manual override of alt text

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.

Latest News

manual override of alt text

Devizes to Westminster 2022

This Easter, three crews from the Blundell’s Kayak Racing Squad were able to take part in the world famous Devizes to Westminster canoe race.

manual override of alt text

Two pupils awarded the Blundell’s White Blazer

White blazers are awarded to pupils who achieve Full Colours in three areas of the school.

manual override of alt text

Sensory story time at Tiverton Library

Our Head of Pre-Prep Mrs Clifford shares a sensory story time for the community.

manual override of alt text

The Exeter Chiefs England Rugby Academy

Congratulations to Dan, Ben and Will who have been selected for the Exeter Chiefs DPP U18 Academy Programme. It's great to see our strong connections with Exeter Chiefs continue.

manual override of alt text

Exeter Cathedral Carol Service

The carol service in Exeter Cathedral is always one of the highlights of the school calendar and this year certainly did not disappoint.

manual override of alt text

Why is music important?

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills, including intellectual, social, emotional and motor language. It enhances good concentration and develops listening skills so that the child can achieve academically in all areas of the curriculum.

manual override of alt text

When Nature Meets Nurture: Outdoor Learning at Blundell’s Prep

The children cannot wait to put on their Wellington boots to get outside to ‘play’ each week, but what are the benefits of this ‘Forest School fad’?! Is there really any value in climbing trees, lighting fires and creating mud pies?! Where is the learning?!

manual override of alt text

Food Technology – the most cross-curricular of all the subjects!

Ask any child at Blundell’s Prep what their favourite lesson is and invariably Food Technology is at the top of the rankings.

manual override of alt text

Blundell’s Adventure, Leadership and Service Award (BALSA)

BALSA – is a programme that has been developed here over the years, and is one that continues to evolve, which really challenges our older children to them learn about themselves and discover the beauty in helping others.

Prep School News