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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies curriculum at Crawshaw Academy is designed to allow students to explore key values and develop their understanding of the wider world.

Religious Studies is a subject in which students can express who they are without judgement, and learn why others hold different beliefs to their own.

Religious Studies provides students with the opportunity to learn what it means to live in a multifaith society, why people have different beliefs, practices and customs, how to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity and promote British Values. We also examine current hot topics such as radicalisation, extremism and discrimination and how best to respond to these issues, with the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence. In our subject we learn how to effectively debate our opinions, build on our empathy skills, and demonstrate our mutual respect and tolerance of others regardless of religion, race, gender or culture. We develop our speaking and literacy skills, encourage students to work in groups to approach various topics as well as conducting independent enquiries. The overarching theme is to promote an appreciation for others and to allow students to become well-rounded, moral individuals. 

Programme Leader for Religious Studies

Mr Calvin Hand


Subject Teachers

  • Miss Tania Lewis
  • Mr Tim Toepritz
  • Zulakah Ali

KS3 Religious Studies

KS3 RS curriculum map

Year 7

The Year 7 topics are as follows:

  • An introduction to Religious Studies. This explores the history and development of the major religions whilst also aiming to explore key misconceptions.
  • Hinduism
  • Christianity

Year 8

  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Animal rights

Year 9

  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Humanism

GCSE Religious Studies

The GCSE Religious Studies course challenges students with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study. During Year 10, Buddhism and Christianity are covered as the major global religions. In Year 11, four ethical themes are studied including crime and punishment, peace and conflict, religion and life, and relationships and families.

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