Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
Where every member of our extended family realise their God given potential, inspired by John 10;10 –“ I have come so you may have life in all it’s fullness”
When designing the curriculum for all Key Stages, we had our Vision firmly rooted in our mind. The choices we made for all Key stages linked to the agreed syllabus, but we were mindful that we had more hours than many schools and we wanted pupils to be able to flourish in their individuality, in addition to learning about how to tackle discrimination in any form.
We wanted to establish a safe environment for debate rooted in a Christian ideal of “love thy neighbour” allowing everybody to play their part, safe in the knowledge that they would be able to flourish and develop their own opinions and understanding of world religions as well, as the challenges each of us faces as we learn to reach our potential.
At All Saints’ Academy we teach Philosophy, Religion and Ethics according to statutory requirements, and the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus ensuring that we adhere to the locally agreed guidelines for all Key Stages, but as a Church school we are able to enhance our curriculum and cover some areas in more depth and allowing us to incorporate our Vision into our Schemes of Work.
We realise the value of PRE to pupils here, as they prepare to become a part of a multi-faith multi-ethnic society. We teach them to respect, through learning and debate, the difference and similarities between different faiths, whilst ensuring that they appreciate how British values have developed through evolving moral and ethical dilemmas.
Head of RE: Mrs Fox
Teacher of RE: Mr Pinless
Teacher of RE: Mr Young
Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8
At Key Stage 3 we teach all of the 6 main world religions, in addition to Humanism. We try to make sure that pupils understand the link between faith and the believer, and how what an individual believes impacts upon the way that they live their lives.
The curriculum is taught by an enthusiastic team who are committed to pupils and ensure that lessons are balanced and interesting.
Year 9, 10 and 11
At All Saints’ Academy we appreciate the value of an all-inclusive approach to education, and as such offer all pupils the opportunity to sit a full course GCSE at the end of year 11.
The GCSE examination is split into 2 papers:
Paper 1 looks at Religion and Ethics Students must study all four content sections based upon their chosen religion. (Christianity)
Paper 2 looks at Religion, Peace and Conflict Students study all four content sections based upon their chosen religion, and this must be a different religion to the paper 1 choice. (Islam)
The reason Islam has been chosen is that it is an emerging religion in the United Kingdom and one that pupils will benefit from having an awareness of as they move into the world of work. Through paper 2 pupils will look at issues that impact not just upon the United Kingdom but on the world at large.
Purpose of the course: To acquire knowledge and develop understanding of beliefs, values and traditions of one or more religions. You will learn how to consider the views held by other religions and how this might shape their responses to certain situation. You will be able to relate the beliefs, values and experiences of others to your own experience of life. Both this course and the style of examination techniques used will support other GCSE courses that are offered at All Saints’ Academy.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
In this course you will develop an interest and understanding of some of the fundamental questions of human life. You will gain an insight into how human beings try to answer them, something which might shape how you see society and yourself. You will begin to explore what it means to be a human being.
Content and assessment overview
The Advanced GCE in Religious Studies (OCR) consists of three externally examined papers. Students are required to choose three papers from a choice of four available from the board. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
At All Saints’ Academy we will study the following:
Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion
Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.
Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics
Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; a study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology; Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics - beginning and end of life issues.
Paper 3 – Developments in Religious Studies
Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.