Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
In Core RMPS pupils are given the opportunity to develop as individuals and free thinkers. This will aid them in becoming mature citizens in society who can contribute from a position of understanding, tolerance and respect for others.
The study of RMPS at Alva Academy is concerned with understanding the experience of humanity in its search for meaning, value and purpose in life.
The aims of RMPS, which shape and guide our curriculum, are:
- To provide a caring and supportive environment which allows the student to develop their full potential, both as individuals and as members of society
- To help students to recognise and appreciate the varies religious and spiritual dimensions of life
- To encourage each student to investigate matters in an analytical and questioning manner
- To provide equal opportunities for each student
- To lead students to deeper understanding of the traditions present throughout the planet and the ways in which those traditions seek to express their understanding of life
- To encourage students to find enjoyment in the work they do
- To contribute in a positive way to the whole school environment
- To present the curriculum free from fixed religious agenda
There are a number of units of work that S2 pupils may cover these include Philosophical Thinking, Rites of Passage, War, Humanitarianism, Festivals and Creation
In S3 pupils have the opportunity to study Morality, Aborigines, Racism, Philosophical Enquiry and Heritage
Senior pupils (S4-S6) cover a wide range of topics including Cults, Scepticism, Enquiry, Life after Death, Citizenship, Gender, Food, Capital Punishment, Superstitions
In addition S5 pupils take part in a Youth Philanthropy Initiative which gives them the skills to assess the needs of our local community and direct grants to community based charities making a local impact upon those needs. YPI empowers young people to genuinely participate in the development of their own community, engaging them as dedicated problem solvers. This initiative promotes a sense of responsibility, respect, and lasting commitment to growing understanding and compassionate communities.