Resources for Teaching about World Religions in English Schools: An Audit

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Resources for Teaching about World
Religions in English Schools: An Audit
Mary Hayward and Paul Hopkins
Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit,
Institute of Education, University of Warwick
Contents
PREFACE.......................................................................................................................................................................3
PART 1: BOOKS............................................................................................................................................................4
1.1 INTRODUCTION..............................................................................................................................................................4
1.1.1 Sources of information..................................................................................................................................4
1.1.2 The scope of the audit...................................................................................................................................5
1.1.3 The nature of the audit..................................................................................................................................6
1.1.4 The organisation of the audit........................................................................................................................6
1.1.5 Emergent trends............................................................................................................................................6
1.2 KEY STAGES 1 AND 2....................................................................................................................................................6
1.2.1 Information books about religion(s)..............................................................................................................8
1.2.2 Series which draw on a number of religions................................................................................................25
1.2.3 Stories/Story collections..............................................................................................................................27
1.2.4 Resources for teachers/Schemes of work.....................................................................................................30
1.2.5 Key Stages 1 & 2 Resources: Series Information........................................................................................32
1.3. KEY STAGE 3............................................................................................................................................................40
1.3.1 Series designed for KS3 religious education...............................................................................................40
1.3.2 Books on individual religions......................................................................................................................43
1.3.3 Details of series offering approaches by individual religion.......................................................................46
1.4.4 Summary of GCSE Specifications for Religious Studies: a context in which to place publications.............56
1.5: POST-16 RESOURCES..................................................................................................................................................58
1.5.1 Resources for GCE AS/A2 Level for teaching from 2008 ..........................................................................58
1.5.2 Other resources available for AS/A2 religious studies................................................................................61
PART 2: E- RESOURCES...........................................................................................................................................64
2.1 INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................................................64
2.1.1 Summary of key points................................................................................................................................65
2.2 WEB RESOURCES........................................................................................................................................................68
2.2.2 Websites of the major faith organisations in the UK....................................................................................69
2.2.3 Sites for students.........................................................................................................................................70
2.2.4 Key Stage 1 and 2 sites for pupils ..............................................................................................................70
2.2.5 Key Stage 3 sites for students .....................................................................................................................78
2.2.6 Key Stage 4 sites for students .....................................................................................................................83
2.2.7 Post 16 sites for students.............................................................................................................................86
2.3 CD-ROM, DVD AND VLE MATERIALS......................................................................................................................94
2.3.3 Christianity.................................................................................................................................................98
2.3.5 Islam.........................................................................................................................................................100
2.3.6 Judaism.....................................................................................................................................................101
2.4 TELEVISION AND FILM...............................................................................................................................................103
2.4.1 Television and Radio.................................................................................................................................103
2.4.2 Film...........................................................................................................................................................105
2.5 YOUTUBE................................................................................................................................................................106
2.5.1 Buddhism: ................................................................................................................................................106
2.5.2 Christianity: .............................................................................................................................................107
2.5.3 Hinduism: ................................................................................................................................................107
2.5.4 Islam: .......................................................................................................................................................107
2.5.5 Judaism: ...................................................................................................................................................107
2.5.6 Sikhism: ....................................................................................................................................................108
2.6 EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR LOOKING AT WEBSITES..........................................................................................................109
2.6.1 Authenticity / Credibility...........................................................................................................................109
2.6.2 Content......................................................................................................................................................109
2.6.3 Navigation.................................................................................................................................................110
2.7 REFERENCES.............................................................................................................................................................111
APPENDIX 1: PUBLISHERS OF BOOKS LISTED IN THE AUDIT...................................................................................................112
APPENDIX 2: RESOURCE SITES FOR ‘READY MADE’ OR PARTIALLY MADE WEB MATERIALS:....................................................115
APPENDIX 3: SAMPLE SEARCHES ON GOOGLE......................................................................................................................118
APPENDIX 4: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRES....................................................................................................120
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Preface
Robert Jackson
This following is an audit of resources for use in teaching about world religions, available
to teachers in England. Part 1 covers books, and Part 2 deals with electronic resources.
The audit was conducted as part of a study, commissioned by the Department for
Children, Schools and Families, of materials used to teach about world religions in
English schools. The Final Report of the full project, includes a report on a quantitative
survey sampling all school types, 20 case studies of the use of RE materials in a range
of English schools and analyses of a small sample of books and electronic resources by
a team of academic and professional religious education experts and consultants from
within the six faiths covered in the study (Jackson et al. 2010). The audit of books was
conducted by Dr Mary Hayward, and that of e-resources by Paul Hopkins.
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Part 1: Books
1.1 Introduction
Religious Education in schools in England has long enjoyed access to a wide range of
literature, including textbooks (mainly secondary) about religion(s), aspects of religion, or
themes; information books (predominantly primary); biography (predominantly Christian),
and story. The proliferation of books available to schools in England – for all subjects in
the curriculum - has not been matched by evaluative activity, textbook research and
analysis such as that undertaken in other European countries. The timescale and
funding of the current project allows only for the review and analysis of a very small
number of the books available to teachers for RE in England and the analysis itself is
within a limited framework.1 This audit is therefore important in drawing attention not only
to what is available to schools, but also to the much wider range of books which might
have been selected for review; in the case of the audit as with the review selection has
also been necessary.
The audit was undertaken in the period August 2008 to July 2009; it thus reflects
publishers’ listings of books during that period and parallels the period of the full
research project (Jackson et al. 2010) of which it was an integral part.
The audit of books which follows is not exhaustive; it does however attempt to identify
materials which are readily available to teachers from key publishers of books for young
people and schools. The selection of books aims only to include books listed by
publishers during the period noted above and whose date of publication is 2000 or later;2
the latter decision requires some qualification. First, books which bear a recent date and
retain a place in catalogues may be re-prints/new editions of very much earlier texts.
Second, publishers in the main do not indicate the date of publication in their catalogues;
frequently access to this demands a multi-layered search for each book in a publisher’s
on-line catalogue or elsewhere. Third, with regard to some types of printed materials e.g.
some picture based resources, or story material, date of publication may be of less
significance than in relation to e.g. an information book – although the style of
presentation and nuancing may still ‘date’ such a resource.
1.1.1 Sources of information
In tracking providers of books for RE, reference was first made to the reviews section of
RE Today, a publication for RE teachers with a wide circulation. A survey of this
publication from 2000 to the present pointed to the many sources, educational and faith
based, from which RE materials may come. Conversations with the Educational
Publishers’ Association confirmed the team’s existing knowledge of key publishers of RE
textbooks and extensive use was also made of the list of over 70 publishers identified by
UK Children’s Books http://www.ukchildrensbooks.co.uk/pubs.html. The website of each
listed publisher or distributor on this site was visited to establish whether or not their
range of publications included books on religion(s), aspects of religion - such as story
and festival, or materials designed expressly for RE. Contributions from members of the
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The number of books examined in detail at each Key Stage (KS) was as follows: KS1/2: 43; KS3:37; KS4
& post 16:21.
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This date reflects the fact most books in publishers’ current catalogues were published after 2000; it also
enabled the audit to be inclusive of materials produced or updated in the past ten years and to take account
in the review of the relation of resources to initiatives in RE during this period.
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National Federation of RE Centres who drew attention to popular items in their
collections have also proved helpful.
Information gathered by members of the team from visits to Case Study schools
highlighted the materials the schools knew and used, as has that gathered by the
project’s survey of schools. It was clear that schools do not necessarily have access to
the most recent publications and that those held may span many years; there is also a
discernible move away from printed resources as a primary source of information.
Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) proved an invaluable tool in tracking dates, editions and
authors of books where publishers’ catalogues do not give this information; there must
however remain provisionality about the dates in the lists which follow since in many
cases bibliographical data could only be acquired from a secondary source.
1.1.2 The scope of the audit
The audit proceeded on the basis of current (2008/09) print and online catalogues of
publishers identified in the ways indicated above, recognising that not all print resources
could be included, and broadly operating within the date restriction already noted.
The scope of the audit is further limited by the focus of the project itself: resources for
teaching ‘world religions’, here the six ‘principal’ religions practised in the UK.3
Consequently the audit has aimed to identify resources which look at the respective
religions in their own right, or in relation to each other. At the same time, the nature of
contemporary RE demands that selected resources which draw on these traditions in,
for example, exploring themes, or delivering popular philosophy and ethics courses are
also included.
Adherence to the above criteria and priorities in the selection of materials means that
some publishers’ profiles in the audit may be less prominent than those which they enjoy
in the field of RE publishing. For example, RMEP 4carries a catalogue which includes
many pre 2000 resources, and some whose first appearance was pre-1990; additionally
some of its subject areas e.g. exploration of biblical material, or its long established
‘Faith in Action’ series of biographies lie outside the immediate scope of the present
project which focuses specifically on resources for ‘teaching about world religions’ There
is no intention to question the contribution such publishers make to the resourcing of RE.
Finally, the audit draws in the main on educational publishers or those with a stake in the
educational market. Where items from faith based publishers have been included, they
are resources designed primarily for school use. It should also be noted that Local
Authorities in England develop a wide range of resources (increasingly web based) to
support locally agreed syllabuses; a survey of what is an inevitably changing picture at
LA level would demand a project in its own right and was outside the scope of this audit.
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This is in accord with the remit of the project specified in the DCSF tender EOR/SBU/2008/008:
‘…to examine the materials available to schools for teaching about and from world religions (Buddhism,
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism were specified as principal religions in the UK) to
support community cohesion and promote religious understanding among pupils……..’.
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Religious and Moral Education Press, an imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern, Ltd.
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1.1.3 The nature of the audit
Where comments are offered on any resource listed, they are of a descriptive nature
only and based on the publisher’s own account of the resource. This is true also of any
age designation – be it chronological age, reading age or interest age. Inclusion of items
in the audit does not therefore indicate that they are recommended.
1.1.4 The organisation of the audit
The listing of books which follows is presented by Key Stage; this permits material to be
presented for each Key Stage in a manner which best reflects the nature of the
resources for that particular stage. A brief introduction and explanatory note about the
resources is included for each Key Stage.
Wherever possible full bibliographic information is given for each item listed; problems
relating to dating have already been noted above. Details of authors are not always
provided in publishers’ own listings and in some cases have been searched for on
appropriate websites. ISBN numbers are provided throughout the listings and are
usually set out in the format adopted by the publisher; note that an ISBN will change in
relation to the particular edition of a book, and that 13 figure ISBNs are currently being
introduced. Where the edition of a book was given by a publisher or could be
ascertained from websites, this has been noted.
To summarise, care has been taken to be accurate in all the above matters, but a
necessary dependence on secondary sources to secure full bibliographical information
may result in some errors; the information provided should however make it possible to
trace all the items listed.
1.1.5 Emergent trends
Organisation by Key Stage also demonstrates the balance and availability of books
across the Key Stages. Certain trends immediately become apparent. A wide range of
information books dealing directly with religions or aspects of religion are available for
the primary years; at KS3 books are more likely to be shaped by developments in the RE
curriculum, and few now take a religion by religion approach. Resources at KS4 largely
reflect specific examination options, and this is increasingly the case post 16. Moreover
whilst opportunities to study the principal religions are still offered at exam level, most
publications relate to popular options in the areas of philosophy of religion and ethics,
and social issues.
1.2 Key Stages 1 and 2
Each of the six ‘principal’ religions is well provided for by the key publishers for primary
schools; information books suitable for individual reading or browsing, project work and
classroom research and for the school library are plentiful. Publishers approach religions
in a variety of ways: offer an introduction or overview of a religion – sometimes through
the eyes of a child; bring each religion’s perspective to a common theme or topic - for
example a series on Sacred Texts brings together six books each covering one of the
religions; or one book on a particular topic e.g. Birth, Weddings may draw on information
about several religions in exploring its theme. Some recent series which set out to relate
to specific curriculum guidance (see the Start- up Religion series and Step - up Religion
series published by Evans) cut across this division – but they tend at present to be the
exception.
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From the Case Study schools it was clear that a popular area with children and schools
is that of story, an area which publishers may systematically address in RE lists through
series which offer books of stories from the perspective of each religion. Myths and
legends from various cultural traditions and religions and stories relating to aspects of
lived faiths today also appear in other collections of reading books and general story
collections; collections and retellings of individual bible stories are numerous, as are
stories which take the celebration of Christmas or its biblical narratives as their starting
point. In the main it is story collections from the perspectives of the different faiths which
are exemplified in the audit.
In addition to the kinds of book described above are those series which provide a
complete package for RE across the primary years; these may offer both teacher and
pupil resources and include printed pictures and other media.
We recognise that teachers may look for resources by topic, religion(s) or a combination
of both; publishers’ listings of books by series rather than religion probably attempts to
meet teachers’ needs in this respect. In listing resources for primary schools for this
audit, primacy is given in the main to the religions, reflecting the focus of the present
project. So that we do not lose the link with particular themes/topics and to provide a
context for each book listed, where a book belongs to a series the audit always indicates
this. Additionally, section 1.2.5 lists every series by publisher, offers a brief description
and (where available) gives the intended chronological age, reading age or interest age
as suggested by the publisher. Note that in some cases publishers see the series listed
here as appropriate also for KS3; this is also indicated.
This section sets out the books under the following divisions:
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Information books about religion(s)
o Books on individual religions
o Individual books each presenting a number of religions
Series which draw on a number of religions e.g. books on themes
Stories/story collections
Resources for teachers/schemes of work
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1.2.1 Information books about religion(s)
(a) Buddhism
Addiccabandhu (2006pbk/2007hbk) My Faiths series: My Buddhist Faith, Evans, new
edn. 978 02375 3178 pbk.
Bingham, J. (2007) Atlas of World Faiths series: Buddhism Around the World, Franklin
Watts 978 0 7496 6979 9 hbk.
Blake, P. (2009) My Religion And Me series: We are Buddhists, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8012 1 hbk.
Campbell, B. & Hawker, F (2008) Families and their Faiths series: Buddhism in
Thailand, Evans, 978 18423 45047 hbk.
Cooper, A. (2004hbk/2006-7pbk) The Facts About series: Buddhism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5108 2 pbk.
Dicker, K. (2008) I Belong series: I Belong to the Buddhist Faith, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5349 9 hbk.
Fossey, K. & D. (20006hbk/2007pbk) QED World of Faiths series: Buddhism, QED,
978 1 84538 711 2 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2005hbk/2009 pbk.) 21st Century Religions series: Buddhism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5631 5 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series, Buddhism, Ticktock Media Ltd.
9781 846960 260 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003/2007) A Year of Festivals series: Buddhist Festivals Through the
Year, Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 7367 3 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2006) Prayer and Worship series: Buddhist, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5935 6 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003) Sacred Texts series The Tipitaka and Buddhism, Evans,
978 02375 23510 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2002) Celebrations! Wesak Heinemann Education, 9780431138008 pbk.
Geldart, A. (2005hbk/ 2006pbk) Let’s Find out About: Buddhist Temples, Heinemann
Education, 9781844211760 pbk.
Head, H. (forthcoming 2009) Places of Worship series: Buddhist, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4930 0 hbk.
Knapp, B. (2007) Curriculum visions: Holy Days series: Buddhist holy days, Atlantic
Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-498-9 pbk.
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Logan, J. & Broadbent, L (2009) Places for Worship series: At Home and the Vihara,
RMEP, 9781851754182 (Big Book), 9781851754229 pbk. (Pupil’s book)
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Religious Buildings series: Buddhist temple,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd., 1-86214-420-6 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Faith and Practice series: Buddhist faith and
practice, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-460-5 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2008) Curriculum visions: Art and Writing series: Buddhist art and writing,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 978 1 86214 246 6 pbk.
Nason, Ruth (c.2006hbk/2008pbk) Religious Lives series: Buddha and Buddhism,
Wayland, 978 0 7502 4790 0 pbk.
Penney, S. (2006hbk/2007pbk) Introducing Religions series: Buddhism, Heinemann, 2nd
rvsd. edn., 978 0 431 06659 2 pbk.
Penney, S. (2003) Religions of the World series: Buddhism, Heinemann,
978 0 431 14960 8 pbk.
Ross, M. (2003) Holy Places: Bodh Gaya, Heinemann Education, 9780431155173 pbk.
Senker, C. (2005) Talking About My Faith series: I am Buddhist, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5928 8 hbk.
ap Sion, T. and Vernon, P. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring Buddhism,
Welsh National Centre for Religious Education, 978-1853571886 pbk.
Teece, G. (2003/2008) Religion in Focus series: Buddhism, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8328 3 pbk.
Walker, K. (2007) World Religions Today series: Buddhism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5267 6 hbk.
York, F. (2009) Festival Time series: A Year of Buddhist Festivals, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8347 4 hbk.
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(b) Christianity
Barnes, T. (2005) World Faiths series: Christianity, Kingfisher, 978 07534 1104 9 pbk.
Blake, P. (2009) My Religion And Me series: We are Christians, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8013 8 hbk.
Brown, A. (20006hbk/2007pbk) QED World of Faiths series: Christianity, QED,
978 1 84538 706 8 pbk.
Brown, A. (2003hbk/2008pbk) Sacred Texts series: The Bible and Christianity, Evans,
978 02375 36374 pbk.
Campbell, B. & Hawker, F (2008) Families and their Faiths series: Christianity in
Mexico, Evans, 978 18423 45061 hbk.
Chambers, C. (2004) World of Festivals series: Christmas, Evans, 978 02375 28645
pbk.
Chambers, C. (2004) World of Festivals series: Easter, Evans, 978 02375 28607 pbk.
Cooper, A. (2004hbk/2006-7pbk) The Facts About series: Christianity, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4831 0 pbk.
Dicker, K. (2008) I Belong series: I Belong to the Christian Faith, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5344 4 hbk.
Dicker, K. (2007/2008) Special Days of the Year series: Easter, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5234 8 hbk.
Dicker, K. (2007/2008) Special Days of the Year series: Christmas, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5233 1 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) Atlas of World Faiths series: Christianity Around the World, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 6975 1 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series: Christianity, Ticktock Media Ltd.
9781 846960 277 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003hbk/2007pbk) A Year of Festivals series: Christian Festivals Through
the Year, Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 7361 1 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2006) Prayer and Worship series: Christian, Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496
5934 9 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2002) Celebrations! Christmas Heinemann Education, 9780431137988 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2002) Celebrations! Easter Heinemann Education, 9780431137995 pbk.
Gillis, J. (2004) Celebrations series: Christmas, Heinemann, 978 1 844 21525 6 pbk.
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Goodings, C. (2006) Tell me about Jesus, Lion Hudson, 978 0 7459 4931 4 hbk.
Graves, S. (2003) What is the Bible? Lion Hudson, 978 0 74594742 6 hbk.
Head, H. (forthcoming 2009) Places of Worship series: Christian, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4926 3 hbk.
Knapp, B. (2007) Curriculum visions: Holy Days series: Christian holy days, Atlantic
Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-500-9 pbk.
Knapp, B. & Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: The Story of the Bible, Atlantic
Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-483-4 pbk.
Knapp, B. & Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: What’s in the Old Testament?
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-485-0 pbk.
Knapp, B. & Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: What’s in the New Testament,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-487-7
Logan, J. & Broadbent, L (2009) Places for Worship series: At Home and the Church,
RMEP, 9781851753741 (Big Book), 9781851753758 pbk. (Pupil’s book)
Magloff, L. (2003) Curriculum visions: Religious Buildings series: Christian church,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-306-4 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Faith and Practice series: Christian faith and
practice, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-462-1 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2008) Curriculum visions: Art and Writing series: Christian art and writing,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 978 1 86214 247 3 pbk.
Medina, S. (2005hbk/2006pbk) Let’s Find out About Christian Churches Heinemann
Education 9781844211456 pbk.
Nason, R. (2001hbk/2009pbk) My Life, My Religion series: Anglican Curate, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 8877 6 pbk.
Nason, Ruth (c.2006hbk/2008pbk) Religious Lives series: Jesus and Christianity,
Wayland, 978 0 7502 4788 7 pbk.
Nason, R. (2004/2006) Start-up Religion series: Visiting a Church, Evans,
978 02375 27679 hbk., 978 02375 325974Big Book/pbk.
Parker, V. (2003) Holy Places: The Vatican, Heinemann Education, 9780431155203
pbk.
Penney, Sue (2006hbk2007pbk) Introducing religions series: Christianity, Heinemann,
2nd rvsd. edn., 978 0 431 06660 8 pbk.
Penney, S. (2003) Religions of the World series: Christianity, 978 0 431 14957 8 pbk.
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Pirotta, S. (2006) We Love series: Christmas, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4835 8 hbk.
Pirotta, S. (2006) We Love series: Easter, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4836 5 hbk.
Prior, K. (1999/2005 new edn.) World Religions series: Christianity, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 6419 0 pbk.
Roche, J. (2001hbk/2009pbk) My Life, My Religion series: Catholic Priest, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 8875 2 pbk.
Rock, L. (2005) The Jesus Encyclopedia, Lion Hudson, 978 0 7459 4573 6 hbk. (Pbk.
forthcoming 2009).
Seaman, A. & Brown, A. (2006pbk/2007hbk) My Faith series: My Christian Faith,
Evans, 978 02375 31737 pbk.
Self, D. (2008) Encyclopedia of Christianity, Lion Hudson, 978 0 7459 4949 9 hbk.
Self, D. (2005 hbk/2009pbk) 21st Century Religions series: Christianity, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5629 2 pbk.
Senker, C. (2008) Religious Signs and Symbols series: Christianity, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5332 1 hbk.
Senker, C. (2005) Talking About My Faith series: I am Christian, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5929 5 hbk.
ap Sion, T., Francis, L. J. and Vernon, P. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring
the Parish Church, Welsh National Centre for Religious Education, 978-1853571824
pbk.
ap Sion,T., Francis, L. J. and Vernon, P. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring
the Orthodox Church, Welsh National Centre for Religious Education, 978-1853571848
pbk.
Teece, G. (2003hbk/2008pbk) Religion in Focus series: Christianity, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8323 8 pbk.
Walker, K. (2007) World Religions Today series: Christianity, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5263 8 hbk.
Wood, A. (2005) Where We Worship series: Christian Church, Franklin Watts
978 0 7496 6208 0 pbk.
York, F. (2009) Festival Time series: A Year of Christian Festivals, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8343 6 hbk.
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(c) Hinduism
Barnes, T. (2005) World Faiths series: Hinduism and Other Eastern Religions,
Kingfisher, 98 07534 1107 0 pbk.
Blake, P. (2009) My Religion And Me series: We are Hindus, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8016 9 hbk.
Campbell, B. & Hawker, F (2008) Families and their Faiths series: Hinduism in Bali,
Evans, 978 18423 45054 hbk.
Cooper, A. (2004hbk/2006-7pbk) The Facts About series: Hinduism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5106 8 pbk.
Dicker, K. (2008) I Belong series: I Belong to the Hindu Faith, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5346 8 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003hbk/2008pbk) Sacred Texts series: The Ramayana and Hinduism,
Evans, 978 02375 23505 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series: Hinduism, Ticktock Media Ltd.
9781846960284 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2006pbk/2007hbk) My Faith series: My Hindu Faith, Evans, new edn,
978 02375 31744 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (20006hbk/2007pbk) QED World of Faiths series: Hinduism, QED,
978 1 84538 709 9 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003hbk/2007pbk) A Year of Festivals series: Hindu Festivals Through the
Year, Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 7364 2 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2006) Prayer and Worship series: Hindu, Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 5937 0
hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2005hbk/2006pbk) Let’s Find out About: Hindu Mandirs, Heinemann
Education, 9781844211470 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2002) Celebrations! Divali Heinemann Education 9780431138015pbk
Head, H. (forthcoming 2009) Places of Worship series: Hindu, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4929 4 hbk.
