At Wembley Primary School, we strive to provide our children with the skills and knowledge needed to become Global Citizens and we understand the key role an understanding of religion and worldviews plays in supporting this. Our curriculum is tailored to nurture our learners’ ability to think critically about people’s beliefs, traditions and ideas about the world. In doing so, pupils will become independent and responsible members of society who understand and explore big questions about life; finding out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live so that they can make sense of religion, and reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.
Our approach to teaching about Religion and Worldviews adopts the view that ‘enquiring minds dig deeper’. This motto is embedded within our units of learning that are framed around key questions that children work to answer by the end of a unit. These key questions explore topics such as what makes us special, who de we thank, and creation stories.
We aim to provide children with the opportunity to develop, build and master their knowledge and understanding of different religious beliefs and worldviews. Therefore, our scheme of learning is designed like a web, where each unit of learning builds on the previous one and is an important precursor for the next, enabling children to access a breadth and depth of knowledge throughout their time at Wembley Primary School.
We follow the Brent policy for Religious Education and our scheme of learning has been provided by SACRE.
Religion and Worldviews education is taught as a one hour lesson, once weekly. Class teachers as well as HLTAs teach the lessons by following specified planning. Artefacts, religious objects, videos and accounts from followers of various religions are some of the resources used to enrich learning and cement understanding. We deliver our lessons through a range of activities including but not limited to discussions and debates, listening to religious stories and visits to places of worship, allowing pupils to learn through a range of different teaching styles. In addition to this, at Wembley Primary School we celebrate a variety of religious festivals that take place throughout the year in order to ensure pupils are informed about how people with different religious beliefs live and worship alongside one another.
Having discussions with children about religions and worldviews that explore identity, traditions, values, beliefs and ways of thinking are beneficial in deepening their knowledge and understanding.
- Why are people who follow Jainism vegetarian? (Living)
- Are some clothes a part of a religious person’s identity? (Identity)
There are a lot of useful websites that provide children with support when learning about religion and worldviews. Some are linked below: