Religious Education and Worldviews is a fundamental subject at Folksworth Church of England Primary School. It is designed to enable children to become tolerant young people with respect and understanding of the views of others, including the beliefs and practices of religions and other worldviews. The curriculum ensures that pupils become religiously and theologically literate, developing knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom and their impact, while exploring spirituality and critical responses.
Through our Religious Education and Worldviews curriculum we aim:
- to engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain; recognising key commonalities and differences between religions.
- to develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook.
- to enable learners to become aware of their own beliefs and values and to have a positive attitude to the search for meaning and purpose in life; so they can develop confidence in their own values.
- to encourage learners to develop tolerance, respect and understanding towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.
As a school we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which has been created by the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus Conference and approved by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. It is the legal basis for Religious Education (RE) in Cambridgeshire from September 2023-2028. This is achieved using Understanding Christianity and the Emmanuel Project.
Using enquiry-based learning, the syllabus provides a coherent framework to allow for deeper levels of knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious life stances, and to develop respect and sensitivity, so that, as future citizens, the children will value and celebrate cultural and religious diversity, in peaceful co-existence. It also provides opportunities for pupils to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions.
In line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus our curriculum includes the teaching of Worldviews. Worldviews describes the way in which a person encounters, interprets, understands and engages with the world.
This academic year Religious Education and Worldviews is taught on the following days:
Acorn Class - Wednesdays 11:25am to 12:25pm
Maple Class - Mondays 2:10pm to 3:10pm
Oak Class - Fridays 2:10pm to 3:10pm
Elm Class - Tuesdays 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Worldviews lessons and Collective Worship. Requests to do so must be made in writing to the Headteacher. However, withdrawal cannot guarantee exclusion from the religious character of the school and the Governors hope that in choosing a church school, parents are thereby committing themselves to their child’s participation in the religious life of our school.