Helligman, D. (2008) Holidays Around the World series: Celebrate Diwali: With
Sweets, Lights and Fireworks, National Geographic Books, 978-1426302916 pbk.
Jordan, D. (2004) Celebrations series: Divali, Heinemann, 978 1 844 21526 3 pbk.
Kadodwala, D. (2004) World of Festivals series: Divali, Evans, 978 02375 28584 pbk.
Kadodwala, D. (2004) World of Festivals series: Holi, Evans, 978 02375 28621 pbk.
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Logan, J. & Broadbent, L (2009) Places for Worship series: At Home and the Mandir,
RMEP, 9781851754137 (Big Book), 9781851754144 pbk. (Pupil’s book).
Knapp, B. (2007) Curriculum visions: Holy Days series: Hindu holy days, Atlantic
Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 978 1 86214 502 3 pbk.
Knapp, B. J. (2004) Curriculum visions: Religious Buildings series: Hindu Mandir,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd., 1-86214-414-1 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Faith and Practice series: Hindu faith and
practice, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-460-5 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2008) Curriculum visions: Art and Writing series: Hindu art and writing,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 978 1 86214 248 0 pbk.
Mead, J. & Nason, R. (2005) Start-up Religion series: Visiting a Mandir, Evans,
978 02375 28133 hbk.
Menon, R. (2007) We Love series: Holi, Wayland, 978 0 7502 5258 4 hbk.
Nason, Ruth (c.2006hbk/2008pbk) Religious Lives series: Krishna and Hinduism,
Wayland, 978 0 7502 4794 8 pbk.
Parker, V. (2003) Holy Places: The Ganges, Heinemann Education, 9780431155180
pbk.
Penney, S. (2006hbk/2007pbk) Introducing Religions series: Hinduism, Heinemann, 2nd
rvsd. edn. 978 0 431 06664 6 pbk.
Penney, S. (2003) Religions of the World series: Hinduism, 978 0 4311496 2 pbk.
Pirotta, S. (2006) We Love series: Divali, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4837 2 hbk.
Prior, K. (1999/2005 new edn.) World Religions series: Hinduism, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 6421 3 pbk.
Quaglia, G. (2007) World Religions Today series: Hinduism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5265 2 hbk.
Rasamandala Das, (2001hbk/2009pbk) My Life, My Religion series: Hindu Priest,
Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 8880 6 pbk.
Rasamandala Das (2007) Atlas of World Faiths series: Hinduism Around the World,
Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 6978 2 hbk.
Rasamandala Das (2005hbk/2009pbk) 21st Century Religions series: Hinduism,
Wayland, 978 0 7502 5632 2 pbk.
Senker, C. (2008) Religious Signs and Symbols series: Hinduism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5334 5 hbk.
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Senker, C. (2005) Talking About My Faith series: I am Hindu, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5930 1 hbk.
Senker, C. with Rasamandala Das (2003hbk/2004pbk) A Year of Religious Festivals
series: My Hindu Year, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4057 4 pbk.
ap Sion, T. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring Hinduism, Welsh National
Centre for Religious Education, 978-1853571909 pbk.
Teece, G. (2003/2008) Religion in Focus series: Hinduism, Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496
8325 2 pbk.
Wood, A. (2005) Where We Worship series: Hindu Mandir, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 6209 7 pbk.
York, F. (2009) Festival Time series: A Year of Hindu Festivals, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8346 7 hbk.
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(d) Islam
Amer, F. (20006hbk/2007pbk) QED World of Faiths series: Islam, QED,
978 1 84538 707 5 pbk.
Barnes, T. (2005) World Faiths series: Islam, kingfisher, 978 07534 1105 6 pbk.
Blake, P. (2009) My Religion And Me series: We are Muslims, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8014 5 hbk.
Campbell, B. & Hawker, F (2008) Families and their Faiths series: Islam in Turkey,
Evans, 978 18423 45030 hbk.
Cooper, A. (2004hbk/2006-7pbk) The Facts About series: Islam, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4830 3 pbk.
Dicker, K. (2008) I Belong series: I Belong to the Muslim Faith, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5347 5 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003hbk/2008pbk) Sacred Texts series: The Qur’an and Islam, Evans,
978 02375 36 367 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series: Islam, Ticktock Media Ltd. 9781 846960291
pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003/2007) A Year of Festivals series: Muslim Festivals Through the Year,
Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 7362 8 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2006) Prayer and Worship series: Muslim, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5938 7 hbk.
Green, A. (2007) We Love series: Id-ul-Adha, Wayland, 978 0 7502 5259 1 hbk.
Head, H. (forthcoming 2009) Places of Worship series: Muslim, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4925 6 hbk.
Helligman, D. (2006) Holidays Around the World series: Celebrate Ramadan and Eid
Al-Fitr: With Praying, Fasting and Charity, National Geographic Books,
978-0792259275 hbk. (Pbk. edition forthcomiing 2009)
Kerven, R. (2004) World of Festivals series: Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr, Evans,
978 02375 28652 pbk.
Khan, A.D. (2001hbk/2009pbk) My Life, My Religion series: Muslim Imam, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 8876 9 pbk.
Knapp, B. (2007) Curriculum visions: Holy Days series: Muslim holy days, Atlantic
Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-506-1 pbk.
Knight, K. (2006pbk/2007hbk) My Faiths series: My Muslim Faith, Evans, new edn.,
978 02375 31768 pbk.
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Magloff, L. (2003) Curriculum visions: Religious Buildings series: Islamic mosque,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd., 1-86214-306-4 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Faith and Practice series: Muslim faith and
practice, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-468-0 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2008) Curriculum visions: Art and Writing series: Muslim art and writing,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 978 1 86214 250 3 pbk.
Maqsood, R.W. (2005hbk/2006pbk) Let’s Find out About: Islamic Mosques, Heinemann
Education, 9781844211777 pbk.
Nason, R. (c.2006hbk/2008pbk) Religious Lives series: Muhammad and Islam,
Wayland, 978 0 7502 4798 6 pbk.
Nason, R. (2005/2006) Start-up Religion series: Visiting a Mosque, 978 02375 28119;
978 02375 32581 Big Book/pbk.
Penney, S. (2006hbk/2007pbk) Introducing Religions series: Islam, Heinemann, 2nd rvsd.
edn., 938 0 431 06662 2 pbk.
Penney, S. (2003) Religions of the World series: Islam, Heinemann, 978 0 431 14959 2
pbk.
Pirotta, S. (2006) We Love series: Id-ul-Fitr, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4845 7 hbk.
Prior, K. (1999/2005 new edn.) World Religions series: Islam, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 6420 6 pbk.
Quaglia, G. (2007) World Religions Today series: Islam, Wayland, 978 0 7502 5266 9
hbk.
Ross, M. 2003 Holy Places: Makkah, Heinemann Education, 978043155227 pbk.
Self, D. (2005hbk/2009pbk) 21st Century Religions series: Islam, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5630 8 pbk.
Senker, C. (2008) Religious Signs and Symbols series: Islam, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5335 2 hbk.
Senker, C. (2007) Atlas of World Faiths series: Islam Around the World, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 6976 8 hbk.
Senker, C. (2005) Talking About My Faith series: I am Muslim, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5931 8 hbk.
Senker, C. (2003hbk/2004pbk) A Year of Religious Festivals: My Muslim Year, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4053 6 pbk.
ap Sion, T. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring Islam, Welsh National Centre
for Religious Education, 978-1853571787 pbk.
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Teece, G. (2003/2008) Religion in Focus series: Islam, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8324 5 pbk.
York, F. (2009) Festival Time series: A Year of Muslim Festivals, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8344 3 hbk.
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(e) Judaism
Barnes, T. (2005) World Faiths series: Judaism, Kingfisher, 978 07534 1106 3 pbk.
Blake, P. (2009) My Religion And Me series: We are Jews, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8017 6 hbk.
Campbell, B & Hawker, F. (2009) Families and their Faiths series: Judaism in Israel,
Evans, 978 18423 45443 hbk.
Cato, V. (2003hbk/2008pbk) Sacred Texts series: The Torah and Judaism, Evans,
978 02375 36381 pbk.
Clark, A. (2006pbk/2007hbk) My Faiths series: My Jewish Faith, Evans, new edn.,
978 02375 31751 pbk.
Cooper, A. (2004hbk/2006-7pbk) The Facts About series: Judaism, Wayland, 978 0
7502 48327 pbk.
Dicker, K. (2008) I Belong series: I Belong to the Jewish Faith, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5345 1 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series: Judaism, Ticktock Media Ltd.
978 846960307 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003/2007) A Year of Festivals series: Jewish Festivals Through the Year,
Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 7365 9 pbk.
Gillis, J. (2004) Celebrations series: Hanukkah, Heinemann, 978 1 844 21527 0 pbk.
Gluck Wood, A. (20006hbk/2007pbk) QED World of Faiths series: Judaism, QED,
978 1 84538 708 2 pbk.
Head, H. (forthcoming 2009) Places of Worship series: Jewish, Wayland,
978 0 75024927 0 hbk.
Head, H. (2007) We Love series: Yom Kippur, Wayland, 978 0 7502 5257 7 hbk.
Helligman, D. (2007) Holidays Around the World series: Celebrate Passover, National
Geographic Books, 978-14263000189 hbk.
Helligman, D. (2007) Holidays Around the World series: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah:
With Honey, Prayers and Shofar, National Geographic Books, 978-1426300769 hbk.
Helligman, D. (2006) Holidays Around the World series: Celebrate Hanukkah: With
Light, Latkes and Dreidels, National Geographic Books, 978-0792259254 hbk.
Keene, M. (2009pbk) 21st Century Religions series: Judaism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5633 9 pbk.
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Knapp, B. (2007) Curriculum visions: Holy Days series: Jewish holy days, Atlantic
Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-504-7 pbk.
Logan, J. & Broadbent, L (2009) Places for Worship series: At Home and the
Synagogue, RMEP, 9781851753789 (Big Book), 9781851753796 pbk. (Pupil’s book)
Magloff, L. (n/a) Curriculum visions: Religious Buildings series: Jewish synagogue,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd., 1-86214-417-6 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Faith and Practice series: Jewish faith and
practice, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-466-4 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2008) Curriculum visions: Art and Writing series: Jewish art and writing,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 978 1 86214 249 7 pbk.
Nason, R. (2004) Start-up Religion series: Visiting a Synagogue, 978 02375 27686;
978 02375 32598 Big Book/pbk.
Penney, S. (2006hbk/2007pbk) Introducing Religions series: Judaism, Heinemann, 2nd
rvsd. edn., 978 0 431 06661 5 pbk.
Penney, S. (2003) Religions of the World series: Judaism, Heinemann,
978 0 431 14961 5 pbk.
Pirotta, S. (2006) We Love series: Passover, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4838 9 hbk.
Prior, K. (1999/2005 new edn.) World Religions series: Judaism, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 7896 8 pbk.
Quaglia, G. (2007) World Religions Today series: Judaism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5264 5 hbk.
Rose, D. & Rose, G. (2004) World of Festivals series: Passover, 978 02375 28614 pbk.
Ross, M. (2001hbk/2009pbk) My Life, My Religion series: Jewish Rabbi, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8878 3 pbk.
Ross, M. (2005/hbk2006pbk) Let’s Find out About Jewish Synagogues. Heinemann
Education, 9781844211463 pbk.
Ross, M. (2003) Holy Places: The Western Wall, Heinemann Education,
9780431155210 pbk.
Senker, C. (2008) Religious Signs and Symbols series: Judaism, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5333 8 hbk.
Senker, C. (2007) Atlas of World Faiths series: Judaism Around the World, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 6977 5 hbk.
Senker, C. (2005) Talking About My Faith series: I am Jewish, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5932 5 hbk.
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Senker, C. (2003hbk/2004pbk) A Year of Religious Festivals; My Jewish Year, Wayland,
978 0 7502 40611 pbk.
ap Sion, T. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring Judaism, Welsh National
Centre for Religious Education, 978-1853571800 pbk.
Teece, G. (2003/2008) Religion in Focus series: Judaism, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8326 9 pbk.
Wood, A. (2005) Where We Worship series: Jewish Synagogue, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 6206 6 pbk.
York, F. (2009) Festival Time series: A Year of Jewish Festivals, Franklin Watts,
9 78 0 7496 8342 9 hbk.
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(f) Sikhism
Bingham, J. (2005hbk/2006pbk) Let’s Find out About: Sikh Gurdwaras, Heinemann
Education, 9781844211784 pbk.
Blake, P. (2009) My Religion And Me series: We are Sikhs, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8015 2 hbk.
Campbell, B & Hawker, F. (2009) Families and their Faiths series: Sikhism in India,
Evans, 978 18423 45450 hbk.
Cooper, A. (2004hbk/2006-7pbk) Sikhism, Wayland, 978 0 7502 5107 5 pbk.
Dicker, K. (2008) I Belong series: I Belong to the Sikh Faith, Wayland,
978 0 7502 5348 2 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series: Sikhism, Ticktock Media Ltd.,
9781 846960 314 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003/2007) A Year of Festivals series: Sikh Festivals Through the Year,
Franklin Watts, 978 0 7496 7366 6 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (2003) Sacred Texts series: The Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhism, Evans,
978 02375 23510 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2007) This is My Faith series: Sikhism, Ticktock Media Ltd.,
9781 846960 314 pbk.
Head, H. (forthcoming 2009) Places of Worship series: Sikh, Wayland,
978 0 7502 4928 7 hbk.
Kaur-Singh, (2001hbk/2009pbk) My Life, My Religion series: Sikh Granthi, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 8879 0 pbk.
Kaur-Singh, K. & Nason, R. (2005) Start-up Religion series: Visiting a Gurdwara,
Evans, 978 02375 28126 hbk.
Knapp, B. (2007) Curriculum visions: Holy Days series: Sikh holy days, Atlantic Europe
Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-508-5 pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Religious Buildings series: Sikh gurdwara,
Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-46-X pbk.
Magloff, L. (2005) Curriculum visions: Faith and Practice series: Sikh faith and
practice, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd. 1-86214-470-2 pbk.
Nason, Ruth (c.2006hbk/2008pbk) Religious Lives series: Guru Nanak and Sikhism,
Wayland, 978 0 7502 4792 4 pbk.
Parker, V. (2003) Holy Places: The Golden Temple, Heinemann Education,
804311555197 pbk.
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Penney, S. (2006hbk/2007pbk) Introducing Religions series: Sikhism, Heinemann,
2nd rvsd. edn., 978 0 431 06663 9 pbk.
Penney, S. (2003) Religions of the World series: Sikhism, Heinemann,
978 0 43114958 5 pbk.
Ross, M. (2002) Celebrations! Baisakhi, Heinemann Education, 9780431138046 pbk.
Senker, C. (2007) Atlas of World Faiths series: Sikhism Around the World, Franklin
Watts, 978 0 7496 6980 5 hbk.
Senker, C. (2005) Talking About My Faith series: I am Sikh, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5932 5 hbk.
Singh, K. (2006pbk/2007hbk) My Faiths series: My Sikh Faith, Evans, new edn.,
978 02375 31775 pbk.
Singh, K. (20006hbk/2007pbk) QED World of Faiths series: Sikhism, QED,
978 1 84538 710 5 pbk.
ap Sion, T. (2008) World Faiths Today series: Exploring Sikhism, Welsh National
Centre for Religious Education, 978-1853571862 pbk.
Teece, G. (2003/2008) Religion in Focus series: Sikhism, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8327 6 pbk.
York, F. (2009) Festival Time series: A Year of Sikh Festivals, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 8345 0 hbk.
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(g) Individual Books Presenting a Number of Religions
Buller, L. (2005) A Faith Like Mine: A Celebration of the World’s Religions, Seen
Through the Eyes of Children, Dorling Kindersley, 9781405310185 hbk.
Age 8-12 years. Goes beyond the six ‘principal’ religions.
Damon, E. (nd) All Kinds of Beliefs, Tango Books, 9781 85707 505 2.
Intended for age group 3-8; covers 6 religions.
Ganeri, A. (2005) The First Book of Festivals, Evans, 978 02375 31041 hbk;
978 02375 27846 pbk. Key Stage 1.
Ganeri, A. (2002hbk/2005pbk) The Atlas of World Religions, Franklin Watts,
978 0 7496 5920 2 pbk. Reading age 9-11 years.
Meredith, S. (nd) The Usborne Book of World Religions Usborne (06713 Product
Code). Age 10, Key Stage 2/3
Meredith, S. (nd) The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions Usborne (06709
Product Code) Age 8+, Key Stage 2/3; internet linked.
Rock, L. (2004) Tell me about the World’s Religions, Lion Hudson,
978 0 7459 4628 3 hbk.
Book recommended by publishers for ages 7-9. Looks at the origins of the 6 world
religions and at principal beliefs, special books, leaders, buildings, and festivals and how
people worship today.
Self, D. (2008) The Lion Encyclopedia of World Religions, Lion Hudson,
978 0 7459 4983 3 hbk.
This book goes beyond six religions and also has sections on ‘Conflict’ and ‘Living
Together’. Publisher recommends book for ages 9-12.
Thorley, S. (2008) Talking Together- Conversations about Religion, John Hunt
Publishing (via RMEP), 978 1 84298 110 8 pbk.
A series of conversations among young people of different faiths and none. A resource
for pupils of 9+ ‘to encourage social cohesion through interfaith dialogue’.
Wilkinson, P. (2008) Encyclopedia of Religion, Dorling Kindersley, 9781405331272
pbk. Intended for age 8+. Information on 6 ‘principal’ religions and others.
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1.2.2 Series which draw on a number of religions
(Listed alphabetically by publisher then by series title)
(a) Evans:
Celebrations and Rituals series:
Chambers, C. (2006) Marriage Celebrations, 978 18423 44019, pbk.
Chambers, C. (2006) End-of-Life Rituals, 978 18423 43999, pbk.
Matthews, R. (2006) Celebrating Prophets and Gods, 978 18423 44026, pbk.
Matthews, R. (2006) Everyday Celebrations, 978 18423 44002, pbk.
Matthews, R. (2006) Winter Celebrations, 978 18423 44033, pbk.
Life Times series:
Ganeri, A. (1998hbk/2004pbk) New Beginnings, 978 0235 28423 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (1998hbk/2004pbk) Growing Up, 978 02375 28409 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (1998hbk/2004pbk) Wedding Days, 978 02375 28430 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (1998hbk/2004pbk) Journey’s End, 978 0237528416 pbk.
The following two series are shaped by QCA suggestions for work at KS1 and KS2; they
combine books on individual religions with some focusing on themes:
Start - up Religion series:
Series ‘Developed specifically to support units in the QCA Scheme of Work at KS1’.
Other books from this series which focus on visiting religious buildings are listed in
section A above.
Nason, R. (2005) Belonging, 978 02375 27648 hbk.
Nason, R. (2004) Celebrating Harvest, 97802375 27631 hbk.
Nason, R. (2004) Gifts at Christmas, 978 02375 27655 hbk.
Nason, R. (2004) The Jewish faith, 978 02375 27662 hbk.
Step- up Religion series:
Progressing from the ‘Start-up religion’ this series ‘supports the QCA RE Scheme of
Work at KS2’.
Mead, J. (2008) How do the beliefs of Christians influence their actions?
978 0275 34103 hbk.
Mead, J. (2008) How do people express their faith through the arts?
978 02375 34110 hbk.
Mead, J. (2008) What do signs and symbols mean in religion?
978 02375 34080 hbk.
Mead, J. (2008) How and why do Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Divali?
978 02375 34127 hbk.
Mead, J. (2008) What religions are in our neighbourhood?
97802375 34134 hbk.
Mead, J. (2008) Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?
978 02375 34097 hbk.
(b) Heinemann:
Rites of Passage series:
Ross, M. (2004) Naming Ceremonies, 978 0 431 17717 5 pbk.
Ross, M. (2004) Coming of Age, 978 0 431 17718 2 pbk.
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Mason, P. (2004)
Ross, M. (2004)
Mason, P. (2004)
Mason, P. (2004)
Weddings, 978, 0 431 17721 2 pbk.
Funerals, 978, 0 431 17719 9 pbk.
Birthdays, 978 0 431 17722 9 pbk.
Journeys, 978 0 431 17720 5 pbk.
(c) Wayland:
Journey of Life series:
Randall, R. (2008) Birth, 978 0 7502 5454 0 hbk.
Lavette, S. (2008) Coming of Age, 978 0 7502 5455 7 hbk.
Randall, R. (2008) Marriage, 978 0 75025456 4 hbk.
Lavette, S. (2008) Death, 978 0 7502 5457 4 hbk.
Special Ceremonies series:
Goodman, P. (2006) Births, 978 0 5702 4972 0 pbk.
Senker, C. (2006) Feasts and Fasting, 978 0 5702 4976 8 pbk.
Goodman, P. (2006) Growing Up, 978 0 5702 4973 7 pbk.
Senker, C. (2006) Life’s End, 978 0 5702 4977 5 pbk.
Senker, C. (2006) Pilgrimages and Journeys, 978 0 5702 4975 1 pbk.
Senker, C. (2006) Weddings, 978 0 5702 4974 4 pbk.
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1.2.3 Stories/Story collections
Findings from Case Study schools involved in this project point to the popularity and
children’s enjoyment of stories from world faiths(Jackson et al. 2010:154,160f, 202, 211).
There are many collections and compilations. Among those which feature in present
catalogues many are retold by Anita Ganeri, who also features widely as an author of
information books on religion.
Broadbent, L & Logan, J. (c.2000) Times to Remember Series, Religious and Moral
Education Press.
Under the Bodhi Tree: A Story for Wesak
Big book: 978 1 85175 203 4. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 204 1
The Tallest Candle: A Story for Christmas
Big book: 978 1 85175 180 8. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 184 6
A Very Special Sunday: A Story for Easter
Big book: 978 1 85175 212 6. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 213 3
A Row of Lights: The Story of Rama and Sita
Big book: 978 1 85175 179 2. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 183 9
Watching for the Moon: A Story for Id ul Fitr
Big book: 978 1 85175 206 5. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 207 2
A Day to Rest: The Story of Shabbat
Big book: 978 1 85175 178 5. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 182 2
Let My People Go: The Story of Pesach
Big book: 978 1 85175 209 6. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 210 2
A Birthday to Celebrate: A Story of Guru Nanak
Big book: 978 1 85175 181 5. Pupil book: 978 1 85175 185 3
Ganeri, A. (2008) Stories from Faiths series, Heinemann.
Stories from Buddhism, 9780431082202 hbk.
Stories from Christianity, 9780431082219 hbk.
Stories from Hinduism, 9780431082226 hbk.
Stories from Islam, 9780431082233 hbk.
Stories from Judaism, 9780431082240 hbk.
Stories from Sikhism, 9780431082257 hbk.
Ganeri, A. (2005) Stories from World Religions, Wayland, 978 0 7502 4737 5
Single book drawing on different religions; recommended by the publisher for KS1 &
KS2.
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Ganeri, A. (2007hbk/2008pbk) QED Stories from Faiths, QED
The Sound the Hare heard and other stories (Buddhism)
978 1 84835 009 0 pbk.
Noah and the Ark and other stories (Christian)
978 1 84835 001 3 pbk.
