Religious Education and Philosophy.

Religious Education and Philosophy offers pupils a chance to examine a reflective approach to life and allows them to explore the subject through the study of living faiths and cultures. It is a wonderful, rich subject to study.

In the Senior School, pupils are encouraged to develop informed opinions through a seminar atmosphere – questioning their beliefs and those of others in an environment that offers both challenge and security.

In Key Stage 3 we tackle topics that include philosophy, ethics and morality. The main world’s most significant religions are each explored through the topics of Worship and Symbolism, Rites of Passage, Sacred Writings, Marriage, Festivals and Pilgrimage. Focusing in on Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Year 9 – An Introduction to the GCSE AQA examination.

Pupils will develop their analytical and argumentative skills through debate and essay writing as we begin our GCSE programme of Study. Pupils study many ethical issues that affect all ethnic groups in the world – topics range from:  Social Justice, Human Conflict and Human-life, Religions and War, the Existence of God and Crime and Punishment.  The principle religions studied are Christianity and Islam. We use religious texts such as the Bible, Torah, the Qur’an, and the Hadiths. Important world religious leaders are also studied – as well as other belief systems.

Year 10 and 11- GCSE – the advanced years.

Throughout the GSCE years students will continue to be challenged with questions about belief, values, morals, meaning and purpose enabling them to extend their ideas in the context of different religious, humanist and secular ideologies.

Religious texts (the Bible and the Qur’an) are also scrutinised, allowing pupils to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of beliefs and practices. We look at the similarities and differences between the religions and evaluate these differences.

In order to view the topics of our study in a real world context, we attend workshops and conferences, visit churches, mosques and the Chithurst Buddhist Monastery.

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