Ethics and Philosophy

Ethics and Philosophy

Ethics and Philosophy provides students with the opportunity to study and discuss religions, religious views and ideology. It helps students to develop critical thinking skills and tackles social, moral and philosophical problems. Ethics and Philosophy’s aims at Icknield High School are to support and develop a cohesive community in both school life and within the wider community. While looking at religions as whole we also study celebrations, practises and beliefs. We encourage students to discuss and share their ideas with others to promote respect. The department aims to develop the creativity of all students where ever their strengths lie while incorporating key religious themes.

KS3 Ethics and Philosophy

In KS3 the Ethics and Philosophy department cover the six major world religions through themes. This allows students to compare and contrast ideas throughout several religions. We place a large emphasis on developing pupils’ skills and deliver thinking skills lessons on a termly basis. The aim of these sessions is to encourage pupils to question and critically analyse issues that religions face, it also allows for freedom within discussion building pupil confidence and communicative ability. The themes covered by pupils vary from ‘Luton and its places of worship’ to ‘Death and the afterlife’ and even ‘Religion in the Media’. These units help to explore religious views in a modern context and where possible we aim to draw cross curricular links with other departments around the school. Pupil learning is very much extended at home with tasks set for pupils to complete on a regular basis.

KS4 Ethics and Philosophy – http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx

In years 9, 10 and 11 students at Icknield High school sit a full course in Ethics and Philosophy using the Edexcel exam board. Students cover Unit 1 Religion and Life and Unit 8 Religion and Society over the two year course. Within this students complete eight topics including Believing in God, Marriage and the Family, Crime and Punishment and Peace and Conflict. This course encourages pupils to look at behaviour in society and to assess people’s behaviour from both a religious and non-religious view point. At the end of the second year students sit two examinations, each one and half hours in length. The examinations require a focus on Christianity and one other religion. For the majority of topics the second focus will be Islam but this does vary depending on topic and views of other religions are discussed. Pupils are encouraged to draw upon knowledge of any beliefs they have and compare these with the religions we focus on.