Krishna Steals the Butter and Other Stories (Hinduism)
978 1 84835 008 3 pbk.
The Great Night Journey and other stories (Islam)
978 1 84835 006 9 pbk.
The Temple Lamp and other stories (Judaism)
978 1 84835 007 6 pbk.
The Milk and the Jasmine Flower and other stories (Sikhism)
978 1 84835 010 6 pbk.
Ganeri, A (c.2006) Storyteller series, Evans
Buddhist Stories, 978 02375 32345 pbk.
Christian stories, 978 02375 27525 pbk.
Hindu Stories, 978 02375 32321 pbk.
Islamic Stories, 978 02375 27518 pbk.
Jewish Stories, 978 02375 32338 pbk.
Sikh Stories, 978 02375 32352 pbk.
Ganeri, A. (c.2002 to 2004) Festival Stories, Evans
The Christmas Story, 978 02375 24685 pbk.
The Easter Story, 978 02375 24753 pbk.
The Divali Story, 978 02375 24715 pbk.
Hajj Stories, 978 02375 27327pbk.
The Hanukkah Story, 978 02375 26535 pbk.
The Passover Story, 978 02375 26559 pbk.
Logan, J. & Broadbent, L. (2009) Stories to Remember, RMEP
The Amazing Catch of Fish and Other Christian Stories,
Big book: 9781851753703. Pupil book: 9781851753710 pbk.
The Boy with Stars in his Mouth and Other Hindu Stories
Big book: 9781851753666. Pupil book: 9781851753673 pbk.
Father of Many and Other Jewish Stories
Big book: 9781851754076. Pupil Book: 9781851754083 pbk.
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The Potter’s Donkey and Other Sikh Stories
Big book: 9781851754304 .Pupil book: 9781851754311 pbk.
Zucker, J. (2003/04/05) Festival Time! Frances Lincoln
Hope and New Life – An Easter Story
9781845072742 pbk.
Lighting a Lamp – A Divali Story
9781845072933 pbk.
Sweet Dates to Eat – A Ramadan and Eid Story
9781845072940 pbk.
Apples and Honey – A Rosh Hashanah Story
9780711220164 pbk.
Eight Candles to Light – A Chanukah Story
9780711220171 pbk.
Four Special Questions – A Passover Story
9780711220188 pbk.
It’s Party Time! A Purim Story
9780711220195 pbk.
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1.2.4 Resources for teachers/Schemes of work
The various packs noted here are listed by publisher and descriptions derive from
publishers’ listings: the focus of the listed items is on practical approaches in the
classroom.
(a) Badger:
Moorcroft, C. (2002) Badger Religious Education
This collection of materials is intended as a complete programme for primary schools,
offering materials which ‘fit’ agreed syllabuses for RE and match the QCA units of work,
and drawing on the 6 principal religions.
KS 1 Pack*, Badger, 978-1-85880-938-0 (*items are also available separately)
Teacher Book for each year from Reception through to Year 2. This contains Lesson
Plans, Copymaster Activities, Background Information on the religions and a factfile and
resources list. An accompanying set of 12 A2 size posters is integral to the course.
Topics are matched to QCA Units for Reception and KS1 years and provide a 45 minute
lesson per week. Topics covered are: Harvest festivals, The friends of Jesus, Noah
[Reception]; Belonging; Belonging in Christianity; Celebrations; Beliefs and practices;
Jewish beliefs and practices; A church [Year 1]; The Torah; The stories Jesus told;
Celebrations; A place of worship [Year 2].
KS2 materials
At Key Stage 2 the series offers a Pupil Book and Teacher Book with Copymasters for
each year. The programme offered is again closely matched to QCA units of work for
years 3 to 6. Topics covered are: Signs and symbols, Divali, Jesus, The Bible, Faith
[Year 3]; Hindu Worship, Christmas Journeys ,Easter, The religions in your
neighbourhood [Year 4]; Muhammad, Muslim belief and practice, The Christian Bible,
Christian beliefs and actions [Year 5]; Worship and community; The role of the Mosque;
the Qur’an; Christian religious buildings; Faith and the arts [Year 6].
(b) Folens:
Moorcroft, C. (2004) Accessing RE Series
This series comprises the following material by year:
FC5529: R (4-5) Teacher Resource Book, Big Book, Photocard Pack.
FC5537: 1 (5-6) Teacher Resource Book, Big Book, Photocard Pack.
FC5545: 2 (6-7) Teacher Resource Book, Big Book, Pupil Book.
FC5553: 3 (7-8) Teacher Resource Book, Pupil Book.
FC5561: 4 (8-9) Teacher Resource Book, Pupil Book.
FC557X: 5 (9-10) Teacher Resource Book, Pupil Book.
FC5588: 6 (10-11) Teacher Resource Book, Pupil Book.
The publisher’s reference number for an evaluation pack containing ONE of each item
available for the age group is given here.
These materials focus on using images for teaching and keeping text to a minimum; the
series aims to facilitate teaching all abilities together and books for teachers suggest
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differentiated tasks; it claims to ‘provide full coverage of the QCA Scheme of Work for
the year.’
Smart, S. (2005) RE in Action series, Folens
FC 904 Book 1 (5-6)
FC 912 Book 2 (6-7)
FC 920 Book 3 (7-8)
FC 939 Book 4 (8-9)
FC 947 Book 5 (9-10)
FC 955 Book 6 (10-11)
This series consists of 6 books, one for each year group in the primary school and is
related to the QCA schemes of work. Each book provides material for the whole year
and includes e.g. activities, photocopiable sheets, lesson plans and background notes
for the teacher.
(c) RMEP:
Lowndes, J. (2009 forthcoming) RE through Concepts, Book 1 for Infants aged 4-7,
9781851753857 pbk. + CD- Rom.
A multi-faith teacher’s book which demonstrates a method for exploring concepts and
offers a programme of learning. Features 6 concepts appropriate to the intended age
range: Belonging; celebration; Remembering; Special (books); Authority; Storytelling.
Howard, C. (2009) Investigating Artefacts in Religious Education (New Edition),
9781851754007.
Guide for primary school teachers on using artefacts in the classroom.
(d) Scholastic:
Broadbent, L. (n/a) Ready Resources RE Book 1 + CD-Rom, 9780439965378,
ST5625, PT 3462.
Broadbent, L. (n/a) Ready Resources RE Book 2 + CD-ROM, 9780439965385,
PA3509, ST 5412.
These packs are described as offering’ All the resources you need to teach the new nonstatutory national framework and agreed local syllabuses for RE’. They provide
resources to create multimedia lessons, offer a gallery of images, sound, video and text;
printable worksheets and the publisher indicates ‘no preparation required’.
Whilst not designed specifically for RE, the following pack which is concerned with living
together and global harmony may also be of interest to RE teachers:
Smith, D.J., & Armstrong, S. If the World were a Village, Scholastic, 9780713668803.
In addition to the publications above regular practical series for teachers which provide
information and ideas for teaching are published by RE Today and Stapleford House
(Association of Christian Teachers). Some recent examples of these are given below:
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(e) RE Today:
Mackley, J. ed. Exploring a Theme series, REToday, ISSN 1751-326X
The current series, drawing on the key religions, explores the following themes:
Leaders and Followers, 978-1-904024-91-0.
Puzzling Questions, 978-1-904024-61-3.
The Journey of Life and Death, 978-1-904024-93-4.
Beliefs in Action in the World, 978-1-904024-98-9.
Religion Around Me, 978-1-904024-96-5.
Codes for Living, 978-1-905893-07-2.
Celebrations, 978-1-905893-09-6.
Sacred Stories, 978-1-905893-11-9.
Exploring Worship, 978-1-905893-13-3.
(f) Stapleford House:
Rethinking
This is a practical resource for teachers in primary and secondary schools, which
addresses key issues for RE usually drawing on Christian perspectives. The following
are some examples of recent titles:
Woodward, R. Bk13. Adding a global dimension to the teaching of RE
Hookway, S. Bk14.Teaching worldviews in RE
Hudson, C. Bk19. We and They – using RE to support community cohesion
Hudson, C. Bk20. Stardust and stones – RE and learning outside the classroom
1.2.5 Key Stages 1 & 2 Resources: Series Information
1) Atlantic Europe Publishing Company Ltd: Curriculum Visions
‘Curriculum Visions’ is the Primary Publishing division of Atlantic Europe Publishing.
Curriculum Visions has recently established an online multimedia resources site known
as the Professional Zone to which teachers may subscribe. The company refers to this
combination of books and multimedia resources as ‘surround education’. See
www.curriculumisions.com. Sample pages of the books can be downloaded from the
site.
Art and Writing
Series looking at worship and religious practice through art and writing. Currently covers
5 faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism. Video and picture support
available for subscribers to the ‘Professional Zone’. Publisher indicates suitability for
‘National Curriculum and QCA religion units at KS2 and similar’.
The Bible
An exploration of the Bible, looking at ‘The Story of the Bible’ and two books on the Old
and New Testament respectively. Teacher’s Guides available in pdf format. Publisher
indicates suitability for ‘National Curriculum and QCA religion units at KS2 and similar’.
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Faith and Practice
Series intended to complement ‘Religious Buildings’ series (see below), explaining and
comparing the world’s major faiths. Covers 6 religions. Video and picture support
available for subscribers to the ‘Professional Zone’. Publisher indicates suitability for
‘National Curriculum and QCA religion units at KS2 and similar’ and relevance to Unit
6A.
Holy Days
Six books covering the main religious days and celebrations of each of the religions.
Video and picture support available for subscribers to the ‘Professional Zone’. Teacher’s
Guides available in PDF format. Publisher indicates suitability for ‘National Curriculum
and QCA religion units at KS2 and similar’.
Religious Buildings
A book for each of the ‘principal’ religions. This series is supported by a Teacher’s
Resources activities, worksheets for visits and suggestions for virtual visits online, a
PosterCard Portfolio with 20 laminated pictures on 4 poster faces and a CD of 120
pictures for cut and paste and also for whiteboard use. Additional support available from
the ‘Professional Zone’; also, CD available: Where we pray [1- 86214-413-3]. Publisher
indicates suitability of books for ‘National Curriculum and QCA religion units at KS1/2
and similar’.
2) Evans
Celebrations and Rituals
An introduction of how people around the world observe different customs and traditions
and mark special times. Explores cultures in the Far East, South and Central Asia, the
Middle East, Europe and the Americas, Africa, Australasia and Oceania. Recommended
for KS2 (and also in publisher’s catalogue for KS3)
Families and their Faiths
A first introduction to cultures and faiths around the world covering 6 religions and
offering a glimpse of real families and the role religion plays in their lives; each book
focuses on a young child and is narrated by a grandparent. Notes for parents and
teachers included; publisher recommends for Foundation – KS1.
Festival Stories
Retellings of the stories associated with important religious festivals. Big book versions
are also available for each festival except Passover. No attention is given to Buddhism
here. Publisher recommends for KS1-2.
Life Times
Illustrated series exploring rites of passage; each book does this through the beliefs and
customs of six major world faiths. Publisher recommends for KS2, also in secondary
catalogue for KS3.
My Faith and My Faith Big Books
Series developed for non-readers and beginning readers, each book follows the life of a
young child and their family from one of the six religions. Publisher recommend for
Foundations stage and KS1.
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Sacred Texts
An introduction to 6 major faiths through the texts that are sacred to them; one book for
each religion; illustrated. Publisher recommends for KS2. Also in secondary catalogue
for KS3.
Start up Religion
Series introducing young children to what it means to belong to a religion, and the part it
plays in people’s lives. Developed specifically to support units of work in the QCA
scheme of work for KS1 and recommended by the publisher for KS1-2.
Step up Religion
Progresses from Start up religion, supports the QCA scheme of work for KS2 and
encourages children to continue to explore different faiths and their place in society.
Recommended by the publisher for KS1-2.
Storyteller Series
A series of illustrated stories from each of the six main faith traditions. Recommended by
the publisher for KS1-2 and also in their secondary catalogue for KS3.
World of Festivals
Eight books examining the historical, cultural and religious importance of different
festivals; no coverage of Buddhism, but Chinese New Year is included in the series.
Recommended by the publisher for KS2; the series is also included in their secondary
catalogue for KS3.
3) Francis Lincoln
Festival Time!
Introduction to festivals for young children with a focus on the stories which festivals
recall and retell. Chinese New Year is also covered alongside festivals listed from
Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. Publisher recommends series for KS1
but indicates suitability for age 1+.
4) Franklin Watts
Atlas of World Faiths
A series which explores the history of each religion and charts its spread and
development through time via maps. Publisher recommends for reading age of 10+ and
interest range 10-16 years. This is also an accelerated reader quiz title.
Festival Time
A new series offering ‘easy reading’ based on the older ‘A Year of Festivals’ series (see
below). The books introduce the main religious festivals as they occur throughout the
year, are illustrated and include ‘fun activities’. Publisher recommends for reading age of
7-9 and interest range 6-11 years and for reluctant readers.
My Life, My Religion
Introduction to religious belief and practice using a first –person approach. Pictures
illustrate the life of the person in each case. Series covers Christianity (2 books),
Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.. Publisher recommends for reading age of 6-8
and interest range 5-10 years and for special needs.
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My Religion And Me
Four children living in different parts of the world explain their religious beliefs and
practices; written in first person style. Covers places of worship, beliefs, special days and
sacred texts. Publisher recommends for reading age of 8-10 and interest range 7-12
years.
Prayer and Worship
Religions explored through their prayers and the part they play in worship. First
published in hardback 2006, paperback summer 2009. Publisher recommends for
reading age of 9-11 and interest range 8-14 years.
Religion in Focus
Information about each religion presented in a variety of ways: text, tables, maps and
photographs; focuses especially on beliefs, principles, personalities and festivals. First
published in hardback 2003, paperback 2008.
Talking About My Faith
Series looking at how individual children practise their faith. Buddhism is not included.
Publisher recommends for reading age of 5-7 and interest range 5-9 years.
Where We Worship (in 2008 catalogue, not in 2009)
A first look at different religions and their places of worship. Series covers only
Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. Publisher recommends for reading age of 5-7 and
interest range 5-9 years and for special needs.
World Religions
A series examining the beliefs and teachings of the main religions (in this case
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism). First published 1999, new edition 2005.
Publisher recommends for reading age of 9-11 and interest range 9-14 years. This is
also an accelerated reader quiz title.
A Year of Festivals
An introduction to the main religious festivals and the stories behind them; include
prayers, songs, quotations from religious writings and activities and a festival calendar.
Publisher recommends for reading age of 8-10 and interest range 8-12 years and for
special needs. First published in hardback 2003, paperback in 2007.
5) Heinemann
Celebrations
Series focusing on the features and rituals that characterise important celebrations:
Christmas, Hanukkah and Divali; Birthdays (not listed above) completes the series.
Designed by the publisher for Foundation – KS1 and in their ‘Read and Learn’ collection.
Celebrations!
This series explores a key festival in each of the six religions (2 in the case of
Christianity). Focus is on the ‘story’ behind the festivals and traditional and modern ways
of celebrating them. Publisher indicates that the series ‘Aims to help children appreciate
the range of identities in the United Kingdom’. Publisher recommends these books for
KS1/2, 6-8 years.
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Holy Places
A series exploring some of the best known pilgrimage sites in the world. Series original
offered six places (four now listed on the publisher’s website: The Vatican, The Western
Wall, Makkah and The Golden Temple). The significance of the place is explored and the
culture, festivals and history associated with the site. Recommended for 7-11 age group
by the publisher.
Introducing Religions
A series covering the main beliefs, festivals, ways of worshipping, and key figures in the
six ‘principal’ religions. Text and design updated for this 2nd edition of the series as well
as other added features including notes for the teacher. Recommended by the publisher
for KS2, ages 8-11.
Let’s Find Out About…. (Raintree Imprint)
This series introduces places of worship around the world, explaining features of the
buildings and their use by the community; it includes both famous buildings and the
ordinary; quotations are included from people around the world looking at how they
worship in the buildings. Recommended for KS1/2 by the publisher.
Religions of the World
A simpler presentation of the concepts explored in the KS3 World Beliefs and Cultures
series, offering younger and less able readers insight into contemporary issues and
world religions. Uses extracts from sacred texts and quotes from religious figures.
Recommended for KS2, ages 8-11 by the publisher.
Rites of Passage
Explores origins and historical practice and significance in different cultural contexts, and
case studies of a child from a particular religion or culture talking about how they
celebrate, as well as extracts from religious and historical texts. Publisher recommends
series for KS2 and 8-11 years.
Stories from Faiths
A series using story to reveal and explain the beliefs of different world religions; links in
each story to a panel that explains how the story affects the way the faith is practised
today. Publisher recommends for ages 7-11.
6) Kingfisher (Imprint of PanMacmillan)
World Faiths
A series which focuses on the ceremonies and rituals of religions ‘ancient and modern’
around the world. In the publisher’s words, the text ‘encourages cultural awareness,
tolerance and understanding’. Publisher indicates KS2/3, age 9+.
7) National Geographic Books
Holidays Around the World
Exploration of how selected festivals from three faiths (Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam)
are celebrated in different parts of the world. Recommended by publisher for reading
level ages 4-8. (Note this series is available in the UK from Articles of Faith)
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8) QED
QED Stories from Faiths
Each book contains four stories and the series is designed to introduce young readers to
some classics from each of the faiths. Notes for parents and teachers include
commentaries on each story to explain meaning and context. The publisher
recommends the books for age 5+/KS1. Available in hardback and paperback versions.
QED World of Faiths
A series taking a comprehensive look at six world religions. Each book is written by
someone who is both a specialist and a follower of the religion and looks at key beliefs,
practice around the world, religious buildings and places, leaders, and special festivals
and traditions. Each book also has a story and extracts from holy books as well as
suggested activities. Recommended by the publisher for 7+/Lower KS 2.
9) Religious & Moral Education Press [RMEP]
Places for Worship
This new series (some titles ‘forthcoming’) presents children and their families from
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, and explores the key
features of their worship through the eyes of children. It looks at worship at home and in
the faiths’ places of worship. The publisher notes that ‘ Topics on homes, families and
special places are common in early years’ classrooms’ and indicates that the series
‘addresses the themes of the non-statutory framework of RE for Foundation and Key
Stage 1’. Each pupil book is available as a single copy, or can be purchased in packs of
6; a Big Book version is also available. The books are for pupils aged 5-7.
Stories to Remember
Each title in this 2009 series (covering Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism)
contains three stories, which the publisher indicates are ‘chosen to represent different
aspects of/key concepts within a faith tradition as identified by locally agreed syllabuses
for RE’. Each pupil book is available as a single copy, or can be purchased in packs of 6;
a Big Book version is also available. Teacher’s notes are provided in the books, which
are designated for pupils aged 5-7
Times to Remember
Stories from the world’s religions, simply told. Each story is introduced by a child from
the faith concerned who links it to a festival and associated religious artefact. Note that
the stories are all available in Big Book format for shared reading, and Times to
Remember Storybags (in association with Articles of Faith) are also available; these
contain the relevant pupils’ book, an audio cassette of the story, selected artefacts,
notes and a bag to keep them in. Story books are intended for Years1-2, ages 5-7.
10) Ticktock Media Ltd
This is my Faith
Each book features an interview with a real child who talks about his or her faith and
their family; this is supplemented by factual text prepared by expert authors. The
children in the series come from a wide variety of cultures and countries and reflect the
global nature of religion. Each of the titles looks at the beliefs of the religion, places of
worship, festivals and related religious celebrations, and rites of passage. Publisher
recommends for reading age 7-7 and interest age 6-7.
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11) Wayland
21st Century Religions
A series covering the history, beliefs, teachings, modern practices sacred texts and
places of worship of each religion, with a focus on the modern world. There is no
Sikhism book. Publisher recommends for a reading age of 10+ and interest age 11-14.
The Facts About….
Facts about the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions; includes maps, calendars
of festivals, timelines and diagrams. Question and answer format. Publisher
recommends for reading age 9-11, interest age 9-14.
I Belong
Introduction to each of the main religions from the perspective of a child belonging to
that faith. Publisher recommends for reading age 6-8 and interest age 5-8.
Journey of Life
Series exploring the ways in which people of different religions and cultural traditions
celebrate rites of passage; covers secular and local traditions as well as world religions.
Draws on sacred texts. Publisher recommends for reading age 11-14 and interest age
10-14.
Places of Worship
A series which can serve as a companion to Wayland’s interactive whiteboard CD ROM,
‘Our Places of Worship’; the CD is available on licence for individual, site or school
library use at different prices. Publisher recommends for reading age 8-12 and interest
age 7-12.
Religious Lives
An introduction to the major faiths from the perspective of their founding leaders; focus
on teachings and their influence on believers today. Publisher recommends for reading
age 8-10 and interest age 8-12. The titles listed are those in the 2009 catalogue; ‘Moses
and Judaism’ title remains available on www.amazon.co.uk
Religious Signs and Symbols
Religions looked at through their signs and symbols; books include stories, songs,
poems folk tales, recipes and activities. Series covers 4 religions at the time of writing:
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Publisher recommends for reading age 7-8
and interest age 7-9.
Special Ceremonies
Each title in this series explores how a life event is celebrated in each of the six
‘principal’ religions. .Publisher recommends for reading age 7-9 and interest age 7-11.
Special Days of the Year
An introduction to some special days marked in Britain and around the world; as well as
Christmas and Easter (listed above) the series includes Poppy Day and Bonfire Night.
Publisher recommends for reading age 6-8 and interest age 6-9.
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A Year of Religious Festivals
Described as a month-by-month account of the major festivals of each religion; each
spread focuses on one festival describing its features and offering a child’s view of the
festival. Publisher recommends for reading age 8-10 and interest age 8-12. Only 3 titles
are listed in 2009 catalogue, but other religions are still available at www.amazon.co.uk
We Love…
Introductions to selected Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim festivals, explaining the
meanings and rituals of each festival. In addition to the books listed under the religions
above, there is also a book on Harvest and one on Chinese New year in this series.
Publisher recommends the series for reading age 5-7 and interest age 5-8.
World Religions Today
An introduction to religions today; explores beliefs, teachings and practices and includes
perspectives of practising members. Series does not include a book on Sikhism.
Publisher recommends for reading age 8-9 and interest age 7-10.
12) Welsh National RE Centre
World Faiths Today
A series introducing young children to six religions; Christianity is explored in two books
– via a village church, and via a visit to an Orthodox church.
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1.3. Key Stage 3
1.3.1 Series designed for KS3 religious education
The books listed below are designed to cover the three years of KS3; they draw on a
number of religions to explore a variety of themes, and issues. Books for students are
listed by publisher and support materials (for teacher and/or students) are indicated
where they are available. Increasingly such series offer support for the teacher often by
CD-ROM or online resources, accessible on payment of a fee or site licence.
(a) Folens:
Accessing…. series
Osborne, E. & Tuttle, G. (2004) Accessing … Founders and Leaders Book A.
Christianity, Islam, Judaism. Folens, 978-1843036173.
Osborne, E. (2005) Accessing … Founders and Leaders Book B. Buddhism, Hinduism,
Sikhism. Folens, 978-1843036223.
Osborne, E. & Tuttle, G (2006) Accessing … Holy Books Book A. Christianity, Islam,
Judaism. Folens, 978-1843036081.
Osborne, E. (2004) Accessing … Holy Books Book B. Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism.
Folens, 978-184336128.
Osborne, E. (2005) Accessing …Buildings, Places & Artefacts Book A. Christianity,
Islam, Judaism. Folens, 978-1843035954.
