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Park High School

 Welcome to the Philosophy & Ethics Department

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."  - Albert Einstein

Head of Department:

Miss Shah

e-mail: s.shah@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Miss Shah

Mr Stubley

Mrs O’Dwyer

Miss Barker

Miss Manolopoulou

Ms Stephenson

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Philosophy and Ethics curriculum is arranged thematically with each unit centred on a philosophical question. Each question enables students to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global context. They will also learn how beliefs influence the lives of individuals and groups, as well as how religions and worldviews have an impact on wider current affairs. This is all underpinned by a focus on engendering a life-long love of learning which encourages students to be curious about the world around them. 

Year 7 

In year 7, students begin with an introduction to Philosophy and Ethics. They develop key skills such as questioning, debating, problem solving, critical analysis, and abstract thinking. The first unit allows students to develop their ability to evaluate, analyse and use evidence to support their ideas. Once students have cultivated these essential skills they will begin to explore religious and secular key events in a person’s life. This will include considering the purpose, value and meaning of rituals, and allow students to reflect upon their own understanding of these events. Students will also study the symbolism of art and how it can deepen a person’s understanding of religious teachings. By studying a variety of religious imagery and practices, students will gain an appreciation of how art can inspire and strengthen faith. Students will explore various sacred sites from major world religions. They will be asked why some journeys in life are thought of as more important than others and what makes a place sacred. 

Autumn Spring Summer

This is Me

Rites of Passage

Sacred Spaces

Inspirational People

Spirited Arts

My Harrow

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. Three formal assessments throughout the year set in the style of GCSE questions.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8 

In year 8, students start by learning about prejudice and discrimination. This unit reminds our young people to empathise with others and challenge negative stereotypes. Students learn about minority faiths in British society and their local community. They will be encouraged to think about the questions that come with having a diverse mix of minority faiths in Britain. Through this unit they will also further develop their critical thinking and evaluative skills. Students will learn about political philosophy considering what the ideal form of governance is. Philosophers from Ancient Greece through to the modern day will be critically assessed whilst students consider the impact of their ideas on society. Students are asked to contemplate the role they have as citizens and what rights and responsibilities they have. In conjunction with the History department, students will undertake an investigation into the moral and ethical issues surrounding Sho’ah. They will consider the dangers of remaining silent, apathetic, and indifferent to the oppression of others. They will also explore the value of pluralism, diversity and reflect upon the lasting impact of one of the defining moments of the 20th Century.

Autumn Spring Summer

Prejudice and Discrimination

Political Philosophy

Sho'ah

Faith in our Community 

The Existence of God

 

 

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. Three formal assessments throughout the year set in the style of GCSE questions.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Key Stage 4

All students study the GCSE Philosophy and Ethics full course. 

Year 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

Component 2: Beliefs, Teachings, Practices - Christianity

Component 2: Beliefs, Teachings, Practices - Christianity

Component 1: Philosophy and Ethics Theme 4: Human Rights

 

Component 1: Philosophy and Ethics Theme 2: Life and Death

Consolidation

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Examination Board:

Eduqas Religious Studies

Useful Reading Material:

Eduqas Route A WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies

My Revision Notes WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A: Covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism

Year 10 

Autumn Spring Summer

Component 1: Philosophy and Ethics Theme 3: Good and Evil

Component 3: Beliefs, Teachings, Practices - Sikhism

Component 3: Beliefs, Teachings, Practices - Sikhism

Component 1: Philosophy and Ethics Theme 1: Relationships

Component 3: Beliefs, Teachings, Practices - Sikhism

Consolidation

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Examination Board:

Eduqas Religious Studies

Useful Reading Material:

Eduqas Route A WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies

My Revision Notes WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A: Covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism

Year 11 

Autumn Spring Summer

Revision: Component 2+3

Revision: Component 1

Revision

Revision: Component 2+3

Revision: Component 1

End of Year Exam

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher. Assessments on a regular basis used as a tool for revision.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

GCSE Religious Studies

Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World

Written examination: 2 hours 50% of qualification

Component 2: Study of Religion

Written examination: 2 hour 50% of qualification

Examination Board :

Eduqas Religious Studies

Course Specification:

OCR J621   GCSE Religious Studies B: Philosophy and Applied Ethics (Full Course)

WJEC Eduqas   GCSE Religious Studies Route A, Components 1, 2, 3

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Religious Studies

Useful Reading Material:

Eduqas Route A WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies

My Revision Notes WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A: Covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism

Useful Websites:

www.eduqas.co.uk  

www.ocr.org.uk            

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/guide/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

www.peped.org

www.philosophybites.com

www.ethicsonline.co.uk

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/

www.rsrevision.com

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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