Religious education (RE) is compulsory for all pupils in Government funded schools up to the age of 18. Schools must follow their locally agreed syllabus, and provide a daily act of collective worship that should be broadly Christian, unless the school has been allowed to perform acts of worship of another faith.
Given the importance placed on RE there are plenty of resources available to support students. What follows is our recommendations for Primary School Religious Education.
- Religious Festivals: Children will enjoy learning about different traditions and celebrations of the following religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Information is provided, questions are answered and activities and worksheets are provided for use in class or at home. There are also beautifully presented videos on mysterious topics such as ‘The riddle of Palm Sunday’. Worksheets can be quite challenging, since they ask children to fill in the blanks in ample bodies of text.
- Class Clips – RE: Stream a host of interesting videos in class or at home. Topics covered include Beliefs in Action, Creation, Family and Community, and Leaders and Teachers. Some videos are under one minute in length; others last approximately 10 minutes, making them ideal ‘fillers’ for students who have finished their work early, and sparking discussions and debate in class.
- Cymru: Codi Cwestiwn: These Welsh language religious education games teach children about the major world religions in a fun, dynamic fashion. There are five different games to choose from, each of which aims to deepen one’s understanding of the role and impact of religion, and to encourage deeper thinking on the topic. The games encourage independent thinking, requiring students to compare the value given by different religious on various important aspects of life. The site covers important issues such as the Environment, inequality, and the role of religion in prompting human beings to take the necessary action to resolve the world’s biggest problems.
- Primary Resources RE & PSHE: This site contains a particularly wonderful set or resources, uploaded by individual teachers. Topics covered include Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. There are activities and notes, banners, supporting documents, Powerpoint presentations and more. Set aside a whole afternoon to discover the gems on this site – you will certainly need it!
- First School Years: This site is mainly aimed at teachers and parents, since it contains a host of worksheets, flashcards and resources for use with primary school children.
- RE Quest: Children will love this colourful site, whose aim is lofty indeed: to ‘ask the big questions’ surrounding the Christian faith – questions like Why do we need mentors? Who is Jesus? and What is the Trinity? Main categories include the Bible, Festivals, Issues Christians face, Jesus, Life as a Christian and People and Places. The site boasts a modern, appealing design, inviting KS2 students to search from a host of colourful question boxes. The site will be as useful for children as it will be for teachers and parents, since it answers both general and highly specific questions about Christianity.
- Coxhoe Primary School: This site aims to look at religion through a contemporary lens, with resources specifically aimed at both teachers and students. Teachers’ resources include schemes of work, lesson plans and interesting ideas. Children, meanwhile, can focus on having fun with a myriad of games and activities for use in school or at home. Topics include Easter Activities, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and more. Content includes stories, simple explanations of basic tenets and quizzes. Entertaining pursuits include colouring books, hangman games, word searches and jigsaws.
We hope that you have found these resources useful. If you have come across additional resources that you think are great, please let us know via the comments.