RE - Explore faith and customs

13th January 2012 at 00:00

What the lesson is about

World Religion Day is 16 January, which makes it a perfect time to explore the customs and faiths of the different cultures that form our global community. Numerous teachers have shared a myriad of fun and engaging resources in keeping with the religious theme.

Taking it further

At the root of many religions is the creation story, and Pamela2223 has created a primary literacy resource covering comparison, word recognition and useful vocabulary through a number of creation stories from a range of cultures.

An alternative approach is, of course, to examine different belief systems through religious symbols or places of worship. Moira16 shares a detailed presentation on the former while staxfleming offers a similar PowerPoint on the latter. Both use the material as a starting point for discussing the central beliefs of the major world religions.

To take a citizenship or historical approach, consider how different religions came to Britain with Psychy's cards, usable for sorting or revision activities.

And to move away from the big six, try resources on Rastafarianism or Pagan and Neo-Pagan perspectives. BrummyBoy suggests a presentation loaded with interaction and accompanied by music to introduce students to Rastafarianism and its link to slavery.

What else?

Many more resources can be explored in the World Religion Day collection.

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