Osborne, E. (2005) Accessing …Buildings, Places & Artefacts Book B. Buddhism.
Hinduism, Sikhism, Folens, 978-1843035978.
Osborne, E. (2005) Accessing … Festivals Book A. Christianity, Islam, Judaism.
Folens, 978 -1843036012.
Osborne, E. (2006) Accessing … Festivals Book B. Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism.
978-1843036043.
The publisher indicates that this series draws extensively on visual images, avoiding the
dense text of many textbooks. It aims to develop thinking skills, stimulate discussion and
to encourage participation. Each 48 page student book (listed above) comes with three
teacher books (Mainstream, SEN and G&T.) which offer a range of support e.g. starters,
plenary suggestions, homework ideas.
Taylor, I. (2007) REflections 1 (11-12) Religions, People and Issues (11-12) Folens,
978 1850082125.
Taylor, I. (2007) REflections 2 (12-13) Leaders, Rulers and Equality (12-13), Folens,
978 1850082132.
Taylor, I. (2008) REflections 3 (13-14) Ultimate Questions and Answers (13 -14), _
Folens, 978 1850082149.
Focus on ‘Issues, queries and knowledge to provoke discussion and debate’. Book 1
‘Examines how individuals respond to spiritual matters’; Book 2 ‘Considers how we deal
with the challenges of belonging to a community’ and Book 3 ‘Introduces more
challenging issues and prepares the way for short course GCSE’. Series links to the non
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statutory National framework for RE. The main religion drawn on is Christianity, but
includes many examples from other religions and beliefs.
CD-ROMs are available to support each book, offering worksheets, visuals, animations
films, activity sheets and homework ideas.
(b) Heinemann:
Brewer, M., Green, G., Lush, V. et al. (2005) Think RE! Pupil Book1, Heinemann,
978 0 435307 17 2
Brewer, M., Mantin, R., Smith, P., et al. (2005) Think RE! Pupil Book 2, Heinemann,
978 0 435307 26 4.
Brewer, M., Dyson, J., Green, G., et al. (2005) Think RE! Pupil Book 3, Heinemann,
978 0 435307 35 6.
Course developed to meet the non statutory framework and QCA schemes of work.
Covers themes and issues across six religions and uses a thinking skills approach to
teaching and learning. These books are supported by Teaching and Learning Files, one
for each year, with photocopiable materials. Interactive Presentations – video clips,
pictures, animations, voice-overs - CD-Rom also available for each year.
Arthur, S. & Hewson, G. (2002) Themes in RE: Learning from Religions.Book 1,
Heinemann Education, 978 0 435307 50 9.
Ellis, T. & White, J. (2002) Themes in RE: Learning from Religions.Book 2,
Heinemann Education 978 0 435307 66 0.
Jenkins, J. & Ord, W. (2002) Themes in RE: Learning from Religions Book 3,
Heinemann Education 978 0 435307 86 8
Issues based course which focuses on six themes: Relationships, Right and Wrong,
Power, Space, Time, Communication; covers religions via these themes.
A teacher’s resource pack with customisable CD -ROMs is available for each year.
(c) Hodder:
Large, C. (2002) This is RE 1, Hodder Education, 978 0 7195 7439 9.
Large, C., Ingham, J. & Parker, A. (2003) This is RE 2, Hodder Education,
978 0 7195 7521 1.
Large, C. & Brown, A. (2004) This is RE 3, Hodder Education, 978 0 7195 7523 5.
A 3 year course which adopts an enquiry based approach built around the QCA scheme
of work. Case studies and source materials give a picture of religions in modern-day
Britain and pupils are led through step-by-step investigations. Focus on ‘learning’ about’
and ‘learning from’ religion to encourage pupil engagement.
Teacher’s book available for each year; these offer support material for all the major
tasks in the pupil books and advise on course planning including assessment using the
8-level scale.
Keast, J. & Keast, A. (2005) Framework RE 1, Hodder Murray, 978 0 340 90408 4.
Clarke, S. (2005) Framework RE 2, Hodder Murray, 978 0 340 90409 1.
White, J. (2005) Framework RE 3, Hodder Murray, 978 0 340 90410 7.
This is a 3 year course which seeks to develop ideas and concepts through an activity –
based approach, differentiation through varied learning styles and progression through
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Assessment for learning; activities and assessments are linked to the 8-level scale.
Takes account of ‘world ‘religions and other religions represented in the UK as well as
secular philosophies. In the publisher’s words, the series ‘fully delivers the non-statutory
National Framework for Key Stage 3 RE..’.
Teacher’s resource pack and a purchasable ICT Resource (interactive CD-Rom) are
available for each year.
(d) Nelson Thornes:
Taylor, I. (2002) Directions, Students’ Book 1, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 6387 0
Taylor, I. (2002) Directions, Students’ Book 2, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 6388 7
Taylor, I. (2002) Directions, Students’ Book 3, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 6389 4
A three book series which seeks to offer a balance between learning about and learning
from religion, to set a wide range of tasks and activities and a variety of written and
visual resources.
Online Teacher Support (978 0 7487 6390 0) is purchasable and provides differentiated
worksheets for every activity in the student books.
Thomas, V., Thomas, C. and Davies, M. (2005/2008) Exploring Questions in RE, Pupil
Book 1, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 9362 4.
Thomas, V., Thomas, C. and Davies, M. (2006/2008) Exploring Questions in RE, Pupil
Book 2, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 9363 1.
Thomas, V., Thomas, C. and Davies, M. (2006/2008) Exploring Questions in RE, Pupil
Book 3, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 9364 8.
A series focusing on key questions, examining how believers from different religions
respond to fundamental questions and issues of life; written also to develop pupils’
thinking skills and to integrate these and assessment for learning into KS3 RE. Series
originally commissioned for Welsh schools but covers topics of many locally agreed
syllabuses.
A Teacher Resource Book with CD-ROM (978 0 7487 9364 8) offers support with e.g.
resources, active learning activities, assessment guidance.
(e) Oxford University Press
Wright, C. (2002) Religions for Today Book A: Religions in the World, OUP,
9780199148233.
Wright, C. (2002) Religion for Today Book 1: Some Hard Questions, OUP,
9780199148059.
Wright, C. (2002) Religion for Today Book 2: What Difference Does Religion Make?
OUP, 9780199148240.
Wright, C. (2004) Religion for Today Book 3: What is OUR response? OUP,
9780199148257.
This series is described as ‘written in line with the QCA scheme of work’ and as
responsive to the ‘recommended issues based approach’ and as exploring ‘religious
questions, meanings and interactions in a thematic way, covering the real concerns of
today’s world’.
Teaching File available to support Book A and a Teacher’s Resource File for Book 1.
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1.3.2 Books on individual religions
Books under this heading are listed by religion, although most of them belong to a
named series in which the publisher has provided a book for each of the 6 religions most
commonly appearing in RE syllabuses. Under each religion, student books are listed
alphabetically by author, and the series to which a book belongs is clearly indicated. A
separate grid gives a brief description of each series and indicates where foundation
versions of student books and support materials are available. All comments are
descriptive and based on publishers’ own accounts of their publications.
(a) Buddhism:
Beesley, G. & Taylor, I. (2006) Religions and Beliefs series: Buddhism, Nelson Thornes,
3rd edn., 978 0 7487 9673 1.
Keene, M. (2007) Badger KS3 RE series: Buddhist Beliefs and Issues, Badger,
978-1-84691-086-9.
Penney, S. (2007hbk/2008pbk) World Beliefs & Cultures series: Buddhism, 2nd edn.,
Heinemann, 978043110332 pbk.
Thompson, M. (2000) Seeking Religion series: The Buddhist Experience, Hodder
Education, 2nd edn., 978 0 340 74771 1.
Wood, C. (2002) Modern World Religions series: Buddhism, Core Pupil Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 45336 03 5.
(b) Christianity:
Aylett, J.F. & O’Donnell, K. (2000) Seeking Religion series: The Christian Experience,
Hodder Education, 2nd edn., 978 0 340 74768 1.
Gibson, L. (2002) Modern World Religions series: Christianity, Core Pupil Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 45336 35 6.
Keene, M. (2007) Badger KS3 RE series: Christian Beliefs and Issues, Badger,
978-1-84691-084-5.
Moorcroft, C. (2006) RE Specials! Christianity, Folens, 978- 1843038832.
Penney, S. (2007hbk/2008pbk) World Beliefs & Cultures series: Christianity, 2nd edn.,
Heinemann, 978043110349 pbk.
Taylor, I (2006) Religions and Beliefs series: Christianity, Nelson Thornes, 3rd edn.,
978 0 7487 9670 0.
(c) Hinduism:
Aylett, L. & O’Donnell, K. (update) (2000) Seeking Religion series: The Hindu
Experience, Hodder Education, 2nd edn., 978 0 340 74769 8.
Gibson, L. (2002) Modern World Religions series: Hinduism, Core Pupil Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 45336 19 6.
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Keene, M. (2007) Badger KS3 RE series: Hindu Issues and Beliefs, Badger,
978-1-84691-087-6
Penney, S. (2007hbk/2008pbk) World Beliefs & Cultures series: Hinduism, 2nd edn.,
Heinemann, 978043110370 pbk.
Vyas, N. & Taylor, I. (2006) Religions and Beliefs series: Hinduism, Nelson Thornes, 3rd
edn., 978 0 7487 9673 1.
(d) Islam:
Aylett, J.L. & O’Donnell, K. (2000) Seeking Religion series: Muslim Experience,
Hodder Education, 2nd edn., 978 0 340 74770 4.
Egan, A (2002) Modern World Religions series: Islam, Core Pupil Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 45336 11 0.
Hussain, M., Jordan, A. & Taylor, I. (2006) Religions and Beliefs series: Islam, Nelson
Thornes, 3rd edn., 978 0 7487 9672 4.
Keene, M. (2007) Badger KS3 RE series: Muslim Beliefs and Issues, Badger,
978-1-84691-088-3.
Moorcroft, C. (2006) RE Specials! Islam, Folens, 978- 1843038856.
Penney, S. (2007hbk/2008pbk) World Beliefs & Cultures series: Islam, 2nd edn.,
Heinemann, 978043110356 pbk.
(e) Judaism:
Aylett, J.L., & O’Donnell, K. (2000) Seeking Religion series: The Jewish Experience,
Hodder Education, 2nd edn., 978 0 340 74773 5.
Keene, M. (2007) Badger KS3 RE Series: Jewish Beliefs and Issues, Badger,
978-1-84691-085-2.
Michelson, J. & Taylor, I. (2006) Religions and Beliefs series: Judaism, Nelson Thornes,
3rd edn., 978 0 7487 9671 1.
Moorcroft, C. (2006) RE Specials! Judaism, Folens, 978- 1843038849.
Penney, S. (2007hbk/2008pbk) World Beliefs & Cultures series: Judaism, 2nd edn.,
Heinemann, 978043110363 pbk.
Wood, C. (2002) Modern World Religions series: Judaism, Core Pupil Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 45336 43 1.
(f) Sikhism:
Emmett, P. (2000) Seeking Religion series: The Sikh Experience, Hodder Education,
2nd edn., 978 0 340 74772 8.
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Kaur, M., Hunt, D., & Taylor, I. (2007) Religions and Beliefs series: Sikhism, Nelson
Thornes., 978 0 7487 9675 5.
Keene, M. (2007) Badger KS3 RE Series: Sikh Beliefs and Issues, Badger,
978-1-84691-089-0.
Mayled, J. (2002) Modern World Religions series: Sikhism, Core Pupil Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 45336 27 1.
Penney, S. (2007hbk/2008pbk) World Beliefs & Cultures series: Sikhism, 2nd edn.,
Heinemann, 978043110387 pbk.
(g) A note on some older series:
Three series which are not included above remain in print to the present and have
enjoyed wide circulation in schools; their roots lie in the late 1980s. These are
New Steps in Religious Education (3rd edn.), Nelson Thornes
First published as Steps in Religious Education (Stanley Thornes), this 3 volume
series offering coverage of the six religions is now available in Core and Foundation
editions for students and is supported with Online Worksheets and by Online Teacher
Support.
Skills in Religious Studies, 2nd edn., Heinemann
A three book series approaching religions through specific aspects of religion and
encouraging students to develop skills in approaching and understanding these.
Discovering Religions, Heinemann.
A six book series with a simple text, each book introducing one religion.
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1.3.3 Details of series offering approaches by individual religion
(a) Badger
Badger KS3 Religious Studies
Six student books covering the six major world religions; each double based spread
offers the basis for a lesson. Teacher Books each with Copymasters and a CD-Rom
offer support and additional resources
(b) Folens
RE Specials!
These are not actually student books but photocopiable sets of materials for the age
range indicated and especially intended to meet the needs of less able 11-14s
designed to give them ‘a feeling of success in their work’ whilst ensuring full access to
the curriculum’. Detailed teacher pages included with support materials of various
kinds.
(c) Heinemann
Modern World Religions
Described as ‘Differentiated religion-by religion teaching using the 8-level scale’ and as
having goals, lesson objectives and tasks related to ‘learning about’ and learning from’
religion. The series offers a Core Pupil Book, a Foundation Pupil Book and a Teacher’s
resource Pack for each religion.
World Beliefs and Cultures
Updated guide to the world’s religions; includes history, sacred texts, festivals and
family life, and discussion of contemporary issues. Note that this series appears in the
Heinemann Library catalogue, not the Heinemann secondary catalogue.
(d) Hodder
Seeking Religion Series
A series covering the six religions, exploring objects and practices associated with each
and highlighting the role and contribution of well known believers. Includes questions
and activities. The series offers foundation editions of the student books, Teacher‘s
Resource Books with notes relating to pupil books, photocopiable activities mapped to
attainment targets, and differentiated resources. ICT Resources are available in two
interactive CD – ROMs designed to support the KS3 strategy and complement the
texts; one covers Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, the other Buddhist, Hindu
and Sikh.
The Seeking Religion books are the recommended texts for the World Religion option
of the ISEB’s Common Entrance examination.
(e) Nelson Thornes
Religions and Beliefs
Series described as offering an approach by-religion which is matched to the nonstatutory National framework and compatible with the new KS3 curriculum. ‘The
Christianity Pupil Book acts as a core teaching resource… while the other books follow
the same topics ‘to facilitate study in depth and the drawing out of connections and
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differences between and within religions.’ Each pupil book covers Yr 7-9. Series also
offers support of a Teacher Resource File (978 0 7487 9677 9) covering all the religions
and a Connections CD-Rom providing whiteboard materials, video clips, activities and
differentiated resources (978 0 7487 9676 2).
1.4 Key Stage 4
The majority of books intended for Key Stage 4 are directed towards GCSE
specifications. In the list which follows books dealing with the most popular options and
specifications fall mainly in the areas of Christianity and of philosophical and ethical
issues. At the time of preparing this audit publishers were advertising both revised and
new materials to come on stream during 2009 to support the newly structured GCSE
specifications, to be taught from September 2009. The present listing identifies books
available at the time of writing ( March 2009) and likely therefore to be those in use
during the academic year 2008/09. The audit for KS4 thus comprises mainly books from
the 2008 catalogues, many of which will be very familiar to those teaching GCSE
Religious Studies. Although the cut off date of 2000 has been used, it is clear that many
of the books listed have roots in the 1990s. The number of editions there have been of
some titles is indicative of their popularity with teachers, as well as the capacity of
established examinations to adapt to curriculum changes whilst also ensuring
continuities.
A feature of many of the books listed here is the involvement of examiners in the writing
of GCSE materials; publishers frequently use this as a selling point. The idea of a
‘package’ which provides a complete coverage of a particular syllabus is a further feature
of the newer and of forthcoming materials. Examination syndicates also have close
alliances with publishers; where a publisher indicates that particular items have been
endorsed by a syndicate, this is indicated in the lists. With regard to the new GCSE
specifications this trend continues and syndicates appear also to be forging subject links
with particular publishers.
From the research undertaken for this audit it has become clear that most books at KS4
are written for GCSE and for specific examination specifications, and that among the
specifications certain areas of the Religious Studies field dominate. The classification of
materials which follows takes account of these realities. Consequently the listing of
resources falls into 3 sub-sections focusing on: Christianity (1.4.1); on philosophical,
ethical and social issues (1.4.2); religions other than Christianity (1.4.3).
In 1.4.1 and 1.4.2, resources are listed by publisher and – to ensure clarity – they are
then listed according to the examinations syndicate and specification for which the
resources are designed. Books in 1.4.3 with a specific focus on religions other than
Christianity are listed by religion. It should be noted that whilst the different examining
boards continue to offer options which permit the study of a particular religion in depth
there are few recent resources, to support students and teachers who wish to follow
such options (Christianity excepted).
Since many books simply take the title of the examination specification to which they
relate, a summary chart of options for GCSE current in 2008/09) and of those
applicable from September 2009 is provided in section 1.4.4. The purpose of the
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summary is solely to indicate the broad areas of content, not to indicate any of the
requirements or regulations relating to the examinations.
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1.4.1 Christianity
(a) Folens
For AQA Religious Studies Specification A:
Keene, M. (2006) The Catholic Church Belief, Practice, Life & Behaviour, Folens,
978 1843038221.
For Edexcel Specification A:
Keene, M. (2006) The Catholic Church Belief, Practice, Life & Behaviour, Folens,
978 1843038238.
For OCR Religious Studies Specification A:
Keene, M. (2006) The Catholic Church Belief, Practice, Life & Behaviour, Folens,
978 1843038214.
(b) Heinemann
For GCSE Religious Studies AQA (A):
Griffiths, J. & Geddes, G.D. (2001) Christianity, Heinemann, 978 0 435306 95 3.
Griffiths, J. & Geddes, G.D. (2002) Christian Belief and Practice: The Roman
Catholic Tradition, Heinemann, 978 0 435306 91 5.
Cleave, J. (2001) Christianity: Behaviour, Attitudes and Lifestyles, Heinemann,
978 0 435306 93 9.
Cleave, J., Geddes, G.D., Griffiths, J. (2004) Christianity: Behaviour, Attitudes and
Lifestyles, Foundation Edition, Heinemann, 978 0 435307 14 1.
Cleave, J. (2002) The Roman Catholic Tradition: Christian Lifestyle and Behaviour,
Heinemann, 978 0 435306 90 8.nt Books
- covers all AQA A
Griffiths, J. & Geddes, G.D. (2003) Revise for Religious Studies GCSE for AQA
Specification A, Heinemann, 978 0 435306 98 4
GCSE/General use:
Lovelace, A. & White, J. (2002) Beliefs, Values and Traditions 2nd edition – covers
Christianity, Islam and Judaism, Heinemann, 978 0 435302 61 0.
(c) Hodder Education
For Edexcel:
Catholic Christianity for Edexcel (Second Edn.) EDEXCEL ENDORSED
Watton, V.W. (2007) Student’s Book Second Edition, Hodder Murray,
978 0 340 92933 9.
Watton, V.W. (2007) Teacher’s Resource Pack Second Edition, Hodder Murray,
978 0 340 92932 2.
Watton, V.W. (2007) Revision Guide Second Revised Edition, Hodder Murray,
978 0 340 93977 2.
Teacher’s resource Pack has CD-ROM with editable lesson plans and photocopiable
worksheet; this revised package intended to cover Units C and J.
For OCR Religious Studies GCSE Specification A: OCR APPROVED
Mayled, J. (2003) Christianity, Hodder Education, 978 0 340 78962 9 0,
Ahulwalia, L. (2001) Christian Perspectives Mainstream Edition, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 78965 0
Ahulwalia, L. (2003) Christian Perspectives Foundation Edition, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 87234 5
GCSE/ general use:
O’Donnell, K (2005) A New Approach Christianity, Hodder Education (3rd edition), 978 0
340 81490 1.
Lynch, S., Clinton, C., Orchard, J., et al (2005) Religion in Focus series: Christianity in
Today’s World, Hodder Murray (2nd edition), 978 0 7195 7526 6.
Lynch, S., Clinton, C., Orchard, J., et al (2005) Religion in Focus series: Christianity in
Today’s World Teacher’s Resource Hodder Murray (2nd edition), 978 0 7195 7527 3.
Watton, V. W. & Elson, M. (n/a) Catholic Christianity Today, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 664117.
(d) Philip Allan updates:
AQA (A) GCSE Religious Studies:
Butler, S. (2008) Effects of Christianity on Behaviour, Attitudes and Lifestyles, Philip
Allan, 978 1 84489 751 3
Butler, S. (2008) Effects of the Roman Catholic Tradition upon Aspects of Christian
Lifestyle and Behaviour, Philip Allan, 978 1 84489 750
1.4.2 Philosophical, ethical and social issues
(a) Badger
For Module 1 of AQA’s Specification B:
Keene, M. (2006) Thinking About God and Morality for AQA, Badger,
978-1-84424-651-9
For Module 2 of AQA’s Specification B:
Keene, M. (2006) Key Beliefs, Ultimate Questions, and Life Issues for AQA, Badger,
978-1-844424-652-6
(b) Folens
For AQA Specification B:
Keene, M. (2002 Truth, Spirituality & Contemporary Issues, Folens, 978 843032946.
For Edexcel Specification A:
Keene, M. (2002) Religion in Life & Society, Folens, 978 -1843032953.
For OCR Specification B:
Keene, M. (2005) Philosophy & Ethics, Folens, 1843037798.
(c) Heinemann
AQA Syllabus B: 1: THINKING ABOUT GOD AND
Option 1 Thinking about God and Morality
Fleming, M., Matthews, D. et al. (2004) Student Book, Heinemann, 978 0 435307 13 4
Worden, D. (2003) Revision Guide, Heinemann, 978 0 435307 00 4ate
Option 2 Key Beliefs, Ultimate Questions and Life Issues
Smith, P. & Worden, D. (2003) Student Book, Heinemann, 978 0 435306 99 1.
Worden, D., Smith, P., et al. (2003) Revision Guide, Heinemann, 978 0 435307 02 8.
Option 4 Truth Spirituality and Contemporary Issues
Beck, R. & Worden, D. (2001?)Student Book, Heinemann, 978 0 435306 92 2
Worden, D., Matthews, D., et al. (2003) Revision Guide, Heinemann, 978 0 435307 01
For Edexcel Religion and Life: EDEXCEL ENDORSED
Taylor, I & Reid, G. (2005) Unit A: Religion and Life with Christianity and Islam Student Book, Heinemann, 978 0 435302 29 0.
Tylor, S. K., Reid, G. (2004) Revise for Religious Studies GCSE Edexcel: Religion
and Life, Heinemann, 978 0 435307 10 3.
Taylor, I. Reid, G. (2005) Unit B: Religion and Life with Christianity Student Book,
Heinemann, 978 0 435302 28 3.
Examining Religions series (Not directly linked to any one specification)
Jenkins, J (2002) Contemporary Moral Issues 4th edition, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 09 9
(d) Hodder
For AQA Religious Studies GCSE specification B:
This series covers all the options within specification B and is the only series to cover
Unit 3: Faith Studies and Ethics.
Parry, L. (2002) Thinking About God and Morality: Mainstream Edition, Hodder
Education, 978 0 340 79966 6.
Parry, L. (2005) Thinking About God and Morality: Foundation Edition (new edn.)
Hodder Education, 978 0 340 88677 9.
Parry, L. (2006) Faith Studies and Ethics, Hodder Education, 978 0 340 90656 9. AQA
ENDORSED
Parry, L. (2006) Key Beliefs, Ultimate Questions and Life Issues, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 92540 9.
