Wednesday January 29th, 2020
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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) is a unique subject as we explore values and meaning for students on a personal level as well as the wider impact of religion on the United Kingdom and the global world. We explore meaningful questions such as:  

  • What does it mean to be good?
  • Is there a God?
  • Is there life after death?
  • Why is there conflict in the world?
  • What do I believe?

Students study RPE for one lesson a week throughout Years 7 – 11 and the majority will sit the AQA GCSE Religious Studies GCSE at the end of Year 11.

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever…This is a somewhat new kind of religion.

Albert Einstein

Key Stage Three

We aim to help students learn about religion, learn from religion and know what religious people think and believe. Key aspects include:

  • To teach students that all peoples have beliefs and values and that these values affect the way they choose to live.
  • To give students an opportunity compare and contrast differences within and between religions.
  • To encourage enquiry, exploring and understanding different aspects of religion and spirituality.
  • Where possible to expose students to access to sacred writings, artefacts and outside speakers related to religion. 
  • To encourage a respect for diversity and equality.
  • To give opportunity for reflection about issues concerning morality personally, locally and globally. 
  • To consider the challenges of belonging to a religion.
  • To give religious verbal literacy for students to express their own ideas.
  • To cover the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and to recognise how religion impacts and affects British society. 
  • To cover Islam and Buddhism which are two other religions in Britain one with a Theistic focus and one with a philosophy that is not dependant on Theism.

The specific topics in Year Seven are:

  • What has RPE got to do with me?
  • What has RPE got to do with me?
  • How does religion affect human behaviour?
  • Design a Church for all Christians
  • What is it like to be a Muslim in Britain?
  • PSHE Coping with Changes

The specific topics in Year Eight are:

  • What are Buddhists committed to?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • How do beliefs affect peace and conflict in Israel?
  • What are new world religions?
  • Spiritual Art
  • PSHE Relationships

Key Stage Four

The majority of students opt to follow the AQA- A RPE GCSE course. However, some students at KS4 follow a non-exam course that includes additional elements about Personal Social Health Education as well as Religious Education.

In Year Nine we study:

  • Relationships and the family
  • Christian beliefs and teachings
  • Religion and Conflict

In Year Ten we study:

  • Religion and life
  • Buddhist beliefs and teachings
  • Christian practices

In Year Eleven we study:

  • The existence of God and revelation
  • Buddhist practices

RPE Department

  • Miss A. Campbell (Assistant Humanities Faculty Leader)
  • Mr J. O’Regan

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