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Philosophy & Religious Studies

In Philosophy and Religious Studies (PRS)  we explore and discuss a variety of beliefs, our own personal journeys and the big ideas about the world. The subject offers a fascinating insight into a range of both ethical and philosophical beliefs and practices - discussing issues such as; How should we treat the environment? Is religion outdated? Does God exist?  What are the similarities and differences between the world's religions and how should we behave? 

PRS provides a platform for students to understand the world we live in, the issues that people face across the world, the philosophical and ethical viewpoints of a number of religions, cultures and societies whilst promoting British Values in every topic covered.

In addition, this subject teaches tolerance and empathy – making this subject unique and massively important in making students well rounded citizens. Finally, due to the wide range of topics covered and issues discussed, this subject is brilliant for cross curricular links with History, Geography, Art, Science, English and Maths to name a few.  

Our students have the opportunity to discuss, explore and value different opinions and views in a safe and respectful environment. 

PRS is a core subject studied by all Key Stage 3 and 4 students, as well as being a popular option at A Level. We were delighted to have been awarded the Gold RE Quality mark for a second time in 2019 and aim to achieve this again soon. 

We are a team of four subject specialists, with a wealth of experience between us and we look forward to teaching your sons and daughters this fascinating subject. 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are developing an understanding of philosophical, theological and ethical issues. We explore the contributions of a wide range of scholars and critically assess these.

At Key Stage Three we are looking to develop analytical and critical thinkers, who are able to confidently put forward and support an argument, both in the written word and verbally.

PRS Curriculum Map

 
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Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Philosophy and Religious Studies is a core subject, with all students following the AQA GCSE Specification A. 

The course encourages students to develop their evaluative and analytical skills essential for success in higher education. Lessons provide regular opportunities for students to discuss and debate their viewpoints and the views of others, and develop an awareness and understanding of moral and spiritual beliefs.

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ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR

KS3:

  • St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Tring
  • Year 7 ‘Diversity’ Extended Learning Day event
  • Spirited Arts - NATRE national competition
  • 'World views' art
  • Possible trips to: a buddhist temple, mosque, synagogue. 
  • Possible Buddhist speaker (covid dependent)
  • Possible Islamic and Jewish speakers (covid dependent)
  • Visit to a synagogue and mosque (covid dependent) 

KS4: 

  • Buddhist temple trip (covid dependent) 
  • St Pauls Cathedral (covide dependent) 
  • Talks from the army (covid dependent) to support knowledge of religion, peace and justice scheme of work. 
  • Talks from the police / magistrate (covid dependent) to support knowledge of religion, crime and punishment scheme of work. 

Philosophy & Religious Studies Department

Subject Leader Miss J Perry
Assistant Subject Leader for KS3 Miss S Tullett
  Mr A Cull
  Ms H Lenz
  Mrs A Sharp
  Ms H Spargo
  Ms S Ware
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