The Carey Federation

Religion & World View

Our Religion & World View Intent

In the Carey Federation, we recognise the importance of the term ‘Worldview’ when discussing our curriculum to signify the greater attention that needs to be paid to the individual lived experience in order to make our education in this area as inclusive and empathy promoting as possible.  Through focusing on the perspective of individuals and their way of viewing the world, we intend to make the religious education of our children very accessible and relevant to each child.  We are particularly mindful that we live in an area of little cultural diversity and so are particularly duty bound to ensuring that our children ‘Be Reflective’ and develop a strong awareness and respect of wider cultures and develop through this knowledge and ‘Reflection’, a clear understanding of their own ideas.

Our curriculum for Religion and Worldviews aims to be to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to meet the Principal Aim of the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus for RE 2019-2024;

The principal aim of religious education (RE) is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes and how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. (Agreed Syllabus, page 2)


Promoting our school motto and The Carey Qualities

Our Religion and Worldview curriculum underpins the core principal of ‘Building Relationships’; developing in our children an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and beliefs.  They should learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while ever strengthening the ability to ‘Be Respectful’ to the right of others to differ.  Our collective worship through assemblies as a whole school or in smaller groups actively supports these qualities and our motto of ‘Aim High, Be Resilient, Take Care of Each Other’.


Experiences – Widening the Children’s knowledge of Religion and Worldview:

  • To gain a sense of themselves within a local, national and global context
  • Celebrate all aspects of school life (Celebration Assembly)
  • Partake in assemblies rich in cultural celebrations and festivals
  • Agree or disagree respectfully
  • Attend Remembrance Service
  • Visit places of worship
  • Visitors from a variety of faiths and non-faiths to share and lead assemblies


Our Religion & World View Implementation

In the Carey Federation we use the Devon Agreed Syllabus as a basis for our for Religion and Worldview curriculum. The syllabus is designed to support schools in developing and delivering excellence in Religion and Worldviews.


Teaching and learning approach:

In order to support teachers in exploring the selected beliefs, this syllabus sets out an underlying teaching and learning approach, whereby pupils encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs in a coherent way, developing their understanding and their ability to handle questions of religion and belief.  Teaching enables pupils to ‘make sense’ of the religions and beliefs studied, ‘understand the impact’ of these beliefs in people’s lives, and to ‘make connections’ in their learning and their wider experience of the world. The elements present a broad and flexible strategy that allows for different traditions to be treated with integrity.


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Our Religion & World View Impact

Our curriculum ensures that all pupils:

  • Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so they can:
  • Identify, describe, explain and analyse beliefs and concepts in the context of living religions, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Explain how and why these beliefs are understood in different ways, by individuals and within communities
  • Recognise how and why sources of authority (e.g. texts, teachings, traditions, leaders) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, developing skills of interpretation
  • Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs, so they can:
  • Examine and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways
  • Recognise and account for ways in which people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, in their everyday lives, within their communities and wider world
  • Appreciate and appraise the significance of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning
  • Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied, so they can:
  • Evaluate, reflect on and enquire into key concepts and questions studied, responding thoughtfully and creatively, giving good reasons for their responses
  • Challenge the ideas studied, and allow the ideas studied to challenge their own thinking, articulating beliefs, values and commitments clearly in response
  • Discern possible connections between the ideas studied and their own ways of understanding the world, expressing their critical responses and personal reflections with increasing clarity and understanding