Parry, L. (2003) Truth, Spirituality and Contemporary Issues, Hodder & Stoughton,
978 0 340 85034 3.
For Edexcel:
Religion and Life Series Fourth Edition EDEXCEL ENDORSED
This is described as a ‘complete course package’ for Unit A and in this edition is
supported by ICT material. The resources listed below cover Christianity, Hinduism,
Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
Watton, V. W. (2005) Student Book Fourth Edition, Hodder Education,
979 0 340 88885 8.
Watton, V. W. (2005) Foundation Edition Fourth Edition, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 88886 5.
Watton, V.W., Stone, B., Paul, C., (n/a) Teacher’s Resource Pack Fourth Edition,
Hodder Education, 978 0 340 88887 2.
Includes lesson plans and worksheets for each topic, editable on the accompanying
CD- ROM.
Watton, V. (2006) Revision Guide (2nd Rvsd. Edn.), Hodder Education, 978 0 340 92684
0.
Watton, V.W. & Watton, R. (2008) Dynamic Learning Network Edition, Hodder
Education, 978 0 340 94767 8.
This new addition to the series may be used as a stand alone resource or with the
student’s book; offers interactive activities, audio and video clips, believers’ views on
ethical and moral issues and teacher’s notes. See www.dynamic-learning.co.uk .
Watton, V. W. & Kolka, M. (2005) Religion and Life: Christianity, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 8889 1 9 EDEXCEL ENDORSED
Described as providing ‘tailor-made coverage of Unit B.’
Religion and Society Series Second Edition EDEXCEL ENDORSED
This series supports Unit H and complements Religion and Life (see above). The
resources listed below cover Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
Stone, B. & Watton, V. (2005) Student’s Book Second Edition, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 68888 9.
Watton, V. (2005) Foundation Edition Second Edition, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 88889 6.
Watton, V.W., Stone, B., Paul, C. (2005) Teacher’s Resource Pack Second Edition,
Hodder Education, 978 0 340 88890 2.
Watton, V. (2007) Revision Guide Second Rvsd. Edition, Hodder Education,
978 0 340 92683 3.
For OCR Religious Studies GCSE Specification B:
Abbott, L. (2007) Ethics through Christianity, Hodder Murray, 978 0 340 91680 3.
Abbott, L. (2007) Philosophy through Christianity, Hodder Murray,
978 0 340 91677 3.
(e) Nelson Thornes
For OCR GCSE Religious Studies Specification B:
Mayled, J. (2007) Discovery: Christianity and Islam Student Book Philosophy &
Ethics for OCR GCSE Religious Studies, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 8132 4
Mayled, J., & Ahluwalia, L, (2002) Discovery: Philosophy and Ethics for OCR – Core
Foundations plus Study Guide OCR ENDORSED
Mayled, J., & Ahluwalia, L. (2002) OCR GCSE Core Edition, 978 0 7487 6223 1
Mayled, J., & Ahluwalia, L. (2003) Foundation Edition, 978 0 7487 7157 8
Anderson, J., Harries, E., & Mayled, L. (ed.) (2007) OCR Teacher Support Book,
978 0 7487 8186 7
(2003) Study Guide 978 0 7487 7341 1
(f) Oxford University Press
Thinking through Religion:
Series described by the publisher as’ ideal for AQA religious Studies Specification B’ and
‘an exact fit‘ to its requirements; the date suggests that this is a reference to an earlier
exam specification, not that for 2009.
Wright, C. (2003) Thinking Through Religion: Module 1: God and Morality, OUP,
9780199148394
Wright, C. (2002?) Thinking Through Religion: Module 2: Beliefs Questions and
Issues, OUP, 9780199148400
Wright, C. (2003) Thinking Through Religion: Module 4: Truth and Spirituality, OUP,
9780199148424
(g) Philip Allan Updates:
New editions of the books below were planned for 2009. Student Workbooks in sets of
10, with free teacher notes are available for each of the titles listed.
AQA Specification (B) GCSE Religious Studies:
Unit 1:
Butler, S. (2007) Thinking About God & Morality, Philip Allan, 978 1 84489 752 0
Unit 4:
Butler, S. (2007) Truth, Spirituality & Contemporary Issues, Philip Allan,
978 1 84489 753 7
Edexcel (A) GCSE Religious Studies:
Tyler, S.K. & Reid, G. (2005) Religion & Life From the perspectives of Christianity
and Islam, Philip Allan, 978 1 84489 224 2
Tyler, S.K. & Reid, G. (2005) Religion & Society From the perspectives of
Christianity and Islam, Philip Allan, 978 1 84489 222 8.
1.4.3 Religions other than Christianity
(a) Buddhism
Thompson, M. & Clarke, S. (2005) A New Approach series: Buddhism, Hodder
Education, 2nd edition, 978 0 340 81505 2.
(b) Hinduism
Lakhani, S. (2005) Hinduism for GCSE/KS4, Vivekananda Trust,
Voiels, V. (2005) A New Approach - Hinduism, Hodder Education (2nd edn.),
978 0 40 81504 5.
(c) Islam
Lynch, S., Clinton, C., Orchard, J., et al (2005) Religion in Focus series, Islam in
Today’s World Student’s Book, Hodder Education (revised edn.), 978 0 7195 7528 0.
Lynch, S., Clinton, C., Orchard, J., et al (2005) Religion in Focus series, Islam in
Today’s World Teacher’s Resource, Hodder Murray (revised edn.), 978 0 7195 7432 0.
Thompson, J. (2005) A New Approach - Islam, Hodder Education (3rd edn.)
978 0 340 81491 8.
Mayled, J., Ahluwalia, L., & Green, J. (2003) Religious Studies for OCR GCSE
Religious Studies Specification A: Islam, Hodder Education, 978 0 340 78963 6.
Lovelace, A. & White, J. (2002) Beliefs, Values and Traditions 2nd edition – covers
Christianity, Islam and Judaism, Heinemann, 978 0 435302 61 0.
(d) Judaism
Lovelace, A. & White, J. (2002) Beliefs, Values and Traditions 2nd edn. covers
Christianity, Islam and Judaism, Heinemann, 978 0 435302 61 0
Mayled, J., Ahluwalia, L., & Green, J. (2004) Religious Studies for OCR GCSE Religious
Studies Specification A Judaism. Hodder Education, 978 0 340 78964 3.
Taylor, I (2001) GCSE for You: Judaism with Jewish Moral Issues, Nelson Thornes
Orchard, J., Cato, V., Clinton, C. (2001) Religion in Focus series, Judaism in Today’s
World Student’s Book, Hodder Murray, 978 0 7195 7197 8.
Orchard, J., Cato, V., Clinton, C. (2001) Religion in Focus series, Judaism in Today’s
World Teacher’s Resource, Hodder Murray, 978 0 7195 7433 7.
1.4.4 Summary of GCSE Specifications for Religious Studies: a context in which to place publications
Board
AQA
OCR
Previous specifications (2008-09)
Specification A: Christianity
Unit 1A: Christianity
Unit 1B: Christian Belief and Practice with reference to he
Roman Catholic Tradition
Unit 1C:The Christian Life and St.Mark’s Gospel
Unit 1D:Christianity and the Synoptic Gospels PLUS
Unit 2A: Effects of Christianity on Behaviour, Attitudes and
Lifestyles OR
Unit 2B: Effects of the Roman Catholic Tradition on Aspects of
Christian Lifestyle and Behaviour
OR
Specification B: World and Philosophical Perspectives on
Religious Issues
Unit 1:Thinking about God and Morality
Unit 2: Key beliefs, Ultimate Questions and Life Issues
Unit 3: Faith Studies and Ethics in Two Religions PLUS
Unit 4: Truth, Spirituality and Contemporary Issues
OR
Specification C. World Religions
6 options: Buddhism OR Christianity OR Hinduism OR Islam
OR Judaism OR Sikhism
PLUS Course work Assignments
Specification A: World Religions The following papers are
available:
1. Christianity through a sturdy of either Luke or Mark
2. Christian Perspectives on Personal, Social, and World Issues
3. Buddhism
4A. Christianity
4B. Christianity (Roman Catholic)
5. Hinduism
6.Islam
Specifications for teaching from September 2009
Specification A: Religious Beliefs and Lifestyles
Unit 1: Christianity
Unit 2: Christian Ethics
Unit 3: Roman Catholicism
Unit 4: Roman Catholic Ethics
Unit 5: St. Mark’s Gospel
Unit 6: St. Luke’s Gospel
Unit 7: Philosophy of Religion
Unit 8: Islam
Unit 9: Islamic Ethics
Unit 10: Judaism
Unit 11: Jewish Ethics
Unit 12: Buddhism
Unit 13. Hinduism
Unit 14. Sikhism
OR
Specification B: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
Unit 1 Religion and Citizenship
Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues
Unit 3 Religion and Morality
Unit 4 Philosophy of Religion in Society
Unit 5 Religious Expression in Society
Unit 6 Worship and Key Beliefs
Specification A: 22 Units
Two units ‘1’ and ‘2’ are offered for each of the following faiths:
Buddhism; Christianity; Christianity (Roman Catholicism); Hinduism;
Islam; Judaism Sikhism
Focus of ‘1’ in each case is : Beliefs, Special Days, Divisions and
Interpretations
Focus of ‘2’ in each case is Worship, Community and Family, Sacred
Writings
Other units of specification A are:
OCR
contd.
7.Judaism
8. Sikhism
9. Religion, the media and Entertainment
Specification B: Philosophy and Ethics: Four units available
Philosophy 1 (Deity, Religious and Spiritual Experience, End of
Life)
Philosophy 2 (Good and Evil, Revelation, Science)
Ethics 1 (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth)
Ethics 2 ( Peace and Justice, Equality, Media)
Specification C: Jewish Studies
EDEXCEL
Religious Studies Specification A: The following units are
available: full GCSE must select from both modules:
Module 1:
Unit A: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Christianity and
at Least One Other Religion
Unit B: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Christianity
Unit C: Religion and Life Based on a Study of RC Christianity
Unit D: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Islam
Unit E: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Judaism
Unit F: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Hinduism
Unit G: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Sikhism
Module 2:
Unit H: Religion and society based on a study of Christianity
and at least one other religion
Unit I: Christianity
Unit J: Catholic Christianity
Unit K: Islam
Unit L: Judaism
Unit M: Hinduism
Unit N: Sikhism
Unit O: Buddhism
Unit P: Mark’s Gospel
Specification B: Full GCSE only with coursework option;
allows students to study Christianity or Christianity and ONE
other religion
Christian Scriptures 1 (Mark); Christian Scriptures 2 (Luke)
Jewish Scriptures 1 (Tenakh); Jewish Scriptures 2 (Talmud)
Muslim Texts 1 (Qur’an) ; Muslim Texts 2 (Sunnah and Hadith)
Perspectives on World Religions (NB. Concerns here are: responsibility
for the Planet; War, Peace and Human Rights; Prejudice and Equality)
Ethics (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth)
Specification B: Philosophy and Applied Ethics 4 units available:
Philosophy 1 (Deity, Religious and Spiritual Experience, End of Life)
Philosophy 2 (Good and Evil, Revelation, Science)
Ethics 1 (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth)
Ethics 2 (Peace, and Justice, Equality, Media)
Religious Studies Specification: 16 units grouped under 4 modules
Module A:
Unit 1: Religion and Life* Based on a Study of Christianity and at Least
One Other Religion
Unit 2: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Christianity
Unit 3: Religion and Life Based on a Study of RC Christianity
Unit 4: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Islam
Unit 5: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Judaism
Unit 6: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Hinduism
Unit 7: Religion and Life Based on a Study of Sikhism
Module B:
Unit 8: Religion and Society**Based on a Study of Christianity and at
Least One Other Religion
Module C:
Unit 9: Christianity; Unit 10: Roman Catholic Christianity; Unit 11:Islam;
Unit 12:Judaism;Unit 13: Hinduism; Unit 14:Sikhism;Unit 15: Buddhism
Module D:
Unit 16: Mark’s Gospel
*Religion and Life is concerned with the relationship between religion
and life in the UK, focusing on 4 key elements: belief in God; Matters of
life and death; Marriage and family; Community Cohesion.
**Religion and Society is concerned with Rights and Responsibilities;
Environmental and Medical Issues; Peace and Conflict; Crime and
Punishment.
1.5: Post-16 Resources
1.5.1 Resources for GCE AS/A2 Level for teaching from 2008
The resources listed in this section are those for the GCE AS and A2 specifications
which came on stream for teaching from September 2008, this section lists those
resources specifically associated with these requirements. In two cases there is a formal
partnership between an examination board and publisher: OCR with Heinemann, AQA
with Nelson Thornes; Edexcel publishes resources for students and teachers in its own
right, whilst a range of other publishers match their publications to various specifications
across the examination boards. The trend towards packages providing help for students
and support to teachers in delivering the chosen options is evident in the listings (by
publisher) below.
(a) Heinemann
Resources for OCR AS/A2 options:
The following are online resources available for downloading by schools and colleges at
www.heinemann.co.uk/OCRAlevelRS (information as in Heinemann 2008 secondary
catalogue) Resources were described as ’written by examiners to support the new
specifications’.
Taylor, I., Eyre, C., & Knight, R. (2008) OCR AS Philosophy and Ethics, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 62 4.
Eyre, C. & Knight, R. (2008) OCR A2 Philosophy and Ethics, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 58 7.
Eyre, C. & Knight, R. (2008) OCR AS Philosophy and Ethics Teacher Planning and
Delivery Resource with CD-ROM, Heinemann, 978 0435303 63 1.
Eyre, C. & Knight, R. (2008) OCR A2 Philosophy and Ethics Teacher Planning and
Delivery Resource with CD-ROM, Heinemann, 978 0435303 59 4.Rescesfrom the web
AS/A2 level authors of the following 14 online downloadable packs: Jon Mayled, Julian
Dobson, Dr Ed Russell, Victoria Bunting:
(2008) OCR AS Jewish Scriptures Student and Teacher Resource Pack,
Heinemann, 978 0 435303 40 2.
(2008) OCR A2 Jewish Scriptures Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 90 7.
(2008) OCR AS New Testament Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 41 9.
(2008) OCR A2 New Testament Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 91 4.
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(2008) OCR AS Developments in Christian Theology Student and Teacher
Resource Pack, Heinemann, 978 0 435303 42 6.
(2008) OCR A2 Developments in Christian Theology Student and Teacher
Resource Pack, Heinemann, 978 0 435303 92 1.
(2008) OCR AS Buddhism Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 43 3.
(2008) OCR A2 Buddhism Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 93 8.
(2008) OCR AS Hinduism Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 44 0.
(2008) OCR A2 Hinduism Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 94 5.
(2008) OCR AS Islam Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 45 7.
OCR A2 Islam Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 95 2.
OCR AS Judaism Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 46 4.
OCR A2 Judaism Student and Teacher Resource Pack, Heinemann,
978 0 435303 96 9.
(b) Hodder Education
For OCR:
Gray, R. & Cole, P. (2008) OCR Religious Studies for AS, Hodder, 978 0 340 95781 3
Described as ‘A skills based approach to AS that unpicks the OCR exam-board
requirements’; text provides coverage for OCR Philosophy of Religion and Ethics units
as well for Buddhism, Islam and the New Testament.
For EDEXCEL:
Gray, R. & Cole, P. (2008) Edexcel Religious Studies for AS, Hodder,
978 0 340 95780 6
Described as ‘A skills based approach to AS that unpicks the Edexcel exam-board
requirements’; text provides coverage for Edexcel Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
units as well for Buddhism, Islam and the New Testament.
GENERAL:
Access to Religion and Philosophy series
Updated series ‘to ensure relevant coverage of the revised 2008 A level specifications’.
Described also as suitable for AQA, Edexcel, OCR (and also WJEC and CCEA).
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New titles or editions identified by the publisher:
Wilcockson, M. (2009) Christian Theology, Hodder, 978 0 340 95773 8.
Thompson, M. (2008 3rd edn.) Ethical Theory, Hodder, 978 0 340 95779 0.
Thompson, M. (2008 2nd edn.) An Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics, Hodder,
978 0 340 95779 0.
Wilcockson, M. (2008 2nd edn.) Issues of Life and Death, Hodder, 978 0 340 95775 2.
Wilcockson, M. (2008) Medical Ethics, Hodder, 978 0 340 95777 6.
Cole, P. (2008 3rd edn.) Philosophy of Religion, Hodder, 978 0 340 95778 3.
Thompson, M. (2008 2nd edn.) Religion and Science, Hodder, 978 0 340 95776 9 £8.99
Wilcockson, M. ( 2009 new edn.) Social Ethics, Hodder, 978 0 340 95774 5
Older titles include:
Walker, J. (2000) Environmental Ethics, Hodder, 978 0 340 75770 3.
Ahluwalia, L. (2001) Foundation for the Study of Religion, Hodder,
978 0 340 79959 8.
Indicated as a bestseller by the publisher; text looks at Philosophy of Religion, Religious
Ethics, Jewish Scriptures, The New Testament, Developments in Christian Thought, and
World Religions.
Ahluwalia, L. (2002) Religious Experience, Hodder, 978 0 340 84684 1.
Indicated as a bestseller by the publisher; text looks at definitions of religious experience
and considers the major world religions.
Wilcockson, M. (2001) Sex and Relationships, Hodder, 978 0 340 72489 7.
Cole, P. (2002) Theory of Knowledge, Hodder, 978 0 340 80482 7.
(c) Nelson Thornes
Resources described as ‘exclusively endorsed and approved by AQA’:
AQA Religious Studies for AS and A2: Philosophy of Religion:
Authors: Jordan, A., Tate, E., Lockyer, N.
(2008) AS Student’s Book, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 9820 9
AS Electronic Resources to support the learning activities in the Student’s Book are
available.
.
(2008) A2 Student’s Book, Nelson Thornes, 978 1 4085 1348 2
A2 Electronic Resources to support the learning activities in the Student’s Book are
available.
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AQA Religious Studies for AS and A2: Ethics:
Bowie, R. (2008) AS Student's Book, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 9819 3
AS Electronic Resources to support the learning activities in the Student’s Bookare
available.
Bowie, R. (2008) A2 Student's Book, Nelson Thornes, 978 1 4085 1383 5.
A2 Electronic Resources to support the learning activities in the Student’s Bookare
available.
NB. The Electronic Resources for the above two series also support in each case the
development of research skills using WebQuests and provide opportunities to practise
exam techniques. Additionally, Nelson Thornes have developed online ‘Nelson Thornes
learning space’ for both teacher and student support – interactive learning for students,
help with planning and assessment for teachers.
(d) Philip Allan
Tyler, S.K & Reid, G. (2008 2nd edition) Religious Studies (Advanced), Philip Allan, 978
0 340 95931 2
Described as covering the most popular AS/A2 topics: Philosophy of Religion, Ethics,
New Testament. Seen as applicable across exam boards. This book is also supported by
resource packs and other aids for students e.g. Revision help.
(e) Routledge
For OCR:
Taylor, M. & Mayled, J. (ed.) (2008 2bd edn.) OCR Philosophy of Religion for AS and
A2, Routledge, 978-0-415-4624-4 pbk.
A companion website with support material for teachers and free downloadable lesson
plans is available at: http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415468244
Oliphant, J. & Mayled, J. (ed.) (2008 2nd edn.) OCR religious Ethics for AS and A2,
Routledge, 978-0-415-46825-1 pbk.
Companion website: http://www.routledge.comtextbooks/9780415468251
1.5.2 Other resources available for AS/A2 religious studies
The resources listed here are older items which may be relevant to current (2008) AS/A2
level specifications, but were not written specifically for them. They are listed by
publisher.
(a) Edexcel
Tyler, S.K. Reid, G., Mayled, J., Messent, D., Kaur, G., Smith, J., (2008) Edexcel AS
Religious Studies Student Book, EDEXCEL, 978 -1846903342.
Tyler, S.K. & Reid, G. (2007) Edexcel GCE in Religious Studies: Edexcel A2 Religious
Studies, EDEXCEL, 9781846902116.
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Tyler, S.K. (2007) A2 Edexcel Religious Studies: Interactive CD, Pearson Longman,
9781846902123.
(b) Nelson Thornes
2008 Catalogue lists the following ‘Additional Religious Education resources for 16+:
Bowie, R. (2004) Ethical Studies, 2nd rvsd. edn., Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 8079 2.
Jordan, A., Lockyer, N., Tate, E. (2002) Philosophy of Religion for A Level, 2nd edn.,
Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 6760 1.
Jordan, A., Lockyer, N., Tate, E. (2004) Philosophy of Religion for A Level, OCR
Edition, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 8078 5.
Bowie, R. (2004) AS/A2 Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Ethics for OCR
Study Guide, Nelson Thornes, 978 0 7487 8081 5.
Clarke, P. (2002) Examining Philosophy and Ethics Answers for A Level, Nelson
Thornes, 978 0 7487 6009 1.
Clarke, P. (2001) Questions about God: A guide for students, Nelson Thornes,
978 0 7487 6554 6.
(c) Pearson Education
Tylor, S.K. (2008) Revision Express AS & A2 Religious Studies, Pearson Education,
978-140820669.
(d) Philip Allan
Jamison, I. (2006) World Religions: Hinduism, Philip Allan, 978 0 84489 420 8.
Side, D. (2005) World Religions: Buddhism, Philip Allan, 978 1 84489 219 8.
(e) Rhinegold
Brown, D. & Morris, S. (2003) A Student’s Guide to AS Religious Studies, Rhinegold,
978-1904226086.*
Introduces Religion and Human Experience, Old Testament, New Testament, Religion
and Ethics, World Faiths, Religion and Science. Written to link to AQA specifications.
Brown, D. & Morris, S. (2003) A Student’s Guide to A2 Religious Studies, Rhinegold,
978-1904226093.
Guide to modules on Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Ethics, Religion and
Culture, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Experience. Written to link to AQA
specifications.
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Tyler, S. & Freeman, P (2007) A Student’s Guide to AS Religious Studies, Rhinegold,
978-1904226987.*
Introduces Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam,
Judaism, Sikhism, New Testament. Written to link to Edexcel specifications.
Freeman, P (2003) A Student’s Guide to A2 Religious Studies, Rhinegold,
978-1904226147.
Focus on Philosophy of Religion, Old Testament/Jewish Bible, Religious Ethics, New
Testament, Christianity, World religions, Issues in Religion. Written to link to Edexcel
specifications.
Wilcockson, M. (2003) A Student’s Guide to AS Religious Studies*, Rhinegold,
ISBN: N/A
Introduces Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics, Jewish Scriptures, New Testament,
Developments in Christian Thought, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Written to
link to OCR specifications.
Wilcockson, M. (2003) A Student’s Guide to A2 Religious Studies, Rhinegold,
978-194226161.
Guide to modules on Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics, Jewish Scriptures, New
Testament, Developments in Christian Thought, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and
Judaism. Written to link to OCR specifications.
*These items listed in 2008 catalogue, but no longer listed on Rhinegold website –
accessed 27.08.09.
(f) RMEP
Hewer, C. (2006) Understanding Islam: The First Ten Steps, RMEP/SCM,
978 0 3333404 032 3
Designated suitable for A level by publisher; described as attempting to build a
framework for understanding Islam on the faith’s own terms.
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Part 2: E- Resources
2.1 Introduction
Religious Education has embraced technological developments as they have occurred.
Thus radio and television programmes were developed for religious education as these
became available for schools, and later video and DVD became - and remain -resources
for the subject (see Jackson et al. 2010:184,195, 205, 211). In the last 10 years the
internet has also become a key source of material for teachers of all subjects, including
religious education.
