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Religious and Philosophical Studies (RPS)

Religious and Philosophical Studies at Blundell’s Prep contributes to the children’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In our weekly lessons, the children will gain and use the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate different sources of information about the world’s main religions. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

At Blundell’s Prep, the children consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to the world’s main religions. They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions. The children also learn about non-religious world views with a focus on Humanism.

In the course of their studies at Blundell’s Prep the children are encouraged to consider and develop their own beliefs and values.

Aims of the RPS department

  • To encourage a reflective approach to living.
  • To give pupils a knowledge and understanding of religion.
  • To contribute to the pupil’s development of their own beliefs and values.
  • To foster an awareness of living faith and how they can answer questions of meaning and purpose.
  • To enable pupils to apply their understanding of living faiths.
  • To encourage original and independence of critical thought.
  • Within their learning pupils will think about ways to behave in a socially acceptable manner both individually and as part of a group.

Course Content

Religious and Philosophical Studies is concerned with distinctive ways in which human beings express their experiences and understanding of life.

Pupils will learn about belonging, festivals and celebrations, rules and choices, the life and teachings of Jesus, personal responsibilities and an appreciation of other major world religions.

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