Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is about looking at who we are, what we believe in and why people believe the things they do. Our aim in the department is to:
- Explore the diverse religions, values and beliefs that make up our school community and out world
- Develop philosophical and critical thinking skills
- Develop tolerance of each other working beyond the barriers that faith, culture, personal views or political opinions might present
- Master the skills needed to articulate opinion and formulate coherent arguments, supporting ideas with evidence from different sources, ideas, beliefs and opinions
God and Religion have shaped the cultural, political and social landscapes of every society that has existed. Indeed the concept of an ‘all powerful being’ led the French philosopher Voltaire to conclude “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him…”
At The Elmgreen School students are encouraged to learn about religion, to learn from religion and understand differences. We encourage students to open their minds to alternative opinions and reflect upon their own.
At KS3 students study a new topic every term, exploring the six major world religions; Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism as well as atheist views, philosophical arguments and ethical issues. Thematic units include philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, religion and society and religion and medicine.
At KS4 students study Christianity and Islam alongside four thematic units; religion and life, religion crime and punishment, the existence of God and revelation and religion human rights and social justice.
At KS5 students have the option to choose Philosophy A- Level. There are four units studied across the two years allowing students to grapple with some of life’s biggest questions; Moral Philosophy, Epistemology, Metaphysics of God and Metaphysic of Mind.