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Philosophy, Ethics and Values

“To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming”.  Proverb.

In Philosophy, Ethics and Values we take a journey into other cultures and ways of living. Through looking at religions, beliefs and practices pupils will investigate the 6 major world faiths as well as scientific views. We also highly value the importance of wellbeing education; across key stage 3 and 4, there are various opportunities to explore careers, finance, personal safety and sex and relationship education.

“My progress has been good this year. I feel more confident in saying my own views and have learnt how to debate properly”.

Subject Leader:  Ms E Hyner ([email protected])

Key stage 3 Philosophy, Ethics and Values:

During Year 7 and 8 pupils explore critical thinking skills which aid learning across the curriculum. Alongside study of major faiths, we aim to develop global awareness as well as a look into personal wellbeing.

Year 7 – Topics covered include

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Hinduism
  • Internet safety
  • Judaism
  • Puberty

Year 8 – Topics covered include

  • Islam
  • Disability awareness
  • Buddhism
  • Philosophy for children
  • Is the UK a multicultural society?
  • Prejudice and discrimination

Key Stage 4 Philosophy, Ethics and Values:

“I feel like I’ve really made progress this term. I have definitely enjoyed getting into debates about ethics and learning case studies”.

All pupils in Years 9 to 11 learn about Buddhism, Christianity and non-religious views as part of the AQA Religious Studies GCSE. At the end of the course, pupils will sit two exams, both worth 50% of their final grade.

Many topics studied have links with other core subjects such as English, Science, History and Geography. Pupils discover different perspectives on ethical and social issues such as:

  • War, conflict and terrorism
  • Animal testing
  • Environmental issues
  • Crime and punishment
  • Protest and civil rights
  • Ethical issues about abortion and euthanasia

Aside from the GSCE, there are also opportunities to explore personal finance, post 16 education and careers information.

Useful weblinks or books:

AQA Religious Studies B – Buddhism, Christianity

Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder