Our Religion and Worldviews Subject Manual contains a detailed overview of our curriculum.
In the light of the non-statutory recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education Report, we have decided to name our subject Religion & Worldviews in recognition of current thinking and as a more accurate reflection of the content and scope of our curriculum. https://www.commissiononre.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Final-Report-of-the-Commission-on-RE.pdf
We consider worldviews to be a way of framing subject content. A worldview can be simply expressed as a way of looking at the world, a flexible attitude a person might inhabit rather than have. In RW this might be an institutional (organised) religious or non-religious Worldview (capital ‘W’), but we also focus on how individual worldviews are influenced by and influence lived experience. This way of framing our learning intends to highlight diversity within groups and make our learners aware of the influence of their own worldview to develop skills to interpret the knowledge they acquire.
Our children live in a very different world to that of 1944 when the Education Act enshrined in law a duty for all schools to teach Religious Education (RE). In preparing for adult life, they need to develop awareness of local, national and global heritage and reflect on religion and belief diversity in these communities. In the context of today’s world, we advocate that RW should help children and young people to understand and hold balanced, articulate and well informed conversations about religion and belief, i.e. to be religiously literate.
Pupils at Sidegate access a high quality RW curriculum that engenders curiosity in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity. This will enable them to develop a knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, with the skill, independence of thought and vocabulary to “disagree agreeably”. Sidegate’s curriculum aims to be academically rigorous and examine diversity between and within worldviews through the disciplines of theology, philosophy and social science within a historical context.
The Sidegate’s curriculum for RW is a vehicle for delivering some aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC), but SMSC also permeates across and underpins the school’s wider curriculum.