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Year 9 Religious Education

What will my child study in RE during Year 9?

Students follow the Living Difference IV: Agreed RE Syllabus (2021). The aim of Year 9 study is to apply student learning through Years 7 and 8 in RE to areas of human rights, ethics and citizenship.  Students focus on developing well balanced arguments on issues and an overall judgement or evaluation, drawing on religious and non-religious approaches. 

Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues from a religious and non-religious perspective. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study at GCSE.

Autumn Term

Spring term Summer Term

Medical ethics

How should medical technology be used?



Is it ever right to fight?


How should criminals be punished?



Why are relationships such an important issue?


How much does the media influence us?


Ethical perspectives

What does ethics teach us about how we should live our lives?

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in RE in Year 9?

  • Three assignments over the year will be assessed.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 9 in RE?

  • In RE, students are expected to complete homework approximately twice a term, in line with school policy.

How can I support my child to do well in RE during Year 9?

  • Check that homework is being completed
  • Encourage the use of additional resources of information, for example the library, the Internet, videos, documentaries and films

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • In addition to standard equipment expected for all lessons, colouring pencils, pencils and a 30cm ruler will also be needed. Highlighters are recommended

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in RE?

  • At the ‘emerging level’ students are able to identify the main ideas in the course content.
  • At the ‘improving level’ students show they can describe and explain the areas covered in the course content.
  • At the ‘higher level’ students show they can offer thoughtful personal responses and be able to compare and contrast different viewpoints on areas covered in the course content.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Lessons are designed to build knowledge and skills so that all students can progress
  • Work is differentiated in lessons to reflect the needs of all students
  • Students are given the chance to practice writing skills and to revise before assessments after which they will receive formative feedback
  • The BBC Bitesize Religious Education Key Stage 3 website and SAM Learning can be very useful in helping students consolidate their learning outside of the classroom

Updated September 2023