The national curriculum states the legal requirement that: 'Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils;
  • and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

All state schools ... must teach religious education ...

"The RE curriculum is determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), which is responsible for producing the locally agreed syllabus for RE. Agreed Syllabuses used in schools (maintained or academy), which are not designated with a religious character must ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’. Schools with a religious designation may prioritise one religion in their RE curriculum, but all schools must recognise diverse religions and systems of belief in the UK both locally and nationally." Copyright NATRE.

National Curriculum Framework for RE.

Our RE pages are designed to support the curriculum in non-faith schools. The curriculum varies according to the locally agreed syllabus and Faith schools will follow their own curriculum, so please check with your school. Additional RE resources can be found through the Worksheet Finder, including some resources on religions not covered in the curriculum. The worksheets on this page include outlines of the teaching and supporting activities to extend knowledge, understanding and interest. The layout follows the pre-2014 curriculum.

Unit 7A Where do we look for God?
There are five arguments that God exists: Ontological, Cosmological, Teleological, Morality.

Does God exist?
Mother Teresa
Martin Luther
Poetry and nature

Unit 7B What does justice mean to Christians?
Read about Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King.

Zacchaeus KS3
Jesus and justice
Martin Luther King
Mother Teresa and her fight for justice

Unit 7C Religious figure (generic)
Do you know what John Wesley, George Fox and Gandhi are famous the worksheets below and find out.

John Wesley
George Fox
Religious leaders

Unit 7D Who was Gotama Buddha?
Buddha thought it was the duty of a spiritual seeker to devote his entire life to the real battle against our internal enemies.

Why is Buddha remembered today?
Buddha - his life
Buddha - teachings and events
Buddha - a way of life

Unit 7E What are we doing to the environment?
What is the impact of factory smoke, traffic congestion, power stations, aeroplanes and landfill?

Man's impact on the environment
Religion and the environment
Religious beliefs - care of the planet
Religions and the environment

Unit 8A What does Jesus' incarnation mean for Christians today?
The Son of God came in human form in order to be the Saviour of mankind.

The Messiah
The birth of Jesus
How important is salvation to Christians?

Unit 8B What does the Resurrection of Jesus mean for Christians today? 
The Resurrection proves that Jesus is who he claimed to be and was divine.

Meaning of the resurrection
Jesus appears to his followers
Life after death

Unit 8C Beliefs and practice (generic)
Religious  artefacts have meaning, memories and add atmosphere for people with faith.

Religious symbols KS3
Religious festivals worksheets
World religions

Unit 8D Beliefs and practice: how do the beliefs of Sikhs affect their actions?
The word Sikh means disciple or student. Sikhs believe in one God who is the same for people of all religions.

Five Ks

Unit 8E A visit to a place of worship (generic)
A Hindu temple or Mandir is a place of worship for Hindus. Synagogues provide a place of warmth, security and prayer for Jews.

Visiting a synagogue
Religious buildings
How to read a church

Unit 8F What makes a gurdwara special to Sikhs?
The gurdwara is a Sikh meeting place which serves as a place of worship, a school, a meeting place, and a communal kitchen. People may sometimes sleep there

The gurdwara
Bhatra Gurdwara, Cardiff
Places of worship - Sikh
Visiting a gurdwara

Unit 9A Where are we going? Rites of passage
Muslims rites of welcoming child are simple. The first word a new-born Muslim boy should hear are 'Come to prayer'.

Rites of passage - birth
Rites of passage - coming of age
Rites of passage - marriage
Rites of passage - death

Unit 9B Where did the universe come from?

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Belief and creation
Creation stories
The Wonder Project

Unit 9C Why do we suffer?
It is possible that God may want to let suffering prevail to prove that evil is evil and hence suffering is against God's will.

Christian and other responses to suffering
Suffering - what questions do people ask?
Why we suffer - Christians and Buddhists

Unit 9D Why are some places special to religious believers?
All religions have places that are important to members of their faith and often believers make pilgrimages to these places to show devotion.

Jerusalem - a special place
Pilgrimages for KS3
Making a pilgrimage

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