Religion and World Views
The curriculum intends:
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. This allows pupils to gain, the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Whilst our Religion and Worldviews curriculum is taught through knowledge and skills, it centres on enabling pupils to be successful in the wider world of work by understanding that beliefs and cultures exist that are different from their own. Knowing that these different beliefs and cultures exist, and understanding that it is important to be tolerant and understanding toward other human beings is vital to our Religion and Worldviews curriculum.
The curriculum intends:
- To support pupils to make sense of different beliefs
- Help pupils to make connections between the beliefs they study
- Understand the impact of beliefs on those that believe them
- By exposing pupils to different faiths and cultures, for pupils to have a foundation upon which to build and critically evaluate their own views and beliefs
Our curriculum delivery:
The RE curriculum at Combe Pafford School centres on the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus (2019). The syllabus is cyclical in its nature and means that religions and topics are revisited regularly to allow pupils to access, not only a broad range of religious and non-religious views, but also encourages a deeper level of learning as their journey develop. We have responded to recent changes in RE by ensuring both religious and non-religious views are represented. Consequently, throughout their education pupils will explore: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism, Judaism, Sikhism and other non-religious worldviews.
In Key Stage Four, there is a change in focus to a more philosophical and ethical approach. Pupils study ethical and moral issues through the lens of predominantly Christianity and Islam. This allows them to engage with important, current world issues whilst continuing to develop their understanding of the beliefs and cultures of others.
Benefits to pupils (Impact):
The pupils at Combe Pafford School enjoy learning about different religions and beliefs and, more importantly, have a good understanding of why it is important. Through their RE learning, pupils are able to make links beyond what they might encounter in their local area, enabling them to attempt to make sense of changing and complex world. Our fundamental aim across the whole curriculum is that pupils are prepared for working life beyond education. We see the role of Religion and Worldviews as essential to supporting this aim by preparing pupils for life integrating with people of different backgrounds and beliefs systems.