Ethics & Philosophy at The Levels School

Ethics and philosophy is an important subject in supporting the teaching of British Values and SMSC with many cross-curricular links, particularly to PSHE. The curriculum provides a strong basis of knowledge of the six major world religions, which are then built on through discussions around ethics and philosophy. Lessons are taught with a range of teaching and learning techniques, allowing plenty of time for discussion and the processing of the "big questions" and finding links between concepts.

In addition to The Levels School's core values and skills, we aim to develop these specific skills:

  • Investigation

  • Interpretation

  • Reflection

  • Empathy

  • Evaluation

  • Analysis

  • Expression

  • Presentation

 

Key Stage Two

KS2 students are taught in mixed-age and mixed-ability groups consisting of children from Years 4 to 6. All KS2 children are taught the same history curriculum in a single year. To avoid repeating the same units, the KS2 curriculum has been mapped over three years, with students studying different units in years A, B and C.

 

Key Stage Three

 
 

Holiday Activities 

If you're looking to support your child's ethics & philosophy studies at home, try the following activities:

  • Reading fiction, particularly books with characters of different faiths and cultures. A great one to read is the "Narnia" series. 

  • Reading philosophy, ethics and religion books, such as "The Little Book of Humanism" and Bible stories for children.

  • Watching relevant films, TV shows and documentaries. BBC iPlayer has lots of great documentaries about different cultures and religions. There are many films and TV shows which delve into philosophical and ethical questions, such "Bruce Almighty", "Life of Pi", "The Prince of Egypt", "The Good Place", "Ghost", "iRobot" and "The Matrix". 

  • Seeing relevant theatre productions, such as "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" or "Jesus Christ Superstar".

  • Visit sites of religious importance. Many churches, synagogues, mosques etc. have open days and welcome visitors. 

  • Visit places of awe and wonder. Many people experience feelings of awe and wonder in places with amazing architecture, like St Paul's Cathedral, or incredible natural sites, such as Cheddar Gorge. These experiences can make children consider their place in the universe and question the presence of a larger power. 

  • Discussions at home about "big questions". Children love to talk to family members about their beliefs regarding many philosophical and ethical questions. Where did the universe come from? What happens when we die? Is it ever right to lie? Is it right for humans to eat animals?