Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE)
In PRE we consider both Religion, Philosophy & Ethics. Students explore major questions that humans have asked since the beginning of time, and consider how different religions and frameworks have responded to these questions.
In lessons, students are asked to apply their own experience of the world to the key concepts studied. Students will be pushed to ask questions and challenge whilst maintaining respect and tolerance. Students develop a range of skills and abilities: to be able to think critically about important questions; to be good communicators of their own views and to be able to reflect on the views of others; to see connections between beliefs and actions; to be able to deal with philosophical and ethical problems.
All students in Years 7-9 follow the course set by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) and learn to appreciate amazing similarities and fascinating differences in the six major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as more modern or alternative beliefs such as Humanism, Scientology and Mormonism.
In Year 9, pupils study the causes and development of the Holocaust and the effect that unchallenged prejudice can have on society, followed by looking at why evil and suffering exist and how people react to it. Pupils then get the chance to apply analytical and judgment skills through the study of morality in both sport and the world of celebrity, whilst reflecting on what makes a person have their own identity in the modern world.
All pupils study GCSE Religious Studies in Key Stage 4, which further builds on pupils’ knowledge of the world around us through learning to identify and celebrate differences in society.
The Big Picture in PRE
The PRE Journey at KWS
Year 7 – PRE
- Introduction to PRE, Ultimate Questions, The Golden Rule, Prejudice & Spirituality.
Throughout Key Stage the Christian group, STEP, are invited in to discuss their views on the topics we study.
Other external speakers will be invited in to discuss such topics as The Holocaust, being a Muslim in modern Britain and being Jewish in today’s society.