The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 9 RE Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term


    Further details about the topic


    Paul Starts the Worldwide Church.

    This topic looks at God’s revelation to Paul and the growth of the worldwide church.


    How do we account for the impact of Paul’s revelation on the world?

    What can be learnt of God from Paul and the growth of the church?

    What are the alternative explanations?

    Why are such revelations questioned?

    Why do believers have different ideas and why are there different churches?


    Wealth and Poverty in the UK.

    This topic is on religious beliefs and teachings about wealth and poverty and focuses on the UK as an example.



    What are the religious teaching on wealth, business and enterprise, gifts and inheritance, earnings and savings?

    What are the causes of poverty, including homelessness, lack of education, family situation, illness and deprivation?

    What can religious charities and organisations do to help people break out of the poverty trap?

    Spring Term




    Life and Death.

     This topic considers the meaning of Life, Death, and the Afterlife. It also explores the reasonableness of belief, as well as the problems created by it.


    Does Life have a purpose or meaning? What is Death?

    What is the Afterlife, heaven, reincarnation, resurrection, as a memory of others?

    What evidence is there, such as scriptural accounts, ghost experience, channelling and the Near Death Experience?

    The Afterlife - what about the lack of proof, and the implications of science and atheism?



    This topic focuses on the key religious teaching on prejudice, including religion, race, colour, gender, age, disability, class and lifestyle.


    What are the causes and origins of prejudice?

    What are the religious teachings of tolerance, justice, harmony and the value of the individual?

    What can we learn from religious believers who have fought against prejudice, e.g. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Desmond Tutu?

    Summer Term




    War and Peace.

    This topic focuses on the key religious teachings on war and peace.


    Can there ever be a ‘Just War’?

    Can there ever be a ‘Holy War’?

    Why are some religious believers pacifists who have worked for peace?

    What can religious organisations do to help the victims of war?


    Natural World

    This topic focuses on religious teachings about the Natural World.


    What can religions teach us about the origins of life and the Natural World of Planet Earth?

    What are the religious beliefs about care and our responsibility for the Natural World?

    What can we learn from religious believers and religious organisations who have fought against the destruction of the Natural World?


    Autumn Term


    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Paul Starts the Worldwide Church



    Self, Peer and Teacher Assessment

    Spring Term



    CAT 2

    Wealth and Poverty in the UK


    Self, Peer and Teacher Assessment

    Summer Term



    CAT 3

    Life, Death and the Afterlife - Perspectives from World Religions 


    Self, Peer and Teacher Assessment

    Main Resources:




    Text books

    InspirRE Christianity text book.

    Jesus and the Birth of the Church.

    InspirRE Judaism text book.

    Truth and Spirituality

    Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions, Fleming .

    Religions of Man, Whiting.

    Ethics and Religion, Rankin.

    Thinking and God and Morality, Butler.










    4, 5, 6


    Recommended reading

    Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach.

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

    The Dreamthief’s Daughter by Michael Moorcock .

    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.



    Recommended websites

    RE:Quest - the definitive toolkit Christianity in R.E.

    BBC Religion and Ethics