THE TEACHING OF THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION (TPR) IS DESIGNED TO BE THOUGHT-PROVOKING, DYNAMIC AND ENGAGING.
By the time they leave Beechwood Park, pupils will have:
- An understanding of the overall thread of the Bible and know the key stories and characters
- An understanding of the kerygma or fundamentals of the Christian faith
- A respect for religion and religions and Christian morals, as well as an appreciation of their relevance in society today
- A basic understanding of the major world faiths.
- Develop the ability to think critically about the world around them
The syllabus also challenges children to discuss why they think the way they do.
Whilst the teaching of TPR is from a Christian perspective, all religions are treated with an equal respect. The Judaeo-Christian tradition is covered in the greatest detail in the classroom and this subject is given by the Chaplain, who represents the Christian faith to the children.
The Junior Department follow Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education to which Years 3 to Top Form build on. Throughout the Middle and Senior Departments a term of Theology, Philosophy or Religion will be taught.
By the end of Top Form, pupils will have covered the religions Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism (in the Middle Department) and Islam and Christianity (in the Senior Department). Topics will fall into two categories; Beliefs and Teachings and Practices and Ceremonies. Theology of Christianity will also be based around two areas; God’s relationship with the world and humanity's response to God, as seen in the Old and New Testaments.
In Years 3 and 4 the pupils will also have the opportunity to study philosophy during one term, in the form of ‘Philosophy 4 Children’. This is a brilliant opportunity to promote philosophical inquiry for its own sake, as well as for its capacity to build the attitudes and skills required by modern curricula, enriching concept formation in all subjects.
Year 5 discuss ‘conscience’ while year 6 deliberate the difficulties of running an island for 500 people, posing ethical questions about the significance of rules, punishments, the role of government and the need to protect to environment as a part of process.
Year 7 and Top Form delve into a bit more depth, examining Philosophy is as well as its different forms and methods, alongside researching significant philosophers from the past. The Common Entrance Exam taken in the Top Form sets the foundation to the Senior Department, but there are also opportunities to extend learning to those who intend to take Scholarship examinations.
Further elements of TPR lessons stem from areas covered in assemblies. Key religious festivals are explained in class and religious disciplines are also expanded upon.
The quality of the pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and is supported by the extremely strong arrangements for pastoral care. ISI Inspection Report 2013