Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE)

Curriculum Intent Statement:

Religion, and its influence, surrounds our daily lives and through the study of religion we understand many types of differences that are visible all around. Studying religion increases your understanding of global complexity. To study religion is to delve into how religion interacts with all of these facets of our world. In addition to this, religion and the sacred texts of religion underpin our legal framework, cultural identities, great works of literature and art and provide foundational knowledge that is fundamental in the study of the humanities and the arts. In a similar way, Philosophy is a tool to open the mind to various questions that many hold dear, providing some answers to ultimate questions on life, death, as well as a special focus on ethical matters that consider how people should (or should not) act.

The main objective of RPE at Thorpe St Andrew School is to provide enriching lessons that effectively prepare our students for life in a culturally diverse modern Britain, and the world. Finding out about the beliefs and lifestyles of all people makes us think about what we believe and reflect on our own choices. This helps us to develop our own ideas and opinions, think critically and ultimately shapes who we are. In our curriculum, we aim for our students to be able express their views in a balanced, yet critical way, following a logical chain of reasoning.

RPE promotes mutual respect, tolerance, curiosity and understanding across different cultures and communities. We aim to promote this awareness of the usefulness of RPE to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs whilst developing their own.

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BBC Religion and Ethics Programmes