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Religious Studies

Curriculum Intent

At Grace Academy, we believe it is Religious Education that promotes these virtues and encourages students to respect and immerse themselves into the wider world around them. Our broad curriculum allows pupils to use their knowledge to justify their opinion on controversial topics, as well as consider opposing views. Our systematic approach ensures that we are building upon that knowledge throughout their time at Grace Academy to prepare them for life outside of Grace.

Religious Education is the subject to provide pupils with the knowledge they need to become good human beings in line with our school ethos and values. This is to reflect the need of tolerant, informed and respectful young people entering the diverse workplace and higher education. 

Our wider curriculum ensures that students gain experiences of a variety of faiths, the perspectives held by individuals of different faiths and where our Christian Ethos guides our values and approach to both education and life. 

“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility and forgiveness” - Dalai Lama

This term (term 6), we are studying… 



Why this? Why now?

Year 7

“What makes a religion?” – project


Religion and Morality

  • To gain understanding of what goes into something being considered a ‘religion’
  • Previous knowledge of the six main religions can be used to be successful in the project.
  • To understand where our morals come from and how decisions influence others
  • The first topic in Year 8 is Religion and Crime, so knowledge and understanding can be applied on a deeper level.

Year 8

Religion and Suffering

  • To understand what different religions say about how God can coexist with evil and suffering.
  • This topic follows Religion and God, where we looked at evidence for and against God existing – one of those things briefly discussed was evil and suffering existing.

Year 9

Religion and Humanity

  • This topic includes some of the basics in terms of knowledge needed for the GCSE topic ‘Religion and Life’ including what Christians believe about the creation of the world.
  • This topic also follows religious views on conflict and therefore creates contrasting viewpoints. It therefore introduces those skills needed to succeed at GCSE.

Year 10

Islam Practices 

  • This topic has followed on from Islam Beliefs and Teachings – the practices explain how the beliefs and teachings are relevant today.
  • Islam has followed on from Christianity due to more background knowledge in Christianity from previous Key stages. Islam has many similarities so knowledge can be developed from there.


Qualification information:

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

Our Values

We can achieve so much more than we think we can


Success doesn’t happen by mistake


Everyone deserves to feel valued and important


Honesty and doing the right thing are what really counts


Life is better with fresh starts and second chances