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 3A What do signs and symbols mean in religion?
A four pointed star symbol in Christianity is also known as the Star of Bethlehem.

Symbols in Christianity
Non literal language and metaphors
Religious symbols
What do signs and symbols mean in religion?

Unit 3B How and why do Hindus celebrate Diwali?
Diwali or the Festival of Lights is a celebration by Hindus or Sikhs held in October or November.

Diwali activities
Diwali website
Diwali book

Unit 3C What do we know about Jesus?
Jesus made it clear that he was God's promised Messiah.

Jesus as a boy
Miracles of Jesus
Who is Jesus?

Unit 3D What is the Bible and why is it important for Christians?
The Bible is a library of books penned by many people who got their inspiration from God.

What is the Bible?
The Lion Bible for children
The Good News Bible
Worksheets on the Bible

Unit 3E What is faith and what difference does it make?
Faith is a strong belief in a specific system of religious beliefs.

What is faith?
Abraham and the idols
Abraham and Isaac
A faith like mine

Unit 4A How and why do Hindus worship at home and in the mandir?
Hinduism is a matter of practice rather than a belief. Traditionally, a mandir would be built with the front facing the rays from the rising sun.

Unit 4B celebrations: Christmas journeys
Mary and Joseph travelled from Galilee to Bethlehem because of the Roman census.

How far is it to Bethlehem?
Journey to Bethlehem
Nativity journeys

Unit 4C Why is Easter important to Christians?
Christians regard Easter Sunday as the most important day of the Christian year as Jesus is the light of the world. At Easter, light has overcome darkness and good has triumphed over evil.


Unit 4D What religions are represented in our neighbourhood?
Christians, Catholics, Muslims, Sikhs as with all regions have their own places of worship in our neighbourhood.

Religion in our neighbourhood
Identifying places of worship
Religions in your neighbourhood
What religions are in our neighbourhood?

Unit 5A Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?~
Muhammad is important to Muslims as he is their God.

Prophet Muhammed
Why is Muhammed important to Muslims?
Five pillars of Islam
Muhammed and Islam

Unit 5B How do Muslims express their beliefs through practices?
Muslims pray in Mosques and will give faith-based dissertations.

Eid ul Fitr
Eid ul Adha
Question sheet on Islam

Unit 5C Where did the Christian Bible come from?
The 66 Books of the Bible were written over 1600 uears (1513 BCE and 96 CE).

What is the Bible 2?
How did we get the Bible?
The Bible and three religions
Writings in the Bible

Unit 5D How do the beliefs of Christians influence their actions?
There are many teachings in the story of the Good Samaritan that are important lessons for everyone today, Christian or not.

The Good Samaritan
How Christians help others
Christian charities
How do beliefs of Christians influence actions?

Unit 6A Worship and community - generic

There are many more religions such as Jainism, Zoroastrianism,  Confucianism, Taoism,  and Shinto which are also well-known.

What do people believe?
What do people believe? In my community
Some more religions

Unit 6B Worship and community: what is the role of the mosque?
The mosque is the focal point of the Muslim community. It is a place of worship, acts as a resource centre and an education centre.

Inside a mosque
The mosque
Yemeni mosque Cardiff

Unit 6C Why are sacred texts important? - Generic
They are religious texts which hold  traditions as the bases of people's beliefs.

Sacred texts
The Holy Books challenge
Guru Granth Sahib
Understanding sacred texts

Unit 6D What is the Qur'an and why is it important to Muslims?
The Qur'an is the sacred book of Islam containing the word of Allah and is written in Arabic.

The Holy Qur'an
Poetry ideas using the Qur'an
Passages from the Qur'an
I am a Muslim

Unit 6E What can we learn from Christian religious buildings?
Religious buildings are peaceful and quiet. They give us space to contemplate and we can learn to appreciate that there is time to stop and think without all the hustle and bustle of the world outside.

The features of a church
What can we learn from Christian religious buildings?
A parish church
Visiting a church

Unit 6F How do people express their faith through the arts?
Music and art are an integral part of worship as they give us time to think, appreciate and feel inspired. 

What a vicar wears
Expressing faith through the arts
Muslim art
How do people express faith through the arts?

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