Top research projects for RE

Sian Evans
07th June 2017
Religious education research project being taught

Expand students’ understanding of different religions and ethical dilemmas with these thought-provoking projects  

Whether working independently or in groups, learners can gain a lot by channelling their inner detective as they investigate new topics, undertake research and present their findings back to the rest of the class. Plus, it’s an easy-to-implement way of keeping pupils engaged during the summer term.

That’s why we’ve carefully selected a range of projects, designed to set up meaningful lessons while developing essential research, writing and presentation skills.

KS3 resources

Mix things up by asking pupils to take on the role of a teacher in this investigatory Judaism project, in which they research a specific religious element to share with the rest of the class. Alternatively, encourage them to think about the significance of religious festivals by designing one of their own with the help of this well-structured presentation.  

For something a little more hard-hitting, try tackling the ethical issues surrounding animal testing using this comprehensive workbook, offering a series of research tasks and an extended writing task.

KS4 and post-16 resources

Pick apart the concept of pacifism and the biblical teachings that Christians use to promote peace with this detailed resource pack, containing an introductory presentation, booklet and card-sorting exercise. Or, use these activity sheets to kick-start a group research project on one of the six world religions, culminating in pupils giving a presentation with a focus on metacognition.

Finally, why not really challenge students to think about the different religious responses to the concept of suffering with this problem of evil project?

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