Philosophy, Religion and Ethics  Remote learning

Provision of statutory PRE at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Year 7 & 8: Through weekly PRE lessons.

Year 9:

  1.  Optional GCSE PRE
  2. Visit to Watford Synagogue for Holocaust Memorial Day
  3. Lecture on Harry Bibring (Michael Bibring)
  4. Spring 1 & summer 2 form time based on ‘thinking’ & ‘respect’
  5. Creativity & culture curriculum: term 1 - one hour lecture featuring sources of wisdom and term 4 six hours ‘Responsibilities and Values, myself and others’.
  6. Drop down days in spring 2 & summer 2

Year 10:

  1.  Optional GCSE PRE
  2. Ethics & debate week in summer term with follow up in form time.

Year 11:

  1. Optional GCSE PRE 

A Level:

  1.  Optional A Level PRE
  2. Sixth form lecture programme

PRE in year 7 & 8

  • Students will be set an hour of work per week on the day in which they have PRE. 
  • Students must complete their work on a google doc according to the deadline given by their teacher. 
  • Students should expect some form of short feedback from their teacher on work set.  This could be a grade, WWW/EBI, areas to work on or questions to respond to.  
  • Students are also expected to be reading PRE fiction & non fiction books and completing their reading log in their exercise books
  • Check google classroom on the day in which they would normally have PRE
  • Check their school emails daily
  • During their assessment week, we expect students to

a)  Complete the formative assessment under closed book conditions

b)  To not search the internet for the answers

c)  To not ask family for their help

d) To complete their formative assessment in the allocated time

PRE at GCSE

  • Students will be set two hours of work per week.  Each hour will be set on the day in which they would normally have PRE. 
  • Students must complete their work on a google doc according to the deadline given by their teacher. 
  • Students should expect some form of short feedback from their teacher on work set.  This could be a grade, WWW/EBI, areas to work on or questions to respond to. 
  • Students in year 1- will also be set exam questions where they should expect feedback based on OCR exam criteria
  • Check google classroom on the days in which they would normally have PRE
  • Check their school emails daily
  • During their assessment week, we expect students to

a)  Complete the formative assessment under closed book conditions

b)  To not search the internet for the answers

c)  To not ask family for their help

d) To complete their formative  assessment in the allocated time

PRE at A Level

  • Students will be set four hours of work per week. Each hour will be set on the day in which they would normally have PRE. 
  • Students must complete their work on a google doc according to the deadline given by their teacher. 
  • Students should expect some form of short feedback from their teacher on work set.  This could be a grade, WWW/EBI, areas to work on or questions to respond to. 
  • Students will need to have constant access to their textbooks.
  • Students must use their allocated 5th hour for wider reading.
  • Check google classroom on the day in which they would normally have PRE
  • Check their school emails daily
  • Students will also be set exam questions where they should expect feedback based on OCR exam criteria
  • During their assessment week, we expect students to

a)  Complete the formative assessment under closed book conditions

b)  To not search the internet for the answers

c)  To not ask family for their help

d) To complete their formative  assessment in the allocated time

WBGS PRE Mission Statement

 

As a department, we feel it to be vital to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them.  We live in a culturally diverse society, and we see it as our duty to enlighten our students about the varying cultural and religious differences.  We also feel it to be imperative to allow our students to develop and form their own opinions of the world through critically engaging with the world around them and reflecting upon their own values and beliefs.  

CURRICULUM

Philosophy, Religion & Ethics is taught through

a)   PRE lessons at KS3 (1 hour per week)

b)  Optional GCSE and optional A Level.  Students at GCSE and A Level follow the OCR specification with a focus on Christianity and Islam at GCSE and Christianity at A Level.

c)   KS4 through Culture and Creativity Curriculum.  Students at KS4 also take part in Holocaust Memorial Week.  

In addition, the whole school curriculum includes assemblies on Christmas, Easter and Interfaith Week, regular special events such as remembrance services and the Holocaust Memorial Day assemblies and lecture.

Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7

 Ethics & values

Ethics & values

Meaning and purpose

Meaning and purpose

Expressions of faith

Expressions of faith

8

 

Ethics & values

 

Ethics & values

Meaning and purpose

Meaning and purpose

Expressions of faith

Expressions of faith

9 GCSE

 

Religion vs. science

 

Sacred texts

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

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 Deeper Thinking Society run by sixth form students for our year 7 and 8 students. 

The department organises a number of annual trips as follows:

  • Year 8 residential to Paris with MFL 
  • Year 9 trip to the British Museum
  • Year 9 Trip to Holocaust Memorial Day at Watford Synagogue and talk by Michael Bibring, son of 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 conference at WBGS
  • Gifted & Talented trip to Auschwitz with HET (A Level)

Assessment in PRE

Please note that assessment in year 10 - 13 follow the OCR exam board exam style. 
 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 

Year 7

Behaviour and attitude marks only

End of term test.  

 

End of term test

Exam

 

Year 8

Behaviour and attitude marks only

 

End of unit test.  

 

End of unit test 

End of year exam 

Year 9

 

Behaviour and attitude marks only

Sacred texts test

 

Minor world faiths project

End of year exam

Year 10 

Christian practices

 

Muslim beliefs

 

Muslim practices 

 

End of year exam 

Year 11 

Peace and justice

 

Peace and justice

 

Mock exam

Dialogue 

 

Public exams (

Year 12 Philosophy

Language

God

 

Mock exam

UCAS exams

Year 12 ethics

Normative ethics

Ethical theories

 

Mock exam

UCAS exams 

Year 13 

  • Insights· 
  • Foundations 
  •  Living  
  • Developments

Mock exams

 

Public exams 

PRE fits in with the following:

a)  British Values

b)  Cultural Capital

c) SMSC