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Philosophy and Religions

Head of Department: Mr D Jackson  

Philosophy of Religions at the Gregg School is taught according to the Hampshire locally agreed syllabus; Living Difference. This syllabus allows students to explore religion and related ideas through a concept cycle. Students will explore concepts relating to the six major world religions as well as other faiths and spiritualties. Students are always encouraged to consider their own beliefs which promotes self-awareness, respect, open-mindedness and appreciation for others. Living Difference is a highly regarded and effective syllabus which:


‘…sets out how to enable students to learn at a higher order level.  Students are investigating and applying concepts at every stage in the process of learning.  This enables a far higher level of attainment than students were reaching before Living Difference.’

(The Living Difference Evaluation Project Report; Katherine Wedell; February 2009)

Year 7

In Year 7, students begin Philosophy by enquiring into the concept of `Interpretation`.  They consider their own views on life as well as looking at Martin Luther King and John Lennon. This basis leads students on to look at concepts relating to Christianity and Buddhism.  Finally, towards the end of the year, they consider concepts pertaining to religious attitudes towards the environment.

Year 8

The first term of Year 8 focuses on Islam.  Students enquire into concepts such as `Prophet` and `Hajj` to de-mystify and accurately study a religion that is often misrepresented.  Year 8 students then study concepts relating to Sikhism and are given the opportunity to visit a Gurdwara - the Sikh place of worship.  They finish their year's study with a unit based around the enigmatic life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 begin by considering concepts based in the Jewish faith - `Belief`, `Covenant` and `Freedom`.  This leads into a unit which sensitively tackles the atrocity of the Holocaust.  Next they look at good versus evil, religion versus science and ideas on suffering.  These topics develop essential skills needed for GCSE Religious Studies, such as expressing their own opinion, debating and listening to others.


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