Objectives of the agreed syllabus
This syllabus has two main objectives, which are addressed separately within the material for each key stage:
Knowledge and Understanding
Pupils will know about and understand a range of religions and world views, so that they can:
- Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
- Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
- Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religion and world views;
- Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
Skills and attitudes
Pupils will be enabled to express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
- Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
- Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religions or a worldview, responding creatively;
- Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.