Welcome to the Philosophy & Ethics Department
Our Curriculum Intent
Philosophy & Ethics is a subject that is interesting, inspiring and relevant to students' own lives and decisions. Phil & Ethics, as we like to call it, meets the statutory requirement for all schools to provide Religious Education, but the subject is not exclusively about religion. Its purpose is not to promote any particular faith but to understand more about ourselves, the world in which we live and, most importantly, the people with whom it is shared.
Phil & Ethics lessons are key in developing the 'cultural capital' that also facilitates success across the curriculum. Furthermore, our lessons enable students to engage in healthy and lively debate, present reasoned arguments and to respectfully question ideas and issues. From the beginning of Year 7 we encourage students to think critically and creatively! Our challenging yet inclusive Key Stage 3 curriculum effectively prepares students for further academic study of Religious Studies at GCSE and A Level. To empower students to reach high standards of expression regardless of prior attainment, both written and verbal communication are refined through the explicit teaching of Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary pertaining to each area of study.
Our Curriculum Implementation
Key Stage 3
Philosophy & Ethics
The Key Stage Three course is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of different belief systems within the UK and across the world, whilst developing critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving abilities.
An Introduction to Philosophy & Ethics
Developing Religious Literacy: The Abrahamic Faiths
Developing Religious Literacy: Sikhism
Life in Modern Britain: Religion and the Media (with reference to Christianity/Islam)
Expressions of Spirituality: Worship and Pilgrimage
Developing Religious Literacy: Buddhism
Life in Modern Britain: Humanism and Human Rights
Ethics and Empathy: Freedom Writers
Philosophy & Ethics: Philosophical and Ethical Theories
Life in Modern Britain: Equality
Key Stage 4
GCSE Religious Studies/Philosophy & Ethics (option subject)
This GCSE provides the opportunity to discuss and debate challenging philosophical and ethical questions, in addition to studying Christianity and Islam, their beliefs and practices.
There are three components:
- Philosophical and Ethical Issues in the Modern World (Relationships, Life and Death, Good and Evil, Human Rights)
- Study of Christianity
- Study of a World Faith: Islam
Core Religious Education and P.S.H.E.
An exciting new course comprising of a number of units across Years 10 and 11 designed to focus on important life skills:
- Ethics in the Modern World
- Healthy Relationships
- Personal Finance
- Government and Democracy
- Philosophy: Personhood
- Drug Education
- First Aid
Additionally there is an increased focus on critical thinking skills .
Students in Year 8 visit the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden during the autumn Enrichment Days.
We access a range of outside agencies and community groups to enhance learning. We have particularly close links with the School Health Nurse, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the A21: 'Bodies are not Commodities' Campaign.
From Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the 'Ready or Not Tot' parenting simulation project.
We encourage all students to keep abreast of current issues relevant to the subject through accessing the news and topical broadcasts.