All students begin their PRE journey at Presdales by considering the Big Questions in life, and are thus introduced to the concept of Philosophy. We then consider three key questions: Why are we here? Why are initiation rites so important? How do people express their beliefs in God? and discover how different worldviews answer these questions. Over the year students will learn about the responses of Christianity, Hinduism and Humanism, and consider how these beliefs impact their actions in the world.
We begin Year 8 by introducing the concept of ethics, and learning that all major worldviews have a system of ethics. Students learn about the foundations of Judaism and Buddhism and Christianity, and compare the key ethical teachings about how people should treat others. We continue our study of religious practices through looking at rites of passage, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation and the Amrit Ceremony. We then look at religions in modern Britain, evaluate arguments as to whether Britain can still be called a Christian country, and consider the challenges of being a member of a minority faith in the UK, from the Muslim and Sikh perspective. We complete the year by considering why people keep their faith in times of extreme adversity, such as when under oppressive regimes.
In Year 9, students learn about prejudice and discrimination in the context of the Civil Rights Movement in America, and focus on the life and faith of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. We study the aspects of Christianity and Islam that inspired their activism, and we reflect on the question of whether violence in the pursuit of justice could ever be justified. Students then consider the arguments for and against the existence of God and reflect on their own response to this philosophical question. We consider how religious experience might lead people to faith, focussing on pilgrimage. We then look at the teachings of the worldviews of Christianity, Hinduism and Humanism on the relationship between humans and animals, and how this may be reflected in their lives, and views on animal research.