Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

The PRE department is headed by Mrs Charlton and its aims are as follows:

  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of our richly diverse society.
  • To develop good subject knowledge, so students can make reasoned judgments on their own.
  • To develop students’ skills of questioning and analysis.
  • To develop a student’s ability to be respectful.

This subject is taught in all years of Key Stage 3 and is an optional course at GCSE and A Level. Students also follow a compulsory Ethical and Personal Studies Course (EPS) at GCSE. Students at GCSE and A Level follow the OCR specification with focus on Christianity and Islam at GCSE and Christianity at A Level.

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7

Expressions of faith

 

Expressions of faith

Meaning and purpose

Meaning and purpose

Ethics and values

Ethics and values

8

Expressions of faith

 

Expressions of faith

Meaning and purpose

Meaning and purpose

Ethics and values

Ethics and values

9 GCSE

Religion vs. science

 

Arguments for the existence of God

The Holocaust

Minor world faiths project

START GCSE

Christian beliefs

Christian beliefs

10 GCSE

Christian practices

 

Muslim beliefs

Muslim practices

 

Muslim practices

Family (Christian ethics)

 

Family

(Christian ethics)

Concept of God(Christian ethics)

11 GCSE

Last week of concept of God

Peace and war

(Christian ethics)

Dialogue

(Christian ethics)

Dialogue

(Christian ethics)

Revision

Revision

 

12

Normative ethical theories E

Philosophical language & thought P

 

Normative ethical theories E

Existence of God P

 

Applied Ethics E

God in the world P

Meta Ethics E

Developments P

Significant ideas E

Religious Language P

 

Development in ethical thought E

Religious Language P

13

Start Christianity

Insights (1 teacher)

Foundations (1 teacher)

Living (1 teacher)

Development (1 teacher)

Society (1 teacher)

Challenges (1 teacher)

Revision

Revision

 

Extra Curricular Activities

There are numerous religious and cultural societies in the School. These clubs include Jewish Society, Islamic Awareness Society and Christian Union. There is also a Philosophy Society run by 6th Form Students.

The Department organises a number of annual trips as follows:

  • Year 8 trip to Bhagdevandenta Manor and Watford Gurdwara
  • Year 9 Trip to Holocaust Memorial Day at Watford Synagogue and talk by local Holocaust survivor Harry Bibring in the Spring Term.
  • Year 10 visit to Watford Mosque and St Mary’s Church
  • Year 10 in-class visits by local Imam and Vicar
  • Years 9 – 12 residential to Amsterdam (bi annual)
  • 6th form – revision conferences at St Helens (Northwood)
  • Gifted & Talented trip to Auschwitz with HET (A Level)
  • Year 13 trip to St Paul’s cathedral 
  • A Level visit to Barcelona