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Philosophy and Ethics

What we aim to achieve with students

Philosophy and Ethics provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.  It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other world religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these.  We also study non-religious perspectives such as Humanism.

Philosophy and Ethics offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.  It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Philosophy and Ethics encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.  It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

Philosophy and Ethics encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging.  It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.

Philosophy and Ethics has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning.  It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.  It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

A variety of activities and approaches enable students to develop a range of skills. Students are encouraged to engage in debate and to ask searching questions. In this way they will learn to think critically and to develop their analytical skills.

Delivery of Philosophy and Ethics at the Knights Templar School is guided by the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus.

Staff List

Ms K Bradley, Head of Philosophy and Ethics

Mr M Breadmore

Ms R Thomas

Mrs L Wells
 

Courses we offer

KS3

Our KS3 students are guided by the Hertfordshire Approved Syllabus for Religious Education. In Year 7 they will examine such areas as ‘Who Am I?’, ‘God for all faiths or none?’, ‘What is the nature of God in Islam and Sikhism?’, ‘Jesus – Man or God?’, ‘How do we know what’s right and wrong?’ and ‘What is Christian Justice?’

Our Year 8 students follow a programme of study which includes ‘Will you be my people if I will be your God?’, ‘What do people believe happens after this life?’, ‘Was Jesus a troublemaker?’ and a project on Multi-faith communities.

In Year 9 we explore such issues as ‘A life for a Life?’, ‘Do miracles happen?’, ‘How can we be happy?’, ‘Do animals have rights?’ and ‘Where does the universe come from?’

KS4

Students are following the new specification and study AQA Religious Studies A based on a study of Christianity and Islam. The topics to be studies for the GCSE include: The Existence of God and Revelation, Key Beliefs & Practices in Christianity, Key Beliefs & Practices in Islam, Religion Peace & Conflict, Religion Crime & Punishment, Religion and Life, Relationships & Families, Religious Attitudes to matters of life and death.  Students take 2 examinations at the end of the 2 year course which is worth 100% of their final GCSE.

 

KS5

Our KS5 students follow the new Edexcel GCE:

  • Paper 1 - Philosophy of religion (Paper Code: 8RS0/01)
  • Paper 2 - Religion and Ethics (Paper Code: 8RS0/02)
  • Paper 4 - Study of Religion (Paper Code: 8RS0/4A-4F)

 

Trips and Activities

The Philosophy and Ethics department runs a variety of visits for its students throughout the year. These include attending GCSE and GCE conferences in London and elsewhere to assist our examination students in their learning.

Exhibitions our students have visited recently include ‘Sacred: Discover what we share’, ‘Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe’, and ‘Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead: Journey through the Afterlife’.

Guest speakers at our Sixth Form conferences have included leading Cambridge scientist Professor Sir John Polkinghorne and human fertility pioneer Dr Peter Brinsden.