The sheer volume of resources that can be found electronically, as well as the budgetary
limitations of the project, mean that it has been impossible to audit all of the materials
that could be found on a particular religion or via a particular medium. Thus this report
concentrates on those resources identified during the course of the project as part of the
audit, draws on information from the case studies and quantitative survey and focuses
on the teaching of the major religious traditions taught in English classrooms. The audit
does not cover resources made available through a paid or subscription service, again
due to budgetary limitations.
A major way for teachers and students to find resources is to use a search engine such
as Google© or Yahoo© or MSN©. Jansen and Spink (2006) report that teachers are
‘using fewer search results and use Boolean operators poorly in their search
techniques’. Thus, those Internet sites that appear towards the top of a search engine’s
list are more likely to be used than those that appear subsequently. RE teachers are also
served by specific RE search engines such as RE Online,5 which offers a far smaller
selection of sites. However, these are sites which have been certificated as being useful
for teachers and/or students. Teachers may also turn to resource sharing sites to aid
their planning and teaching of RE; a number of such sites which teachers may turn to in
order to find resources for teaching and learning are listed in Appendix 2 . In this report
e-resources used by teachers are seen as falling into three categories:
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
Materials produced by official or recognised publishers
Materials produced by government, local authorities or support agencies
Materials produced by other teachers
Many teachers search for resources unassisted. However, there is a growing number of
publications that either have their own support sites or which refer users of their
materials to websites. Some of these are ‘closed’ to users of the materials and some are
open to anyone.
This report covers resource materials which can be found to support teaching and
learning in religious education from a number of different e-sources. These are not, by
the very nature of the resource, exhaustive but give an indication of the kinds of
resources that are available. A sample of websites has been chosen for each of the
major religions and then a range of other e-resource types have been examined within
the remit of the project to look at six ‘world religions’ and to consider issues of
community cohesion.
5
www.reonline.org.uk
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2.1.1 Summary of key points
The following key points became apparent during the preparation of the audit, and also
from the review of selected e-resources by academic experts, faith community
consultants and professional RE experts.6
1. Whilst there are a vast number of resources on-line the audit indicates a limited
number of open-access sites that are useful to teachers of religious education;
this was evidenced by data from the qualitative study which indicated frequent
use of a small number of sites. Although access to the internet allows teachers
in England to access a vast number of resources, their pedagogical skills are
needed to turn web resources into useful and productive teaching and learning
tools.
2. One very positive advantage of the on-line materials is access to authentic
sources, which can be used in the classroom; these may be people, sacred
texts or (images of) artefacts. These are useful for both AT1 (learning about
religion) and for AT2 (learning from religion),7 but finding, evaluating and
situating such resources can be a time consuming process demanding higher
level ICT skills than, for example, those required of newly qualified teachers.
3. As websites can be crafted by anybody, anywhere, without any of the editorial or
production values of more traditional resources, considerable care needs to be
taken when using them. Websites may be crafted by experts or amateurs, and
may even be seditious or malicious. Whilst schools, local authorities and
regional broadband consortia work to protect schools via firewalls and nanny
filters from the worst of materials, there is still much that is easily accessed that
is inaccurate, distasteful or harmful to students in schools. Given the community
cohesion requirements, it is vital that students understand that websites cannot
always be taken at face value. Thus, a site which indicates that it is the ‘voice of
Islam’ or the ‘view of the church’ may be written by those with unrepresentative
or unwelcome agendas to promote.
4. A site may be of good quality and may represent accurate information. However,
such information may reflect the views of particular groups or individuals, rather
than pointing up the variety that exists within religions. Teachers and students
need to be aware of the stance taken by particular groups hosting sites and to
set this knowledge in the wider context of the religion.
5. There are many different types of resource on-line. These ranges from fully
written, pedagogically sound materials to be found in Agreed Syllabus
guidance, in commercially available websites and in downloads from resource
support sites (see Appendix 2) to ‘gobbets’ of materials in video, audio, textual,
animated and image format that teachers are crafting into lesson materials or
providing as resource banks for students to use.
6
The review of selected e-resources by the respective consultants is reported in Jackson et al. 2010:
Sections 3.2 (Professional RE Experts) and 3.4 (Faith Consultants and Academic Experts)
7
See Jackson, et al. 2010:16 regarding this terminology.
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6. There are a number of projects which are digitising source materials from around
the world (e.g. the British Library) and which make available enormous assets
to teachers of RE and to students in the classroom. The collections of major
museums, art galleries and libraries are all in the process of digitisation, giving
unprecedented access to information and materials.
7. Given the unedited and uncritical nature of much on-line material, it is crucial that
teachers and students become critical evaluators of on-line materials (see
section 2.6 for a set of guiding questions for teachers and students to ask of
materials that they find on-line). This critical, evaluative approach is both a key
skill for teachers as they look to find enriching, authentic and stimulating
teaching resources, but also for students as they tackle independent and
personalised learning tasks.
8. Whilst many resources are self-contained and ‘finished’, teachers report that they
are turning more to on-line sources to craft ‘resource buckets’ that are used in
their teaching via the internet connection, school network and/or e-board rather
than using traditional resources such as books (Hopkins, 2009).
9. E-resources and access to them are important under the remit of the community
cohesion requirements. The availability of authentic resources which explain,
exemplify and expand on the religious and belief viewpoints and understandings
of young people should help them towards achieving the aim of a ‘shared vision
and a shared future’ in ‘a society in which there is a common vision and sense
of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people’s
backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued’ (DCSF 2007, p.3).
10. The e-resources identified in the audit can be divided into five approximate
categories:
a. Those produced by commercial companies, or as attachments to more
b.
c.
d.
e.
traditional print materials;8
Those produced by the faith communities to promote understanding of
their own traditions or faiths, or to educate those of faiths other than their
own;
Those produced by government or quango support agencies, local
authority officers, teacher education organisations or Standing Advisory
Committees for Religious Education (SACREs);
Those produced by teachers, student teachers, advisers or consultants to
support teaching and learning in RE;
Those produced by individuals who may or may not have a faith tradition
but have something to say on the issues.
11. As well as websites teachers are also using more ‘traditional’ e-resources of film,
video and DVD. These fall into two categories:
a. Resources with an overt religious, ethical, moral or philosophical theme
8
Funding has not allowed us access to these.
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b. Resources with a more hidden theme drawn out by the teacher
12. There are many questions of copyright and intellectual property rights over the
use of on-line materials in schools. Many schools are struggling with the terms
of copyright under such instruments as the schools’ copyright licence. The
author has prepared a statement on this for use with schools.9
13. Community cohesion is not an issue addressed by the majority of websites.
Primarily they are concerned with knowledge and information transfer (see 14).
A minority of sites have built in teaching or learning methodologies. However,
there is a growing number of websites on community cohesion (see section
2.2.1), reflecting the advantages of the short ‘production’ cycle of on-line
materials.
14. Most websites viewed in the audit are information rich but do not have a series of
pedagogically thought-through teaching and learning activities. There are
exceptions to this where sites have been constructed with classroom-based
education in mind and sites like the BBC (www.bbc.co.uk/education/) and CLEO
(www.cleo.net) are examples of this approach.
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See http://www.mmiweb.org.uk/microsites/copyright.html
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2.2 Web Resources
As stated above, there is a huge number of relevant websites, and it is difficult even to
scratch the surface in this audit. Listed below are some of the websites that support
teaching and learning in religious education for the six world religions identified in
English agreed syllabuses, together with a list of websites which are specifically
designed to deal with community cohesion.
2.2.1 Some sites for teachers
There are a number of sites for teachers that form a ‘core’ of sites to access for their own
development and understanding of world religions and community cohesion.
The Better RE Assessment website: This website gives examples of work levelled
according to the Non Statutory National Framework http://www.betterre.org.uk/toolkit/index.php
The BBC Religion and Ethics website: An extensive collection of resources for
teachers and older students - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/
The BBC Multifaith Calendar: A calendar of all the major faiths and their festivals in the
UK until 2011 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/tools/calendar/
The BBC schools site: This site is aimed at school children and covers the six main
religions observed in the UK as well as other faith and belief stances –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religon/
Religion Facts: The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information — ‘just
the facts’ — on the various answers that have been given to questions about religions,
as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them - http://www.religionfacts.com/
All RE: A specialist RE search Engine- - http://www.reonline.org.uk/allre/index.php
Institute of Community Cohesion: The Institute of Community Cohesion was
established in 2005 to provide a new approach to race, diversity and multiculturalism. Its
work focuses on building positive and harmonious community relations, using applied
research to develop practice and to build the capacity of all the agencies and individuals
involved - http://www.cohesioninstitute.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx
Diversity and Dialogue: Diversity and Dialogue aims to build trust, address stereotypes
and promote community cohesion between young people from diverse backgrounds
throughout the UK through dialogue and social action programmes about controversial
and timely issues - http://www.diversityanddialogue.org.uk/
Wikipedia: This site comes first in a very high number of internet searches (see
Appendix 3). The UK site can be found at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Many religious groups in the UK have websites. Those which are members of the
Religious Education Council of England and Wales can be found on the website:
Directory of Faith Communities (http://www.theredirectory.org.uk/org.php?dz). They
may offer materials for children, sometimes aimed at schools and sometimes at young
practitioners. Some groups also support materials at the smaller geographic level.
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2.2.2 Websites of the major faith organisations in the UK
(a) Buddhism
 The Buddhist Society - http://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/
 Friends of the Western Buddhist Order - http://www.fwbo.org/
 Network of Buddhist Organisations - http://www.nbo.org.uk/
 New Kadampa Tradition - http://kadampa.org/
(b) Christianity
 The Baptist Union of Great Britain - http://www.baptist.org.uk/
 Catholic Education Service - http://www.cesew.org.uk/
 Church of England Board of Education - http://www.cofe.anglican.org/
 Congregational Federation - http://www.congregational.org.uk/
 Free Church Education Unit - http://www.freechurcheducation.org.uk/
 Methodist Colleges and Schools - http://www.methodisteducation.co.uk/
 Religious Society of Friends - http://www.quaker.org.uk/
 Salvation Army - http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/schools
 United Reform Church - http://www.urc.org.uk/
 The Vatican - http://www.vatican.va
(c) Hinduism
 National Council of Hindu Temples - http://www.nchtuk.org/
(d) Islam
 Islamic Cultural Centre - http://www.iccuk.org/
 The Muslim Council of Britain - http://www.mcb.org.uk/
 Union of Muslim Organisations of UK - http://www.theredirectory.org.uk/org.php?n65
(e) Judaism
 The Board of Deputies of British Jews - http://www.bod.org.uk/
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2.2.3 Sites for students
The sites listed below provide access to information about the principal religions in the
UK. All the sites that were identified for review by experts and consultants were taken
from this list, which was chosen using data from major search engines, from discussions
with teachers active in the field and from the project survey, as well extensive on-line
research by the writer of this report. The sites are extensive and range across a number
of the main religions; thus they appear in several sections.
It is important to note that, whilst sites have been included in particular Key Stages, they
often cover a wide range of potential users and, unlike books, rarely target a particular
age range. This observation points to the need for teachers to look carefully at websites
and judge their appropriateness for their pupils’ learning in RE, drawing on their own
professional expertise and guidelines such as those suggested in section 2.6 of this
audit. Such judgment underlies the listing of sites here.
2.2.4 Key Stage 1 and 2 sites for pupils
(a) All religions
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A religious studies glossary: This site offers an extensive glossary of religious
terms used in English agreed syllabuses. It is based on the QCA glossary which
has been developed and extended. The site gives access to a ‘standard’ set of
spellings for the RE syllabus http://www.mmiweb.org.uk/publications/glossary/glossary.html
At School Web: A collection of resources and an introduction to resources about
Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam - http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/
carolrb/index1.htm
BBC Schools site - religion: This site gives a basic overview of the major
religions studied in English schools – http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/
Birmingham Grid for Learning: An extensive support site for RE from one of the
biggest Local Authorities. It includes materials for all Key Stages http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/index.cfm?s=1&m=300&p=177,index&zs=n
British Library on-line: A collection of materials from the British Library on Faiths
in the UK - http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/sacred/homepage.html
Children Talking: 'Children Talking' is a database of children and young people's
responses to the big questions of existence. The site is fully moderated and offers
the option for pupils to add their own responses to the original questions.
http://www.natre.org.uk/db
CLEO Net (KS1). This example of Regional Broadband Consortia, Cumbria and
Lancashire Education Online, includes classroom-focused activities that are often
age independent. A range of activities for younger children is offered with
extensive use of Flash technology – http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/index.php?
ks=1&cur=15
CLEO Net (KS2): See above - http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/index.php?
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Espresso Education: This is a subscription resource. Espresso is an extensive
library of video rich broadband teaching resources and student activities that aims
to motivate pupils and support teachers - http://www.espresso.co.uk
Holidays on the Net: A wide ranging site that includes calendars and many
secular and sacred celebrations and festivals; these can be accessed using the
‘our celebrations’ option - http://www.holidays.net/
The RE site (Infants): This site offers a range of topics for the youngest children.
The site uses sound and images as well as animation to introduce children to God,
Church, Bible and Jesus - http://www.reonline.org.uk/ks1/student/
The RE site (Juniors): This RE search engine categorises the areas of learning
for ‘typical’ KS2 RE and offers these packaged to students to explore further. The
site may be useful for research, independent learning or for teachers to find web
resources. There are also links to virtual tours and festivals http://www.reonline.org.uk/ks2/indexx.php
People of Faith: Personal stories from young people about being a member of a
faith community - http://pof.reonline.org.uk/index.php
Primary Vision: A complete scheme of work for primary schools, based on the
Stockport Syllabus, and from the Christians in Schools group in the Stockport
area - http://www.cist.org.uk/pv/index.htm
REEP: Resources from the Religious Education and Environment Programme
designed to stimulate imaginative and intellectual involvement in some of the
environmental problems that confront modern society –
http://www.reep.org/resources/primary/index.php
Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School: This school has developed a range of RE
resources - http://www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk/Resources/index_files/re.htm
Shap glossary: This site gives a spoken glossary, by members of particular faith
communities, for many of the common terms used in English RE classroomshttp://www.shapworkingparty.org.uk/glossary.html
Teachers TV: A collection of resource materials for teachers. This can be found
under ’topics’ and then ’Religious Education’ – http://www.teachers.tv
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Buddha 101: This resource is aimed at self-study or for introducing Buddhism at
Key Stage 2. The site uses text and images extensively http://www.buddha101.com/
Buddhamind: This site for older children offers a range of resources on Buddhism
including shrine rooms - http://www.buddhamind.info/
Buddhanet: A wide ranging set of materials on Buddhism. 8 units on Buddhism
including stories, festivals, disciples and teachings http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/primary.htm
Buddhist artefacts: Part of the Strathclyde materials on religious artefacts, this site
includes photographs, animations and line drawings http://www.strath.ac.uk/curricularstudies/re/db/reartefacts/buddhist/
Buddhist Tales: A set of Buddhist stories from the Lotus Sutra http://www.gakkaionline.net/kids/stories.html
Interactive life of the Buddha: From the Clear Vision stable, this resource is on
the life of the Buddha. It is divided into 6 sections on his life from birth to death,
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followed by a section on the Buddha image. Activities, support materials and video
resources contribute to this resource- http://www.cvinteractive.org/lob/
Monastery Tour: Part of the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning, this resource is a tour
of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Great Gaddesden, near Hemel Hempstead. This
allows children to explore the visuals of the monastery and examine how this is
different from their own experience http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/re/virtual/buddhisttrail/index.shtml
Stories of the Buddha: Clear Vision offers a range of AV resources to support the
teaching of Buddhism, particularly for the youngest children. The stories of
Angulimala and Siddhartha from the life of the Buddha are included, plus four
stories about sharing, kindness and friendship –
http://www.clear-vision.org/Students/undereleven.aspx
Thailand Life: A site about being a young Buddhist in Thailand. Includes a section
about ‘My Thai childhood’ - http://www.thailandlife.com/my-thai-childhood/index.php
What is Buddhism? This resource introduces Buddhism to Key stage 2 and 3
children. Sections on meditation, the Buddha and focusing on being a Buddhist as
the faith is practised in the West. The site is written by members of the Friends of
the Western Buddhist order - http://www.fwbo.org/buddhism.html
World Faiths: An overview of Buddhism aimed at the Key Stage 2 reading age
http://www.world-faiths.com/Buddhism/BUDDHISM.HTM
Woodlands Junior School: Buddhism for children. Part of the school site offers a
basic introduction to Buddhism for younger children –
http://woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Homework/religion/buddhism.htm
(c) Christianity
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About Jesus: This provides an overview of Christian beliefs –
http://about-jesus.org/cbasics.htm
A Way to Go (Jesus): A simple overview of the life of Jesus from a confessional
viewpoint - http://www.theway2go.org/content/main_JE.html
The Brick Testament: The digital narrative can be used both for developing an
understanding of Biblical narrative and inspiring pupils to use the techniques in their
own work- http://www.thebricktestament.com
BBC Learning Zone clips: A collection of video clips suitable for the primary RE
classroom – search under Primary and then Religious Education –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/
The Bible Society: A collection of free resources on this site support teaching
about the Bible and the use of scripture in worship –
http://www.theBiblesociety.org.uk
The Bible Gateway: An on-line collection of many different versions of the Bible –
http://www.Biblegateway.com
Biblos: A guide to the Bible for RE - http://www.culham.ac.uk/biblos/
Bishops in Action: A set of resources to support the Lambeth conference of 2008;
includes information about the workings of the Church of England http://www.bishopsinaction.com/
CAFOD: Resources include on-line activities, lesson plans, worksheets, fact sheets
and information on the work of CAFOD – http://www.cafod.org.uk
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Children Learn to Pray: A collection of prayers from the cycle of church festivals
and beliefs - http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/
Christian Symbols: A site dedicated to Christian symbols and their meaning –
http://www.christiansymbols.net
Christianity for Children: The site covers the basics of Christian belief for Key
Stages 1 and 2 and includes Jesus’ life, Jesus’ teaching, beliefs, celebrations,
festivals, denominations, symbols, the Bible, clergy and worship http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/carolrb/christianity/
Christian Aid for Children: Resources for schools about the work of Christian Aid
with classroom materials and information – http://learn.christianaid.org.uk/
Christianity for Infants: The site covers God, the Bible, the Church, following
Jesus, family life, festivals and symbols. Suitable language for Key Stage 1. A mix
of activities, including games and information - http://ks1.reonline.org.uk/
Culham Institute: Curriculum resources from the Culham Institute –
http://www.refuel.org.uk
Dottie and Buzz: For early learning. Covers topics of belonging, creation, baptism,
the wide world and forgiving and then a longer section on baptism. Uses image,
music and video and includes some games and activities http://www.dottieandbuzz.co.uk/
Educhurch: This is a web site that allows pupils to find out more about the
Christian faith. It features three churches, all very different from each other: an
Anglican church, a Salvation Army citadel, and a free church http://www.educhurch.org.uk/
Friends and Heroes: A collection of Biblical stories in animation and text –
http://www.friendsandheroes.tv
Global Gang: A children’s site from the Christian Aid group, which aims to entertain
and inform – http://www.globlagang.org.uk
Living Out Faith: The Living out Faith website incorporates the experiences,
cultures and histories of Black communities into teaching about and reflection on
Christian faith and life. The site provides lessons and testimony –
http://www.livingoutfaith.org.uk
Lourdes: Information about this place of pilgrimage –
http://www.lourdes-france.org
Miracle Maker: Relates to the video (see section 2.4): a claymation (clay
animation) of the life of Jesus. The site contains a download of eight classroom
activities based on the film. Suitable for Key Stage 2 and into Key Stage 3 http://www.Biblesociety.org.uk/l3.php?id=229
RE Jesus: The story of Jesus - includes full texts of the four gospels (in PDF
format), questions and answers on Jesus and his teaching, and a timeline –
http://www.rejesus.co.uk
RE: Quest: This wide ranging site covers many areas within Christianity including
festivals, rites, practices, beliefs – http://www.request.org.uk/
RE: Quest infants: A collection of resources focused on Christianity and intended
for infants - http://www.request.org.uk/infants/infants.htm
The Children’s Society: Pages from the Children’s Society to support work with
young children; includes activities and video support materials for testimonials –
http://www.childrensociety.org.uk/kids_zone/
Tearfund: All about the work of Tearfund including resources on global issues,
including climate change and trade justice – http://www.tearfund.org
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The way to go: This site focuses on the liminal moments in a Christian life;
Baptism, Confirmation, Communion, Marriage and Death http://www.theway2go.org/content/lbmintro.html
Walsingham: The web presence of the shrine at Walsingham http://www,walsingham.org.uk
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A Diwali Festival of Lights: This site offers a wide range of support materials for
looking at the festival of Diwali. It includes recipes, decorations, poems, songs,
clipart and stories. Whilst there are no classroom activities there are lots of
resources to use for teacher set activities or independent learning http://www.diwalifestival.org/
The Heart of Hinduism: An educational resource that explains Hindu traditions in
clear terms - http://hinduism.iskcon.com/
HinduKids: A site for exploring Hinduism on the web. This site is a massive
archive of resources for Hinduism and contains information about, prayer, belief,
worship, festivals and many authentic materials for the classroom. Games, songs,
and activities offer classroom materials – http://www.hindukids.org
Hinduism for Schools: This is a collection of resources including an introduction to
Hinduism, a section on Hindu beliefs, on practices and a Virtual Pooja package
gives some classroom focus - http://www.vivekananda.btinternet.co.uk/ks1-3.htm
The Hindu Universe: A collection of resources aimed at young Hindus
http://www.hindunet.org/kidsyouth/
Hindu Aid: Hindu Aid co-ordinates and facilitates the aid and development work of
Hindu organisations in the United Kingdom – http://www.hinduaid.org
Hindu Festivals: A site dedicated to Hindu festivals http://www.ahmedabadcity.com/tourism/html/ganesh_chaturti.html
Images of Hindu Deities: This is a collection of images with many of them
available as PDF downloads to use in the classroom for creating displays,
presentations or other curriculum work - http://www.strath.ac.uk/curricularstudies/re/
db/reartefacts/hindudeities/
India for Kids: Part of the Snaith Primary School site this material supports
teaching about religion in the sub-continent http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/india.htm
Picture Tour of a Mandir: This is a picture tour of the Shree Prajapati Mandir in
Bradford. This provides a balance of images and text for the primary school and a
model of what the students themselves could make after a visit to a Mandir - http://
www.ngfl.ac.uk/re/shreeprajapatimandir.htm
Shree Geeta Bhawan: The website of the first Hindu temple in the Midlands
contains a gallery of images and sounds http://www.geetabhawan.co.uk/deities.php
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which are Qur’anic - http://www.al-islam.org/gallery/kids/Books/bilal/index.htm
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Bolton Council of Mosques: A virtual tour of a Mosque in Bolton http://www.thebcom.org/mosquetour/index.htm
Channel 4: The Hajj: An interactive and virtual Hajj site - http://www.channel4.com/
culture/microsites/H/hajj/index.html
The Hajj in pictures: Part of the BBC archive this set of images may be useful for
developing an understanding of this occasion of the Muslim year. The text is more
appropriate to the upper years of Key Stage 2 but the images could be used with
any part of the primary school to explore the events of the hajj http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/galleries/hajj/
Islam 101: A site on Islam covering a range of areas of belief and practice http://islam101.net/
Islamic Art: A collection of resources for art and architecture to support the
teaching of Islam - http://www.islamicart.com/
Islam for Children: Part of the EduWeb site this covers a range of areas of Islam
including Muhammad (pbuh), the Qur’an, Artefacts, Festivals and Art http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/carolrb/islam/islamintro.html
Jannah.com - Learn how to pray: An animated presentation looking at prayer in
Islam - http://www.jannah.com/learn/flashprayer1.html
Ministry of Hajj: A site sponsored by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia covering Islamic
beliefs, Hajj, Umrah and other areas - http://www.hajinformation.com/main/c.htm
Ramadan: A website dedicated to the fast of Ramadan. Includes interactive
elements and ‘Radio Ramadan’ - http://www.ramadan.co.uk/
Ramadan: This is part of the Holidays.net website which explores festivals from the
religious calendar. Festivals are a part of the primary curriculum and this site offers
text, ideas and activities on the fast. Covers the festival, fasting, Muhammad and
more on the Qur’an and the pillars - http://www.holidays.net/ramadan/
Tour of a Mosque: Hitcham primary school has developed a set of materials for
RE. It provides a tour of the local mosque which can be used for introducing
children to the mosque and also for demonstrating a way for the children to feed
back on a visit. It can be used for whole class teaching and independent learning;
the language and images are suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2 http://www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk/mosque/default.htm
The Pakistan connection: Developed by the Staffordshire LA this is a site
dedicated to exploring Pakistan including the culture, arts, sport, fashion and
religion - http://www.spirit-staffs.co.uk/pakistan/religion_menu.html
What is a Muslim? The site is based on the lives of British Muslims and covers
people, religion, arts, fashion, sport, food and work. Contains ‘pseudo interviews’
with British Muslims and sections on visiting a Mosque, exploring the five pillars of
Islam and looking at the Qur’an. The site is suitable for independent and group
learning - http://www.spirit-staffs.co.uk/pakistan/religion_menu.html
Young Enlightened Submitters: Quranic study sessions which are designed for
the young submitters. It is recommended for those between the ages of 6 to 12 –
http://submission.org/YES/
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Chabad.org: A website for Jewish children which includes information on festivals,
stories, multimedia and activities http://www.chabad.org/kids/default_cdo/jewish/Kids.htm
Children’s Songs for Holidays: It provides a resource for children to learn some
Hebrew songs for a range of holidays. Helps make some of the connections with
music and its place in worship - http://www.well.com/user/zagit/shirim.html
Jewish Connection: Part of the Staffordshire Net set of resources, this site is a
well designed resource for primary schools. Sets of questions guide students
around the site where there are good quality images, text and links to other
supporting sites - http://www.spirit-staffs.co.uk/synagogue/index4.htm
Judaism 101: An extensive site on Judaism covering Ideas, People, Places,
Things, Words and Deeds. The site indicates the level of the sections and so this
could be used across Key Stages 2 and 3 depending on the level of study. It
includes sections on what Jews believe, what is Judaism and on some of the key
figures - http://www.jewfaq.org/toc.htm
Judaism for Children: From the EduWeb stable, this website provides an
introduction to information about Judaism http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/carolrb/judaism/judai1.html
My Jewish Learning: An American site which has some support for young Jewish
children. See the sections on Torah and Bar Mitzvah http://www.myjewishlearning.com/index.shtml
ORT: Navigating the [Jewish] Bible: A multimedia Jewish Bible in Hebrew with
English translations and chanting. Includes a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, calendar and
reference guide - http://Bible.ort.org/
Rabbi Scheinermann’s Home Page: A website devoted to learning about Judaism
and Jewish traditions, values and beliefs - http://scheinerman.net/judaism/
Torah Tots: A site for Jewish children - http://www.torahtots.com/home.htm
Virtual Jerusalem (Pesach): Looking at the festival of Pesach, this site covers ‘The
Pesach picture’, ‘The Power of Pesach’, ‘Pesach Parade’ and ‘Pesach Perks’. The
site includes music, games, activities and lots of information about the festival. The
text and images are aimed at Key Stage 2
-http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/jewish_holidays/pesach/Home.htm
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The Gurdwara: An introduction to the Bhatra Gurdwara in Cardiff. This site covers
all the parts of the gurdwara with clear and accurate information. This virtual tour
uses images and text suitable to the key stage and shows what children could
produce in their own classrooms - http://www.ngflcymru.org.uk/vtc/ngfl/re/m_parry_carmarthenshire/addoldai/gurdwaratwo.html
Sikh Festivals: A site for upper Key Stage 2 which covers a large number of Sikh
festivals - http://www.sikhs.org/fest.htm
Sikhism for Children: This site, written by Carol Rainbow, offers an introduction to
Sikhism for children in the primary school. Covers, History, Guru Nanak, The Amrit
Ceremony, The Five Ks, Sikh Beliefs, Guru Granth Sahib, Family Life, The
Gurdwara, The Punjab and Symbols and contains a Word List, a Sikh Quiz and
some links - http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/carolrb/sikhism/sikhism1.html
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Sikh Stories: A collection of traditional and scriptural tales for Sikh children http://fateh.sikhnet.com/s/SikhStories
Virtual Tour Watford Gurdwara: A virtual tour of a Gurdwara http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/re/virtual/sikh/index.shtml
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(a) All religions
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ArcWorld: A website dedicated to the relationships between faiths and ecology
covers the principal faiths in the UK - http://www.arcworld.org/faiths.htm
BBC ethics site: This BBC directs users to BBC’s coverage of a number of ethical
issues and offers viewpoints from a variety of religious positions –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/
BBC schools religions site: There is vast reserve of information, links, video,
images and graphics on this site for teachers and students to use –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/
The RE site for KS3: This is a support site for the teaching of RE and includes
information and text as well as links to other useful sites in a variety of subdivisions for each of the religions. This could be used for research, independent
learning, or for teachers to find useful web resources - http://www.reonline.org.uk/
ks3/
Children Talking: This is a growing database of children’s responses to 10
questions about faith, life and living. This resource allows students to explore the
opinions of a wide range of young people. Students can also contribute to the
database – http://www.natre.org.uk/db/
CLEO Net: the Regional Broadband Consortia Cumbria and Lancashire
Education Online provide classroom-focused activities that are often age
independent. A wide range of activities are available for KS3 students, with
extensive use of Flash technology – http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/index.php?
