:
- provides opportunities for children to engage with big questions about the world for which there are no fixed answers.
- creates a safe space for children to ask questions including uncomfortable and/or critical ones
- builds a culture of openness, respect and tolerance
- is rooted in a firm understanding of the concept of worldviews as a way of understanding the world.
- distinguishes between institutional worldviews and personal worldviews
- invites the local context and children’s experiences into the classroom
- makes connections across the curriculum.
- encourages the creation of a logical argument and a culture of respectful debate and discussion
- is planned to the same level of rigour and high expectations as with any area of the curriculum
How do we measure success in RE?
Most lessons in RE will result in an independent task recorded in pupils’ RE books. Due to the nature of the subject, some lessons will result in learning tasks that take the form of performance tasks such as debates. These will be recorded in class PSHE floor-books, which move with the pupils as they go up the school.