To model the pedagogy DAN exists to promote, a sample 5 Stands Beginners Curriculum for Yrs 7-9 is offered. The curriculum was written by Dr Felicity McCutcheon (Head of Philosophy & Religion at Melbourne Grammar School) as one possible way into teaching RAVE for new and non-specialist teachers.

Read about the rationale for a 5 Strands Curriculum

There are many other possible models for teaching RAVE in an academically rigorous and relevant way. Check out alternative approaches offered on the DAN website including the Yrs 7-9 Religious Education & Ethics Curriculum (2009) and Yr 9 Matrix Unit from Dr Nicholas Coleman, Wesley College, Victoria and Years 7-13 Religious Studies Unit Outlines from St Peter’s College, Auckland.

It is hoped that additional models will be added in time to the DAN website and we welcome your contribution.

DAN highly recommends the Charles Sturt University Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education for new RAVE teachers and teachers looking to develop their existing RAVE curriculum. This distance education course provides an invaluable grounding in biblical, philosophical, ethical and multi-faith disciplines within religious studies.


Religion and Philosophy – DAN Beginners Sample Curriculum

The model contains a curriculum matrix, schemes of work, and additional resources including teaching notes, assessment tools and two stand alone units.



The Yr 7 Scheme of Work includes the following topics:

1. Overview (3 lessons)

  • The ways in which humans beings have expressed their understanding of the spiritual dimension
  • Mapping Religions of the World
  • Christian concepts of Incarnation and Trinity

2. Jesus as God in Human Form (5 lessons)

  • When did he turn up?
  • Roman rule and the Jewish expectation
  • What did he do in his life? Who did he hang out with?
  • What sort of things did he say?
  • Death and resurrection of Jesus

3. What are the reasons for thinking he was God? (2 lessons)

  • Who do people say that I am?
  • What evidence could there be that he was God?

4. What did he teach? (3 lessons)

  • How did he teach?
  • Interpreting Parables
  • Acting out Parables

5. Why did he die? (3-4 lessons)

  • The human perspective
  • The ordinary concept of salvation
  • The theological concept of salvation
  • Concept of salvation/reconciliation
  • True reconciliation

6. Gospels/ Portraits of Jesus (6 lessons)

  • The Gospels – Background and Introduction
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • The Gospel of John
  • Portraits of Jesus in Art
  • Truth in perspective

Stand Alone Unit of Work: C.S Lewis,The Magician’s Nephew (available on CD)



The Yr 8 Scheme of Work includes the following topics:

1. Overview of Spiritual Dimension (1 lesson)

2. Overview of Biblical Story and Background to Hebrew Scriptures (1 lesson)

3. Origins of the Universe – Creation and Science (6 lessons)

  • Background to Hebrew Scriptures
  • Ways in which worlds come into being
  • Context and content of Genesis 2
  • Context and content of Genesis 1
  • Cosmological argument for the existence of God
  • The Fall – Origins of Discord and Disharmony

4. Covenant -Abraham to Moses (7 lessons)

  • The Call of Abraham and the covenant with God
  • The Formation of God’s people
  • The Link between Abraham and Moses -Joseph
  • Moses and the Exodus
  • The Desert experience and the Ten Commandments
  • The Covenant Form
  • The Laws of Life

5. Kings – who rules the world? (3 lessons)

  • Historical Overview from Judges to Kings
  • King David
  • King Solomon

6. The Prophets – Reminders of the Real (3 lessons)

  • What is a Prophet?
  • Jonah
  • Themes in Prophetic Literature

7. Psalms and Wisdom Literature (3 lessons)

  • Psalms and Hymns
  • Proverbs
  • Wisdom



The Yr 9 Scheme of Work includes the following topics:

1. Overview of the Spiritual Dimension (1 lesson)

2.What does it mean to be human? (3 lessons)

3. Hinduism (4 lessons)

4. Judaism (3 lessons)

5. Buddhism (3 lessons)

6. Islam (4 lessons)

7. Christianity (3 lessons)

8. Truth in Religion (1 lesson)

9. Life after Death (2 lessons)

Stand Alone Unit of Work: C.S Lewis,The Last Battle (available on CD)


In addition to the philosophy incorporated in the curriculum, students in each level complete one assessment task/seminster on a philosphical topic. Topics might include:

  • The Nature of Mind (Relationship between Mind/Body, Computers as ‘Thinkers’)
  • Nature of Knowledge
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Truth and Lies (Student exercise and article on CD)
  • Meaning and Meaninglessness (Student exercise and article on CD)


It is hoped that in time units of work might be developed to support the additional philosophy topics and gaps in the Beginners Curriculum. The DAN EO would be delighted to receive any feedback, suggestions and offers to contribute units of work!

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