ks=3&cur=15
People of Faith: A resource that allows students to explore a database of existing
answers, and to ask their own questions of both children and adults with a
professed faith. Allows exploration of AT2 (Learning from Religion) http://pof.reonline.org.uk/
Wikipedia: This site’s coverage of religions can be gauged from the figures in
section 2.8.2 (Appendix 3). A gateway for information – www.wikipedia.org or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion
(b) Buddhism
 About Buddhism: This site covers the main doctrines and tenets of Buddhism,
the teachings and the scriptures –
http://www.aboutbuddhism.org/buddhism-beliefs.php
 Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism http://www.accesstoinsight.org/
 Ask a Buddhist: Clear Vision runs the schools' service for Manchester Buddhist
Centre. The site answers some frequent questions about Buddhism; they are
answered by Buddhists from a range of UK traditions. Each person gives their own
personal opinions - http://www.clear-vision.org/Students/AskaBud.aspx
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BBC Schools Religion(Wesak): Part of the BBC schools website this covers the
festival of Wesak and provides information and images supported by links within
and outside of the BBC site http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/buddhism/buddha_day.shtml
The Buddhist Education Foundation: The site supports the teachings of the
Buddha and Buddhist stories - http://www.buddhisteducation.co.uk/
The Buddhist Society: A site to encourage the study of Buddhism. It includes
materials on general teachings, access to on-line texts, audio materials and a
forum - http://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/
Buddhist Symbols: This site explores Buddhist symbols and offers text and
image support - http://buddhamind.info/leftside/arty/symbols.htm
Buddhanet: Sections include a beginners guide to Buddhism, to scriptures and a
graded range of activities for students to learn about Buddhism http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/index.htm
Buddha 101: The history, practice and philosophy of Buddhism http://www.buddha101.com/
Clear Vision Trust: Another section of the Clear Vision support site for Buddhism,
This site covers the Three Jewels, the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path,
karma, meditation and the 5 precepts http://www.clear-vision.org/Students/elevenFourteen.aspx
Interactive life of the Buddha: Also from the Clear Vision stable, this provides a
set of resources of the life of the Buddha, divided into 6 sections on his life from
birth to death, and then a section on the Buddha image. Activities, support
materials and video resources make up this resource. http://www.cvinteractive.org/
lob/
What is Buddhism? This resource introduces Buddhism to the Key Stage 2 (or 3)
child. Sections on meditation, the Buddha and focusing on being a Buddhist as the
tradition is practised in the West. The site is written by (and reflects the approach
of) the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order - http://www.fwbo.org/buddhism.html
(c) Christianity
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The Bible Society: A site dedicated to the Bible including samples of activities http://www.Biblesociety.org.uk/index.php
Biblos: The Bible and RE: This site for exploring the Bible includes how various
parts of the Bible can be explored in the classroom and has a section with tests and
quizzes - http://www.culham.ac.uk/biblos/
The British Library: Expressions of Faith: This is a collection of art images
looking at expressions of Christianity from various sources guided by an expert
from the British Library - http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/expfaith/christmanu/
index.html
CAFOD: Resources include on-line activities, lesson plans, worksheets, fact sheets
and information on the work of CAFOD – http://www.cafod.org.uk
The Catacombs of Rome: A site looking at the early development of Christianity http://www.catacombe.roma.it/en/intro.html
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Children Learn to Pray: A collection of prayers from the cycle of Church festivals
and beliefs - http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/
Christian Symbols: A site dedicated to Christian symbols and their meaning http://www.christiansymbols.net
Christian Symbols: Part of the Religion Facts website this provides a guide to a
range of Christian symbols - http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/symbols.htm
Christian Aid for Children: Resources for schools about the work of Christian Aid
with classroom materials and information – http://learn.christianaid.org.uk/
Challenging Christianity: Focuses on the Curriculum Bites materials (see Section
2.4) which are available from the BBC site. This site looks at Jesus, martyrs, prayer,
miracles and parables. The site provides support materials for the classroom to
augment the video materials - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/re/keystage3.shtml
The Children’s Society: Pages from the Children’s Society to support work with
young children, including activities and video support materials for testimonials –
http://www.childrensociety.org.uk/kids_zone/
The Iona Community: The website of the Iona community in Scotland –
http://www.iona.org.uk
Jesus for Today: The site focuses on the impact of a passion play on the lives of
people – http://www.jesusfortoday.com/
Orthodox Church in the UK: The website for the Antiochian diocese of the United
Kingdom and Ireland - http://www.antiochian-orthodox.co.uk/
Oxfam: The teachers’ section of this site provides a range of resources which are
intended to bring a global dimension to students’ learning across the curriculum http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education
RE:Quest: A site for Key Stage 3. It provides a collection of materials about
aspects of Christian life, belief and action - http://www.request.org.uk/ks3/ks3.htm
REEP: The Religion and the Environment Project: this website explores the links
between Christianity and the Environment. The Religious Education and
Environment Programme provides resources for teachers and learners. REEP
specialises in the fields of spirituality, the environment and religion. The site
contains activities and links – http://reep.org.uk
RE Jesus: The site states: ‘Two thousand years after he walked the earth, Jesus of
Nazareth remains one of those most talked-about and influential people who has
ever lived. In the pages that follow, we explore his life, character, teachings and
followers’. Full texts of the four gospels can be downloaded (see ‘PDF’), questions
and answers on Jesus and his teaching and a timeline are included on the site http://www.rejesus.co.uk/
Saints on-line: A collection and encyclopaedia about Saints http://www.catholic.org/saints/
The Taizé Community: The website of the Taizé community in France –
http://www.taize.fr
Tearfund: All about the work of Tearfund including resources on global issues, such
as climate change and trade justice – http://www.tearfund.org
Walsingham: The website of this pilgrimage centre in the UK –
http://www.walsingham.org.uk
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BBC Schools: (Diwali). One of the family of sites on the BBC schools site. This site
offers links to other parts of the BBC and external sites as well as an explanation of
the festival - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/hinduism/diwali.shtml
Diwali Festival: A site dedicated to this Hindu festival http://www.diwalifestival.org/
Great Hindus: Biographies of Great Hindus and Indian leaders and personalities http://www.freeindia.org/biographies/
Heart of Hinduism: (Sacred Books). This is part of the ‘Heart of Hinduism’ site and
is a site on the complex issues of Hindu sacred scriptures http://hinduism.iskcon.com/tradition/1105.htm
Hindu Aid: Hindu Aid co-ordinates and facilitates the aid and development work of
Hindu organisations in the United Kingdom – http://www.hinduaid.org
Hindu Festivals: A site dedicated to Hindu festivals http://www.ahmedabadcity.com/tourism/html/ganesh_chaturti.html
The Hindu Net: This site is written for both young Hindus and those who are
interested in Hinduism. It is a site which explores the life of a Hindu today in the UK
and so offers a contemporary view into the interface of religion, faith and life http://www.hindunet.org/kidsyouth/
Hinduism for Schools: This is a collection of resources including an introduction to
Hinduism, a section on Hindu beliefs, on practices and a Virtual Puja package. http://www.vivekananda.btinternet.co.uk/
The Hindu Universe: A collection of resources aimed at young Hindus which may
have an application for those studying Hinduism http://www.hindunet.org/kidsyouth/
ISKCON: Produced by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness; this
site reflects their view of Hindu tradition. Resources on Hinduism, Vedanta and
Vaishnavism - http://www.iskcon.org.uk/ies/hinduism.html
The Mahabharata: The great epic of India http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Sanskrit_in_Classics_at_Brown/Mahabharata/
The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: The website for the largest Hindu Mandir outside
of India in Neasden in London - http://www.mandir.org/
Shree Geeta Bhawan: The first Hindu Temple in the Midlands http://www.diwalifestival.org/
(e) Islam
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Altafsir.com: A collection of translations of the Qur’an and a collection of
commentaries - http://www.altafsir.com/
Channel 4: The Hajj: This site is on the Muslim pilgrimage and includes a range of
resources such as an interactive ‘virtual Hajj’. Video, audio and text are all used to
explore this event in the lives of Muslims http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/H/hajj/index.html
Islam 101: An introductory site on Islam that includes sections on history, beliefs,
actions and includes some activities and tests - http://islam101.net/
Islam for School: Part of the EduWeb collection of resources covering the main
areas of Islam - http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/carolrb/Islam/islamintro.html
Islam at a glance: Part of the BBC religion site on Islam. There are overviews of
the religion with links to other sections on key ideas and beliefs. A resource to use
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for research or independent learning - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
ataglance/glance.shtml
Jannah.com: MP3 downloads on Islam including lectures, music and sermons http://www.jannah.com/mp3/
Prayer Positions: An illustration with explanations of the prayer positions used
during the five obligatory prayer times, from Takbir to Peace. This is part of the BBC
‘Religion and Ethics in pictures’ collection http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/galleries/salah/
Salaam: A website for contemporary Muslims covering a wide range of resources http://www.salaam.co.uk/
(f) Judaism
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Judaism 101: This site on Judaism covers Ideas, People, Places, Things, Words
and Deeds. The site indicates the level of the sections, so this could be used across
Key Stages 2 and 3 depending on the level of study. It includes sections on What
Jews believe, What is Judaism? and on some of the key figures.
http://www.jewfaq.org/toc.htm
Rabbi Scheinermann’s Jewish Home Page: A personal page from a Jewish
Rabbi exploring a range of issues on questions that he has been asked by Jews
and other people - http://scheinerman.net/judaism/ideas/
Holidays Net (Sukkot): This is part of the Holidays.net website which is a site
exploring festivals from the religious calendar. The site offers text, ideas and
activities on the festival and looks at the festival, the symbols and artefacts, the
history and some games and activities - http://www.holidays.net/sukkot/
Virtual Jerusalem: This is an active website about Jewish living today and gives an
insight into the outworking of a living faith. Includes opinions, food, forums, as well
as the ‘Ask a Rabbi’ service- which is a question/answer collection –
http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/judaism.php
The Virtual Synagogue: A tour of a virtual synagogue which offers explanations,
links and images, as well as a glossary and other supporting materials http://scheinerman.net/judaism/synagogue/
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The Golden Temple at Amritsar: This is a virtual tour of the Golden Temple at
Amritsar. Images and panoramic cameras offer a unique experience for a virtual
tour. There are also some AV materials – http://www.sikhs.org/golden
The Sikh Home Page: A set of resources on Sikhism, including origin and
development, philosophy and scriptures, an introduction, resources and way of life
– http://www.sikhs.org
The Sikh Net: An active website about Sikh living today, giving an insight into the
outworking of a living faith - http://www.sikhnet.com
Sikh pilgrimage: This site provides an introduction to some of the pilgrimage
places of Sikhism. It offers information and opportunities for independent learning http://re-xs.ucsm.ac.uk/re/pilgrimage/sikhism.htm
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BBC religion site: This site provides information on religion and BBC’s
coverage of this, and includes links, video, images and graphics which may be of
use to teachers and students http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/
BBC ethics site: This BBC directs users to BBC’s coverage of a number of ethical
issues and offers viewpoints from a variety of religious positions –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/
BBC KS4 RE site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/re/keystage4.shtml
BBC Curriculum Bites: A range of formats to promote critical thinking in RE for
14-16 classrooms. The programming provides a collection of short items ranging
from 3-13 minutes in length. They all aim for a provocative feel, using a wide
range of formats such as animation, mini documentary, drama, talking heads,
engaging.
British Library on-line sacred texts collection: The British Library is one of the
world's great treasure-houses for the study of religions. The holdings include
collections of the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism,
Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism. They range from handwritten
copies (manuscripts) of the scriptures of various religions to an extensive
collection of printed editions, both early and modern http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/about.html
Children Talking: This is a comprehensive and growing database of children’s
responses to 10 questions about faith, life and living. This resource allows
students to explore the opinions of a wide range of young people. Students can
also contribute to the database – http://www.natre.org.uk/db/
CLEO Net: The site of the Regional Broadband Consortia Cumbria and
Lancashire Education Online which provides classroom-focused activities that are
often age independent. A range of activities for KS4 students are available with
extensive use of Flash technology – http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/index.php?
ks=4&cur=15
GCSE RE revision site: A developing site on various areas of the GCSE
curriculum. Covers Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism –
http://www.gcsere.org.uk
Personal story and debates: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/re/
RE lessons on-line: This is a pay site which uses contemporary materials (film
and television) to explore religious themes and ideas –
http://www.relessonsonline.com
The RE site for KS4: This categorizes the areas of learning ‘typical’ for KS4 and
offers these packaged to students to explore further. This can be used for
research, independent learning or for the teachers to find web resource http://ks4.reonline.org.uk/
Religion Facts. A resource for teachers to develop their own knowledge and
understanding of the world’s religions– http://www.religionfacts.com/
Wikipedia: This site’s coverage of religions can be gauged from the figures in
section 2.8.2 (Appendix 3). A gateway for information – www.wikipedia.org or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion
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Ask a Buddhist: Clear Vision runs the schools' service for Manchester Buddhist
Centre. The site answers, ‘some of the commonest questions’ about Buddhism,
which are answered by Buddhists from a range of UK traditions –
http://www.clear-vision.org/Students/AskaBud.aspx
Buddhanet: This site includes a beginners guide to Buddhism, to scriptures and a
graded range of activities for students to learn about Buddhism http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/index.htm
BBC Schools (Buddhism): This site includes information, links, video, images and
graphics for the teacher and the students to mine http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/buddhism/
Buddhist Ethics: An overview of Buddhist ideas about right and wrong http://www.buddhistethics.org/2/rightbib.html
Buddhist Manuscripts: Part of the British Library’s Sacred Texts materials, this
website allows virtual access to the actual sacred scrolls of Buddhism http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/galleries/faith/buddhism.cfm
Buddhamind: Building a Buddhist community in the UK. This site has links to a
range of resources and materials - http://buddhamind.info/
Clear Vision: Another section of the Clear Vision support site for Buddhism. This
site covers beliefs and values, worship and celebration, community and tradition,
living the Buddhist Life, places of worship, Buddhism and the modern world,
scripture and authority and citizenship –
http://www.clear-vision.org/Students/fifsixteen.aspx
A view on Buddhism: A personal exposition on Buddhism, this site covers all the
areas that are likely to be covered at Key Stage 4, or in a GCSE course http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/
(c) Christianity
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BBC Schools (Christianity): One of the family of sites on the BBC schools site.
This text site offers links to other parts of the BBC and external sites as well as an
explanation of Christianity - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/christianity/
Bible Gateway: A free service for reading and researching Scripture online – all in
the language or translation of your choice. They provide advanced tools to search
the Bible by keywords or verse, as well as other tools to enhance your study of the
Bible’ – http://www.Biblegateway.com
Biblos: The Bible and RE – This site is for exploring the Bible. It includes how
various parts of the Bible can be explored in the classroom and a section of tests
and quizzes - http://www.culham.ac.uk/biblos/
From Jesus to Christ: A website looking at the person and the divinity of Jesus http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/
The Iona Community: The website of the Iona community in Scotland –
http://www.iona.org.uk
New Advent Catholic Encyclopaedia: A huge collection of articles on all things
Catholic - http://www.newadvent.org/
REEP: The Religion and the Environment Project: This website explores the links
between Christianity and the Environment. The Religious Education and
Environment Programme provides unusual and thought-provoking resources for
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teachers and learners. REEP specialises in the fields of spirituality, the environment
and religion. The site contains a range of useful activities and links –
http://reep.org.uk
RE Jesus: The site states: ‘Two thousand years after he walked the earth, Jesus of
Nazareth remains one of those most talked-about and influential people who has
ever lived. In the pages that follow, we explore his life, character, teachings and
followers’ - http://www.rejesus.co.uk/
Saints on-line: A collection and encyclopaedia about Saints http://www.catholic.org/saints/
The Taizé Community: The website of the Taizé community in France –
http://www.taize.fr
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BBC Schools (Hinduism): One of the family of sites on the BBC schools site. This
site offers links to other part of the BBC and external sites as well as an explanation
of Hinduism - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/hinduism/
Gujarat Hindu Temple: An interactive resource containing audio, video and textual
materials to explore the Gujarat Temple, as well as a tour of the temple and a series
of RE activities - http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/displayframe.php?
src=200/consultants_resources%2Fre%2Ftemplel%2Findex.htm
Heart of Hinduism (Sacred Books): This is part of the extensive ‘Heart of
Hinduism’ site and is an informative site on the complex issues of Hindu beliefs and
practices - http://hinduism.iskcon.com/tradition/
Hinduism for Schools: This is a collection of resources including an introduction to
Hinduism, a section on Hindu beliefs, on practices, on Philosophy and on the
Bhagavad Gita. The site does not contain pedagogical resources http://www.vivekananda.btinternet.co.uk/ks4.htm
The Hindu Net: This site is written for both young Hindus and those who are
interested in Hinduism. It is a site which explores the life of a Hindu today in the UK
and so offers a contemporary view into the interface of religion, faith and life http://www.hindunet.org/kidsyouth/
(e) Islam
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BBC Schools (Islam): One of the family of sites on the BBC schools site. This site
offers links to other parts of the BBC and external sites as well as an explanation of
Islam - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/
Channel 4 the Hajj: A multimedia presentation and virtual Hajj http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/H/hajj/index.html
Islam 101: A site on Islam with a section on Islamic Theology - http://islam101.net/
Islam at school: A site linked to the GCSE syllabuses for Islam. There is coverage
of GCSE topics and some examination practice materials http://www.islamatschool.org.uk/GC/GCSETopics1.htm
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Islam on-line: This is a forum of questions asked to a variety of Islamic scholars,
and there are answers to explore - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?
cid=1118742803355&pagename=IslamOnline-EnglishAsk_Scholar/Page/FatwaCounselE
Islamicity: A site about the global Islamic community this is a resource to explore
being a Muslim in the world today. Sections on ‘discover Islam’ are suitable for KS4
and there are some AV materials about current issues facing Islam http://www.islamicity.com/
Life of Muhammad timeline: This website from PBS (the US public broadcaster) is
a timeline of the life of Muhammad http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/timeline_html.shtml
(f) Judaism
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BBC Schools (Judaism): One of the family of sites on the BBC schools site. This
site offers rich links to other parts of the BBC and external sites as well as an
explanation of Judaism - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/judaism/
Jewish Manuscripts: Part of the British Libraries Sacred Texts materials. This
website allows virtual access to the sacred scrolls of Judaism http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/galleries/faith/judaism.cfm
Judaism 101: A site on Judaism covering Ideas, People, Places, Things, Words
and Deeds. The site indicates the level of the sections and so this could be used
across Key Stages. It includes sections on What Jews believe, on What is
Judaism? and on some of the key figures- http://www.jewfaq.org/toc.htm
Rabbi Scheinermann’s Jewish Home Page: A personal page from a Jewish
Rabbi exploring a range of issues on questions that he has been asked by Jews
and other people - http://scheinerman.net/judaism/ideas/
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All About Sikhs: The Gateway to Sikhism http://www.allaboutsikhs.com/index.php/
BBC Schools (Sikhism): One of the family of sites on the BBC schools site. This
site offers links to other parts of the BBC and external sites as well as explanation
of Sikhism - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/sikhism/
The Golden Temple at Amritsar: This is a virtual tour of the Golden Temple at
Amritsar. Images and panoramic cameras offer a unique experience for a virtual
tour. Includes AV materials – http://www.sikhs.org/golden
The Sikh Home Page: A set of resources on Sikhism including origin and
development, philosophy and scriptures, introduction, resources and way of life –
http://www.sikhs.org
The Sikh Net: A site about Sikh living today. Gives an insight into the outworking of
a living faith - http://www.sikhnet.com
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The sites below are taken from a range of sources including examination syllabuses for
AS/A2. The sites are those which focus on the teaching of the religions (due to the focus
of this research project) and not the teaching of Ethics or Philosophy of Religion, which
are key topics undertaken by post 16 students.
