Philosophy & Ethics at Toot Hill
KS3 pupils follow the guidelines of Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus 2009 providing a broad and balanced study allowing progression within the curriculum.
Year 7 begins with an investigation of the different arguments to prove and disprove the existence of God. Religious arguments for the existence of God, with particular reference to creation, will then be examined. The unit provides the opportunities for pupils to reflect on their own beliefs about God and the way in which some believers have experienced God in a personal way.
The second unit aims to explore how different religious communities express their beliefs and focuses on Places of Worship.
In the Summer term we will complete a final unit on Prejudice and Discrimination.
Year 8 is concerned with the development of an enquiring and sympathetic understanding of the world religions in our multi-faith society. We aim to create an appreciation of the complexities of these faiths through "hands on learning" experiences and through the use of original artefacts.
We start with a unit on Religion and Equality, followed by a unit on Beliefs about Life after Death and complete the year by studying what it is like to be a religious believer in the Uk today with a particlar focus on Islam.
GCSE and AS/A Level
During the autumn term, students begin the GCSE short course following AQA Philosophy and Applied Ethics.
In Short course, we cover the topics War, Peace and Conflict and Relationships and Families, comparing and constrasting beliefs within the world religions of Christianity and Islam.
Pupils alos have the opportunity to opt to follow a GCSE Long Course in Philosophy and Ethics. The course studied is AQA Philosophy and Applied Ethics and they study a range of topics including Crime and Punishment and Human Rights and Social Justice.
College students who have chosen to follow Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at A-Level follow the newly implemented EDUQUAS specification. Units include Religious Figures and Sacred Texts and Introduction to Ethical Thought. Students will consider a range of viewpoints from a number of key thinkers including Plato, Aristotle, St. Aquinas, St, Anselm, Jeremy Bentham, Max Stirner...and many more!!