Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at RPA
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has."
PRE at Richmond Park Academy
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) aims to break down common misconceptions often found among young people. It equips our students with the tools to contemplate questions about the meaning of life, the nature of morality and the importance of understanding the significance of collective worldviews in a continually growing global community.
Students leave RPA with the confidence to share their view, challenge intolerance, and enter adulthood with the skills and imagination required to contribute positively to society.
Who's who in the team
Mr K Martin - Subject Leader
Ms M Blease
Ms O Hansom
What makes teaching PRE at RPA special?
It is a fantastic privilege to lead the PRE curriculum at RPA. Our students show a keen interest in the subject - from year 7, all the way to A Level - and it never ceases to amaze me just how well they can grasp some of the more difficult concepts and issues we discuss, and debate them in such depth. They seem to relish the challenge - and if they enjoy it? - well that makes RPA one special place to teach.
What we do when
Year 7: What is religion?
Students study Comparative Religious Studies at the beginning of Key Stage 3. It will introduce them to some of the themes they will study during the rest of the key stage. It will also demonstrate to them that their study of world religions and philosophy will require academic and intellectual rigour
Year 8: What is ethics?
At the start of year 8, we provide an introduction to Buddhism and Sikhism. We finish year 8 with a study of Ethics which many students find very thought-provoking. They are able to voice their opinions on a range of subjects that affect them directly and indirectly, or which have become newsworthy and open to public debate.
Year 9: What is philosophy?
At the start of year 9, we look at Philosophy of Religion. This unit gives students a first opportunity to study philosophy, and to think and argue philosophically, focusing on the philosophy of religion.We then move on to studying Christianity. Finally, we study Islam which is the fastest growing religion in the UK.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Religious Studies challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt in Key Stage 3, and it also contributes to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community. Students will also improve their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.
Exam board: Eduqas
Key Stage 5
Students who choose to study Philosophy at A level will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the big questions, such as: “What is knowledge?” and “What do good, bad, right and wrong really mean?” They will also consider further questions including: “Is the concept of God incoherent?” and “What is mind?” This is a truly challenging A level with an array of thought-provoking topics to keep students coming back with more questions than answers.
Exam board: AQA
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