Religion & Philosophy

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit - Aristotle

Our vision as a department is to inspire and engage active learners in a personal and academic exploration of spiritual and moral questions

At Haberdashers’ Askes’ Crayford Academy we believe that studying Religion and Philosophy helps pupils to understand and appreciate aspects of cultural difference, context and change while challenging and extending their perceptions of themselves and other people. The subject promotes self-awareness, respect, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder. Religion and Philosophy also helps pupils develop key skills such as communication, working with others and problem solving. At Crayford Academy, RS is a curriculum entitlement for all pupils.

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3 all students study aspects of the six major religions in the United Kingdom – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Topics included are; Questions about Islam, Morals and Truth (important stories from the Old Testament), Big Questions, Questions about Jesus, An Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics and Religion and the Arts.


Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

What is Religion?

What do Hindus believe?

Should the UK bring back the death sentence?


What are morals?

What is Philosophy?

How has religion stood up to prejudice?

Who was Jesus?

Who were the Sikh Gurus?

Why are there different types of Christians?

What did Jesus teach?

What does it mean to be Jewish?

What is the Problem of Suffereing?
5 What are the key beliefs in Islam? How did Buddhism start? How did the Holocaust affect religious groups?
6 What are the Five Pillars of Islam? What was religion like in the 20th century? What is interfaith dialougue?


Key Stage 4

Students have an option study for a full course GCSE in Religious Studies. Students study the AQA specification, which includes the study of Islam and Christianity as well as the exploration of Philosophical and moral problems. You can find out more about the AQA Religious Studies GCSE on the AQA website or by following this link: