RE and World Views
At Woodlands, we see Religious Education and World Views as a fundamental part of the curriculum making a distinct contribution to pupil’s learning. Through our teaching of Religious Education and World Views, we aim to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to:
- Learn essential knowledge of other religions and world views.
- Develop skills and attitudes of critical thinking and empathy.
- Reflect on and develop their own personal world view.
- Reflect on, express, and justify their own opinions in light of their learning about and from religion and their study of religious, philosophical, moral and spiritual questions.
- Develop their own values and attitudes in order to recognise their rights and responsibilities in light of their learning about and from religions and beliefs.
- Relate their learning to the wider world, gaining a sense of personal autonomy in preparation for adult life.
- Develop skills that are useful in a wide range of careers in adult life generally, especially skills of critical enquiry, creative problem solving, and communication in a variety of media.
- Explore issues within and between faiths to help them understand and respect different religions beliefs, values, and traditions, and understand the influence of these on individuals, societies, communities, and cultures.
At Woodlands, RE and World Views is taught through an enquiry/question based approach and compliments the 2019 RE and World Views Agreed Syllabus. Each enquiry is based around a key question, whereby the children can go through the process of investigating the question based on a specific religion or world view.The children are then encouraged to present their findings in creative ways, reflecting on what they have found out and sharing it with others and finally returning to the key question to see if an answer has been found, or if indeed we have more questions we would like to investigate!
RE at Woodlands, underpins the ethos of our school and feeds directly into SMSC and character development.
Our School has good links with Whitby Methodist. Reverend Jackie Bellfield and the associate Minister John Yaxley, often meet with the children to speak about their work and the Christian faith.
In the Early Years, RE and World Views begins with the child and allows for opportunities to explore their personal experiences and questions which they have about the world around them. The children will encounter RE and World Views through stories, special books, special places, objects, and events.
In Key Stage 1 the children are introduced to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
In Key Stage 2 the children continue their study of Christianity and focus on the religions of Islam, Judaism and Sikhism (Year 3 and 4) and Islam and Hinduism (Year 5 and 6). Stories and festivals from other religious traditions are also included.
To see what each year group is investigating each half-term, please click on the RE and World Views Overview below.
To see the RE and World Views Progression in Skills at Woodlands, please click on the link below.
Subject lead: Gillian Watts (Member of NATRE)