Ethics and Philosophy

To inspire intellectual curiosity and wonder through exploring and developing your own opinions on current matters, moral and ethical issues. We provide a safe and stimulating environment for exploration of different points of view whilst encouraging respect and diversity. EP lessons will enrich your cultural awareness and enhance your moral compass ready for life in this international and multi-cultural society. 

Key contact: Mrs Naomi Gill
E-mail: naomi.gill@avonbournetrust.org

 
 

 

The Curriculum
 

 

For the Enthusiast

Attitudes to world poverty:
Find out more about Christian Aid at www.christianaid.org.uk
Islamic Relief at www.islamic-relief.com

Find out more about Fairtrade at www.fairtrade.org.uk

Key Stage 3 extension activities:

  1. Genocide – Holocaust Memorial Day Trust –
    Survivor Stories http://hmd.org.uk/resources/life-stories
    Read through a selection of the stories.
    Can you even imagine how you would be feeling if you were in their situation?
    How will their experiences have affected them for the rest of their lives?
    Create a Venn diagram highlighting the similarities and differences between two of the stories.
  2. Gandhi and King – Inspirational Speeches –
    http://www.inspiring-quotes-and-stories.com/quit-india.html
    http://www.inspiring-quotes-and-stories.com/i-have-a-dream.html
    What makes these two speeches so inspirational?
    What Speech techniques do both men use, and how are the two speeches different?
    Write a short speech on equal rights for women (see Mark Twain’s speech)
    http://www.inspiring-quotes-and-stories.com/votes-for-women.html
  3. Human Rights
    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
    Briefly read summaries of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Act 1998
    Can you find 3 Rights that appear in the article?
    Are there any Rights that you do not agree with?
    Are there any Rights that perhaps contradict one another?
    Watch this YouTube cliphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epVZrYbDVis
    How could you represent (pictures/animation) any of the Rights?
  4. Prejudice and Discrimination
    http://remember.org/guide/history-root-stereotypes
    Answer the questions posed at the end of the web page.

Key Stage 4 extension activities:
 
Matters of Life:
 
Find out more about surrogacy by looking at:
www.surrogacy.org.uk
 
Find out more about egg and sperm donations by looking at:
www.ngt.co.uk
 
Find out more about genetic engineering at:
www.beep.ac.uk
 
Attitudes to the Elderly and Death:
 
Try to find the lyrics to the song ‘My Generation’, written by Peter Townshend and sung by the Who. What does the first verse suggest to you about the gap between the young and the elderly?
 
Find out more about living wills. Go to www.direct.gov.uk and search for living wills.
 
Go to websites www.stchristophers.org.uk to find out more about the hospice movement.
 
Drug Abuse:
 
Find out more about illegal drugs by going to:
www.talktofrank.com
 
Create a short questionnaire to find out why people smoke and/or drink alcohol. Ask people across a wide range to complete it. Ask on people you know.
 
Access different cases about addictions at www.drugsline.org
 
Crime and Punishment:
 
Use the internet to find out more information about the following types of young institution: Secure training centres, secure children’s homes and young offender institutions.
 
Use the internet to find out Derek Bentley’s story and decide what punishment you think he should have received.
 
Use the internet or resources in school to find out about Elizabeth Fry and her link to prison reform.
 
Rich and poor in British society:
 
Find the song ‘Streets of London’ by Ralph McTell and listen to the lyrics. What do you think they mean?
 
Look up the following Bible references for Jesus’ teaching about poverty:
Luke 18:18-25, Luke 19:1-10 and Luke 21:1-4.
 
How could these help you to improve your answers?
 
Find out more about The Salvation Army at: www.salvationarmy.org.uk
 
Attitudes to world poverty:

Find out more about Christian Aid at www.christianaid.org.uk
Islamic Relief at www.islamic-relief.com
 
Find out more about Fairtrade at www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

 

 

This Is What Our Students Have To Say...

Why students enjoy the subject.

“You can learn so much about students in your class that you didn’t know before. You can express yourself fully without being nervous. You can discuss opinions and feelings with other students. There are so many good things.”

An account of a lesson, the course, a visit or speaker that really inspired them.

“We have lessons where people get to share their views on religions and I enjoy this because people can find out more about my religion and I get to learn about theirs. I like the fact that people aren’t scared to ask and it feels a safe environment to be in. We have lots of active lessons where we can present our ideas in a different way.”