Religion and Worldviews
At Nova Primary, our religion and worldviews curriculum provides our pupils with coherent and sequences knowledge of religion and worldviews represented in Britain and the wider world. Pupils build and develop their understanding in this curriculum through vertical concepts which build a narrative and context across diverse worldviews. These vertical concepts are:
· Sacrifice: Giving something up for the benefit of someone else is a recurring concept across religious and non-religious worldviews and takes many different forms. What motivates human action and what are the societal and personal consequences?
· Knowledge and Meaning: One of the unique qualities of human intelligence through time has been our quest for knowledge and meaning. How have religion and belief impacted on humanity’s search for ‘Truth’? How do beliefs impact human behaviour? What is it reasonable to believe?
· Human context: Human beings exist in, and are influenced by, their place in time and their geographical, political and social context. Everyone is different, so how have our diversities been influenced by our personal context? What influences a personal worldview?
The worldviews approach in our curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and also be taken beyond their own experience. Our curriculum teaches pupils about the diversity within and between beliefs, cultures and worldviews from across the world and teaches the skills and knowledge to hold respectful and informed conversations about religion and belief.
We want pupils to leave Nova with developed disciplinary skills in religion and worldviews. These are developed through conversation and teaching of theology, philosophy and social sciences. The children first learn to identify similarities and then differences in religion. Across the Key Stages the six major religions are covered as the pupils make links between them, at all times respecting the differences with this key learning linked to personal development and school values. Our aim is to develop global citizens who can learn both about and from world religions. Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually, is reflected in the RW curriculum.