Ethics, Theology and Philosophy
ETP develops our children into respectful, tolerant and open-minded people who appreciate and understand the world they are a part of.
ETP encourages children to appreciate and celebrate a range of cultures and religions around the world and builds a broad minded and multicultural community. ETP enables children to observe and question the world around them, developing skills of inquiry and critical thinking that allow them to explore big questions. Children reflect on their own beliefs and through our community hub work, we have strong connections with local places of worship. OADV ETP curriculum helps pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life as openhearted citizens. We use the Sheffield SACRE syllabus for the basis of our ETP teaching and adapt for the needs of our students.
Within the ETP curriculum we also cover Religious Education (RE).
RE develops our student into respectful, understanding and open-minded citizens who appreciate the community and wider world if which they are a part of.
Our RE curriculum is progressive and multifaceted, running through our primary to our secondary phase. We use our opportunities to develop SMSC throughout the curriculum in all of our topics. We focus on spiritual and moral development within the curriculum and which makes a distinctive contribution to understanding cultural diversity through developing understanding of religions. These opportunities for personal development contribute to high aspirations and global awareness. We focus on religious education in the primary phase. In the secondary phase we transition into ethics, theology and philosophy. The purpose of our curriculum is that it reflects the community and the city in which our student live. Sheffield has been given the title of city of sanctuary, and as such our curriculum reflects how multicultural and inclusive, we are. Students recognise the importance and relevance of each area studied and appreciate and celebrate a range of cultures and religions around the world, building a broad minded and multicultural community and building on their excellent religious literacy. RE enables children to observe and question the world around them, developing skills of enquiry and critical thinking that allow them to explore big and controversial questions and address contentious issues. Students reflect on their own beliefs, make links between the Abrahamic faith to alleviate misconceptions, and are able to explore other beliefs through our networks and curriculum. In addition to this and we are represented on the local SACRE board by our Secondary Head of Humanities. At OADV we use the Sheffield agreed syllabus in the primary phase as it has been specifically written to allow students to understand religions at a local, national and global context and meet the needs of our community. As we come to the secondary phase we have planned a curriculum using both the OCL curriculum and the Sheffield agreed syllabus to ensure that we address the need of the community and also address global issues. Our RE curriculum helps pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life as openhearted citizens.