Yr 7-9 Religious Education & Ethics Curriculum Notes (2009)

Dr Nicholas Coleman, Wesley College, Victoria
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Yr 7 Religious Education & Ethics Curriculum Notes (2009)


  • Review of REE
  • The Nature of Religion
  • Overview of the Abrahamic Faiths
  • Common Origins & Beliefs of the Abrahamic Faiths
  • Genesis Story of “The Fall” from God’s Grace
  • The Nature of God
  • Images of God
  • Images of God in the Old and New Testaments
  • Illuminate a Scripture
  • God in the World
  • Unity in Diversity – the Golden Rule
  • Commandments in the Old and New Testaments
  • Development of the Christian Churches
  • Symbolism of the Uniting Church
  • The Christian World-View
  • Beliefs expressed in the “Jesus Prayer”
  • No God, No Peace – Know God, Know Peace
  • Great Religions of the World
  • The 8 “Aspects” of Religion
  • The Shema
  • The Five Pillars of Islam
  • Aboriginal Spirituality
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Text Study of Two Prayers
  • Turning the Mind to God
  • A Lesson on Critical Thinking – Student Handout
  • A Lesson on Critical Thinking – Teacher’s Elaboration
  • Prayer Pyramid
  • Summative Assessment Questions

Yr 8 Religious Education & Ethics Curriculum Notes – Part 1,Part 2, Part 3


  • Class 1: REE Review
  • Classes 2—3: Skills of Memory and Imagination
  • Class 4: Thinking about Creation
  • Class 5: The World of Spirit
  • Class 6: The Fall from Grace
  • Class 7: Authority and Opinion
  • Class 8: Truth beyond belief
  • Class 9—14: Stories of Creation
  • – Hindu Creation Stories (OM and “Parusha”
  • – Creation according to Plato & John
  • – Aslan sings Narna into existence
  • – Ideas of God and creation
  • Class 15: Reality and Human Potential
  • The Truman Show and Religion: What is it to be fully human?
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Concepts of Sin & Suffering & Salvation in World Religions
  • Life after Death Unit
  • Class 25: Signs of Spirit
  • Class 26: Being-Aware-Joyfully
  • Classes 27—29:A Film Study: The Butcher’s Wife
  • Classes 30—31: Group Lesson Project
  • Class 32: Reflect and Report
  • Assessment Tasks

Yr 9 Religious Education & Ethics Curriculum Notes – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


  • Introducing Students to the World of Religion
  • The Song of God
  • Axial Era
  • Eight Characteristics of Religion
  • Welcome to the Real World – “I love Huckabees” – The Meaning Of Life, Part 1
  • Core Hindu Beliefs
  • Heroes of Social Justice
  • “King of Kings”
  • Social Justice and Ethics
  • Reality and Illusion
  • Global consciousness and Cosmic Law
  • Plato’s Allegory of “the Cave”
  • Text: Theme of Light & Darkness in John’s Gospel
  • The World-Soul in Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy
  • Thinking about Thoughts: a Stairway to Heaven
  • The Problem of Meaning in Life


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