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BBC religion site: This site provides information on religion and BBC’s
coverage of this, and includes links, video, images and graphics which may be of
use to teachers and students - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/
BBC ethics site: This BBC site directs users to BBC’s coverage of a number of
ethical issues and offers viewpoints from a variety of religious positions –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/
British Library on-line sacred texts collection: The holdings include collections
of the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism,
Jainism and Zoroastrianism. They range from handwritten copies (manuscripts) of
the scriptures of various religions to a collection of printed editions, both early and
modern - http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/about.html
Philtar: Philosophy, Theology and Religion, a wide ranging site useful for 6th form
studies - http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/
The RE site for sixth form: One of the RE Online family, this may be a useful
starting place to find other resources suitable for post 16 study http://post16.reonline.org.uk/
Religion Facts - A resource for teachers to develop their own knowledge and
understanding. It covers a number of the world’s religions –
http://www.religionfacts.com/
Religious Tolerance - An extensive site on the religions of the world developed
by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Their statement of beliefs says
‘We will attempt to overcome our biases on each topic that we describe, by
explaining each point of view carefully, respectfully and objectively’ –
http://www.religioustolerance.org
Sacred Text Archive: A large collection of sacred texts from a wide variety of
traditions - http://www.sacred-texts.com/
The Science and Religion in Schools Site: A site dedicated to developing
understanding between the truth claims of science and those of religion –
http://www.srsp.net
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: A large collection of articles on all
the major traditions, use the search facility to search for articles http://plato.stanford.edu/
Wikipedia: This site’s coverage of religions can be gauged from the figures in
section 2.8.2 (Appendix 3). . – www.wikipedia.org or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion
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A2 level - http://www.accesstoinsight.org/
The Big View: An overview of Buddhism - http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/
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Buddhamind: The site offers information on various aspects of the Theravada
tradition. More specifically, aspects of the Thai forest tradition as it is evolving in
the UK through the monasteries of Ajahn Chah. It is written with the general
reader, teachers and younger students in mind. Pali is the traditional scriptural
language and while several words have been introduced its use has generally
been kept to a minimum – http://www.buddhamind.info
BuddhaSasana: A large collection of Buddhist writings and literature from the
Theravada tradition - http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebidx.htm
Buddhist Ethics: This is the website of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics. The site
interprets ‘ethics’ in a broad sense as including subject matter in ten areas Vinaya
and Jurisprudence, Medical Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Human Rights, Ethics
and Psychology, Ecology and the Environment, Social and Political Philosophy,
Cross-cultural Ethics, Ethics and Anthropology and Interfaith Dialogue on Ethics –
http://www.buddhistethics.org
Buddhist Temples: A large collection of essays and resources on all areas of
Buddhism - http://www.buddhist-temples.com/
Buddhanet: This is a site for all things Buddhist. Sections include a beginner’s
guide to Buddhism, to scriptures and a graded range of activities for students to
learn about Buddhism http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/index.htm
Buddha’s World: A site dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism which includes sections
on Meditation, History, Karma and some literature http://www.katinkahesselink.net/tibet/
Dalai Lama on YouTube: A search for the Dalai Lama on YouTube gives a wide
selection of teaching materials - http://www.youtube.com/results?
search_query=dalai+lama
Illustrated Life of the Buddha: A long essay on the life of the Buddha with
illustrative images - http://orias.berkeley.edu/visuals/buddha/life.html
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: An archive of Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhist
teachings from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive associated with the foundation
for the preservation of Mahayana teachers.
The London Buddhist Vihara: The website of this Theravada Buddhist group the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia - http://www.londonbuddhistvihara.org/
The Lotus Sutra: A site dedicated to this core teaching of the Mahayana Canon http://www.geocities.com/chris_holte/Buddhism/LotusSutra/ see also
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r364h19dXio&feature=related for an audio
version of this.
The Pali Canon: A collection of the Pali Canon translated into English including a
useful Buddhist glossary - http://www.palikanon.com/english/english_web.htm
Pure Land Buddhism: A site on information about this tradition within Buddhism
also known as Amitabha Buddhism - http://www.purelandbuddhism.com/
Suite 101: A collection of articles on Buddhism http://buddhismtaoism.suite101.com/
The New Kadampa Tradition:The International Kadampa Buddhist Union is an
international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres that
follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang
Gyatso- http://kadampa.org/
A view on Buddhism: A site on Buddhism covering philosophy, practice,
symbolism, stories and some key figures. Written from an adherent in the Tibetan
tradition - http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/karma.html
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Vipassana Fellowship: Buddhist meditation in the Theravada tradition including
access to texts on meditation from the Pali Canon - http://www.vipassana.com/
Western Buddhist Review on-line: The Western Buddhist Review (WBR) is a
free to access e-journal concerned primarily with exploring the encounter between
Buddhism and the modern world. It publishes articles, translations and reviews by
both scholars and Buddhist practitioners - http://www.westernbuddhistreview.com/
Wildmind-Buddhist Meditation: A site looking at Buddhist Meditation techniques
- http://www.wildmind.org/meditation
What do you think my friend? A personal view of Buddhism with practising
Buddhists sharing their observations and ideas on their faith http://www.serve.com/cmtan/buddhism/index.html
Wheel of Dharma: A site on Theravada Buddhism that includes sections on the
Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and the Five Precepts http://wheelofdharma.tripod.com/dharmapage/
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All About Religion: A collection of video, audio and textual materials that
compares and contrasts the worlds’ religions with Christianity http://www.allaboutreligion.org/
The Anglican Communion: This is the official website of the Anglican
Communion showing Anglicanism as a worldwide faith of over 80 million
members. It includes information about the countries and member churches of the
communion as well as current issues - http://www.anglicancommunion.org/
Christian Answer Net: This is a conservative Evangelical site and provides
answers to a wide range of questions – http://www.christiananswers.net
The Catholic Encyclopaedia: New Advent is an active Catholic website. As well
as an alphabetical index covering Catholic issues, it includes selected articles http://www.newadvent.org/
Christian Classics Ethereal Library: This is a growing collection of works
pertaining to Christianity. It includes a section on the Early Church Fathers – http://
www.ccel.org
The Iona Community: The website of the Iona Community in Scotland –
http://www.iona.org.uk
Orthodox Christian Information Centre: This is a website dedicated to the
Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Faith - http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/
Peace Heroes: A collection of narratives of Christians who have lived remarkable
lives - http://www.peaceheroes.com/list.htm
RE Jesus: This is a wide ranging site for all things Christian http://www.rejesus.co.uk/
Scrolls from the Dead Sea: This site is a collection from the Library of Congress
and brings a selection from the scrolls. The Library's exhibition describes the
historical context of the scrolls and the Qumran community from whence they may
have originated; it also relates the story of their discovery 2,000 years later. In
addition, the exhibition encourages understanding of the challenges and
complexities connected with scroll research http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/deadsea.scrolls.exhibit/intro.html
Suite 101: A collection of articles on Catholicism - http://catholicism.suite101.com/
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The New Testament Gateway: A web directory of internet resources pertaining
to the New Testament - http://www.ntgateway.com/ The Old Testament
Gateway: A web directory of internet resource pertaining to the Old Testament http://www.otgateway.com/ The Taizé Community: The website of the Taizé
Community in France –
http://www.taize.fr
The Vatican: The website of the Vatican. This site may be useful to anyone
studying Roman Catholicism. It has a library of texts and support materials and
links to the RC position on many ethical issues – http://www.vatican.va
The World Council of Churches: The website of the WCC which brings together
349 different Christian Groups - http://www.oikoumene.org/en/who-are-we.html
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An online Bhagavad-Gita: The purpose of this website is to ‘make the eternal
knowledge of Bhagavad-Gita freely available to everyone all over the Earth’ http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/
Boloji.com: A set of essays and articles on Hinduism http://www.boloji.com/hinduism/index.htm
British Library on-line sacred texts collection: The holdings include important
collections of the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism,
Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism. They range from handwritten
copies (manuscripts) of the scriptures of various religions to a collection of printed
editions, both early and modern http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/about.html
Heart of Hinduism (Sacred Books): This is part of the extensive ‘Heart of
Hinduism’ site hosted by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
(ISKCON), but covering a much wider range of Hindu tradition. The site covers
complex issues of Hindu beliefs and practices http://hinduism.iskcon.com/tradition/
Hinduism for Schools: This is a collection of resources including an introduction
to Hinduism, a section on Hindu beliefs, on practices, on Philosophy and on the
Bhagavad-Gita. The site does not contain pedagogic resources http://www.vivekananda.btinternet.co.uk/ks4.htm
The Hindu Net: This site is written for both young Hindus and those who are
interested in Hinduism. It is a site which explores the life of a Hindu today in the
UK and so offers a contemporary view into the interface of religion, faith and life http://www.hindunet.org/kidsyouth/
Hindusim.co.za: A website from South Africa covering a very wide range of topics
on Hinduism - http://www.hinduism.co.za/
Hindu Council UK: The Hindu Council UK is a national network of Hindu temple
bodies and cultural organisations coordinating all different schools of Hindu
theology within the UK. This is a contemporary site giving a view into the lives of
Hindus in the UK – http://www.hinducounciluk.org
National Council of Hindu temples in the UK: This is the website of the
NCHTUK - http://www.nchtuk.org/
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir London: This is the website of the largest temple
outside of the sub-continent and Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple http://www.mandir.org/
Suite 101: A collection of articles on Hinduism - http://hinduism.suite101.com/
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The Indus Valley Civilisation: 1,169 illustrated pages by leading scholars around
the world of the ancient Indus Civilization. The latest discoveries about Indus
Civilization sites, writing and much more in slide shows and essays http://www.harappa.com/har/har0.html
Vedic Knowledge on-line: A collection of sacred writings on Hinduism http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/index.htm
What is Hinduism? A set of downloadable PDF files on all aspects of Hinduism http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/wfdownloads/viewcat.php?op=&cid=2
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Al Islam: A site full of Islamic resources, related to the history, law, practice, and
society of the Islamic religion and the Muslim peoples, with particular emphasis on
Shi’ah Islamic school of thought. There are sections on discovering Islam,
exploring Shi’ah and Sunni schools of Islam and a library of articles http://www.al-islam.org/
AbdurRahman.org: A range of articles on Islam including belief; hajj; women,
family; money; Hadith and Qur’an - http://abdurrahman.org/
Art Islam: A compendium of Islamic art and art relating to Islam http://www.artislamic.com/
Channel 4 the Hajj: A multimedia presentation and virtual Hajj http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/H/hajj/index.html
Compendium of Muslim Texts: This site contains some information on Islam and
a Qu’ran and Hadith search facility as well as sections on Economics, History,
Human Relationships and Law and a glossary of terms http://www.msawest.net/islam/
Free Minds: A Muslim blog containing a range of articles on Islam and comments
and contributions by faith members - http://www.free-minds.org/
International Association on Sufism: This is the website of the IAS and has a
range of articles on Sufism - http://www.ias.org/articles.html
The Islamic Foundation [Resources]: This is the website of the Islamic
Foundation, which is a centre for education, training, research and publication.
The Foundation seeks to build bridges between Muslims and others, while
promoting high standards of academic research and publications http://www.islamic-foundation.org.uk/resources.html
Islam 101: A site on Islam with a section on Islamic Theology - http://islam101.net/
Islam.com: A range of articles on Islam including a calendar, the Hajj, Mosque,
prayer and a question and answer section http://beta.islam.com/index.php?/Table/Articles/
Islam from Inside: A blog on Islam with a wide range of articles for teaching
including links to a wide range of Islam blogs http://www.islamfrominside.com/index.html
Islamicity: A site about the global Islamic community. Sections on ‘discover Islam’
may be useful for KS4, as well as providing some AV materials about current
issues facing Islam - http://www.islamicity.com/
Islam for Today: A guide to Islam, Muslim history and the rights of women in
Islam as well as sections on Islam in the West and around the world http://www.islamfortoday.com/
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Jannah.org: A very extensive site including a large number of discussion forums
where discussions on topics of importance to Muslims in the UK today take place.
Includes an introductory section (Islam 101), and an on-line translation of the
Qur’an - http://www.jannah.org/
Saints and Mystics: A collection of people regarded as saints which includes
interpretations of the lives of those from other religions http://www.sivanandadlshq.org/saints/saints.htm
Suite 101: A collection of articles on Islam - http://islam.suite101.com/
Submission to God: A collection on articles including the Qur’an, practices and a
section of Quranic perspectives on a range of issues http://www.submission.info/index.html
Ummah Net (Hajj): A series of articles on the Hajj - http://www.ummah.net/hajj/
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Council of Christians and Jews: A website for the dialogue between the
Christian and the Jewish traditions - http://www.ccj.org.uk/
Judaism 101: An introduction to the Jewish faith on a range of topics http://www.jewfaq.org/index.htm
The Jewish Chronicle: This is the website of The Jewish Chronicle, the leading
Jewish newspaper in the UK. This is a topical site showing the lives of Jews in the
UK and offering insights into Jewish living - http://thejc.com/
My Jewish Learning: A collection of articles and support materials on the
teaching of Judaism - http://www.myjewishlearning.com/beliefs.shtml
Shamash: The Jewish Network: This site’s home page indicates that the site
’strives to be the highest quality central point of Jewish information and discussion
on the Internet’. Its mission is to serve Jewish communities, but its varied
information and gateways may also be of interest to those teaching and learning
about Judaism in schools - http://www.shamash.org/
Suite 101: A collection of articles on Judaism - http://judaism.suite101.com/
Torah.org: The Torah Cyberspace Center. A wide selection of Jewish educational
resources, including materials on Law, Ethics, Texts and an ‘Ask the Rabbi’ service
- http://www.torah.org/
Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority http://www.yadvashem.org/
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The Sikh Home Page: A set of resources on Sikhism, including an introduction,
origins and development, philosophy and scriptures, resources and way of life –
http://www.sikhs.org
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of a living faith - http://www.sikhnet.com
 The Sikhi Wiki: A site on Sikhism which covers major aspects of the tradition and
gives a set of resources and links to other sites on Sikhism http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Main_Page
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All about Sikhs: A resource on Sikhism including material on the Gurus, History,
Sikh Way of life, Gurdwaras, Scriptures and links with forums and articles on Sikh
life in the UK today - http://www.allaboutsikhs.com/
Sikh Spirit: A collection of articles on the Sikh faith and latest news on Sikh issues
from news feeds. Includes ideas for use in the classroom and a collection of
poems for all ages. Also includes a Sikh Calendar of festivals and observances –
http://www.sikhspirit.com
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2.3 CD-ROM, DVD and VLE 10materials
Whilst this is a sector that is in reduction, there are still a substantial number of
resources from various producers.
2.3.1 All religions
A Child’s Eye View of Festivals 1: Child’s Eye Media, KS1
This DVD is designed to introduce young children to the festivals of Divali, Eid-ul-Fitr,
Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. The colourful films follow young children through
celebrations at home, in their places of worship and in school.
A Child’s Eye View of Festivals 2: Child’s Eye Media, KS1
This DVD follows children and families through celebrations of a Church of England
Christmas, the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, a Catholic Easter and the Buddhist festival of
Wesak.
A Cultural Heritage GPS Trail & DVD: Bradford Interfaith Centre, KS2 KS3
At www.bradfordschoolsnet this resource is described as a’ A DVD trail of the Little
Horton area of Bradford, focusing on religious diversity, demographic, social and cultural
change’; it is aimed towards upper KS2 and KS3 pupils and envisages cross curricular
use.. The DVD was made with the help of Bradford sixth formers and comes with a CD
ROM for teachers and a GPS interactive satellite trail of the area.
Boardworks: Religions Education http://www.boardworks.co.uk, KS2
A set of teaching materials for RE for use with the interactive whiteboard; 19 fully
interactive modules cover the scheme of work for RE from Year 3 (age 7) to Year 6 (age
11).
Boardworks: Religions Education: http://www.boardworks.co.uk, KS3 KS4
A set of whole class interactive teaching resources closely matched to the QCA schemes
of Work (2004) and offering materials for the whole of Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14)
programme of study. The Key Stage 4 (ages 14 to 16) materials cover Hinduism, Islam,
Christianity and Judaism.
Exploring World Religions: AVP, KS2 KS3
An interactive CD-ROM, offering an insight into Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity,
Judaism, Hinduism and Islam through the eyes of real children as they live their lives by
these faiths. The resource includes places of worship and pilgrimage, people, holy
books, festivals and beliefs, with specially commissioned photographs and audio
interviews.
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Faith and Celebrations: Pupil's CD-ROM: BBC Interactive, KS1
A collection of talking books - one book each for Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism,
Hinduism and Christianity. This CD-Rom contains full narration and text highlighting,
encouraging children to read along. Includes photographs, sound clips and sound effects
accompanying the texts, helping to maintain and develop pupil interest and
understanding. Comprehensive Teacher Options include the tracking of pupils' work.
Find Out About Beliefs and Belonging: BBC Interactive, KS1
This interactive RE resource is intended to help children to develop their knowledge and
understanding of what it means and how it feels to belong to family, friends, and different
groups including faith groups. It then explores the beliefs and behaviour of members of
different faiths often through the voices of children of different faiths to help them
understand the importance of faith and reflect on their own beliefs
Learning about Religion: TTS-Education Group, KS2
This CD-Rom contains six talking reference books focusing on the main world religions
and examines different aspects of each faith. It includes illustrations, photographs, sound
clips and video footage showing people from the different faiths talking about their
beliefs, worship and daily lives.
Life Stories and Creation Stories: Channel 4 Learning, KS2
This compilation of 10 programmes consists of two series, the first looking at the age-old
question of 'How did the World Begin'? – From the religious and secular perspectives.
The second series, considers personal responses to major human and religious issues.
The Living Religions Series: Microbooks, KS3 KS4
A series of DVDs on the worlds’ religions including: Living Islam, Living Sikhism, Living
Judaism, Living Religions - A Primary Resource, Living Hinduism, Living Christianity,
Living Buddhism.
Pathways of Belief: AVP, KS2
This pack which includes DVD, Teacher’s Activity Book and postcards, is intended to
help pupils to understand what it means to be a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or Sikh.
The programmes explore the basic beliefs of each religion, with a child from each faith
acting as a guide.
Quest Animated Faiths: AVP Media, KS2
10 programmes cover: Moses and the Passover Meal, The Life of Christ, The Life of the
Buddha, The Life of Confucius, The Childhood of Krishna, The Ramayana, The Life of
Muhammad, The Conference of the Birds, The Life of Guru Nanak.
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Raise Achievement in RE: World Religions: Robert Powell Publications, KS3
A series of starter and plenary activities for RE including keywords, blockbusters,
dominoes, a question of RE, multiple choice tests and writing tasks.
Religious Studies VLE Content Pack: Birchfield Interactive, KS3
Curriculum content covering 11 areas, all tagged to learning objectives. Over 1,100
SCORM-compliant resources. Compatible with all BECTA-approved and leading virtual
learning platforms. Contains 3-D animation, video footage, text, voiceovers, drag & drop
exercises and multiple choice questions.
Sacred Spaces DVDs: exploring places of worship through object trails: Bradford
Interfaith Centre, KS1 KS2 KS3
Each pack contains one DVD and one CD Rom. The places of worship featured on the
DVDs are the Hanfia Mosque; the Bradford Reform Synagogue; the Kashyapa Buddhist
Centre; the Hindu Cultural Society Mandir; the Ramgarhia Gurdwara and the Roman
Catholic Polish Church. The packs can be used to support visits to places of worship.
Science and Religion in Schools Project: http://www.srsp.net, KS2, KS3-5
An extensive set of support materials for the teaching of science and religion and
supporting Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The resources look at
the inter-relationship between the truth claims of science and those of religions.
Watch: BBC Interactive: DVD: Celebrations, KS1
Five programmes look at festivals and celebrations across five faiths: Christianity, Islam,
Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism. The pack contains all the programmes on DVD,
Teacher's Activity Book, worksheets and a range of colourful pupils' materials.
Watch: BBC Interactive: Interactive e-book: Celebrations, KS1
This interactive E Big Book looks at festivals and celebrations across five faiths:
Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Designed for the whiteboard.
Whiteboard Active: Celebrations and Special Times: CD-ROM: BBC Interactive, KS2
A resource that highlights key annual celebrations and festivals for Christians
(Christmas, Easter, Harvest), Jews (Pesach/Passover, Hanukkah and Purim), Muslims
(Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr) and Hindus (Diwali).
Whiteboard Active: Rites of Passage: CD-ROM: BBC Interactive, KS2
A resource that highlights key rites of passage, rituals and ceremonies that occur at the
key moments of people’s lives. The resource covers Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism,
Islam and Sikhism.
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Whiteboard Active: Worship and Sacred places: CD-ROM: BBC Interactive, KS2
This CD-ROM provides resources for 7-11 year olds, and is intended to encourage
knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, especially as practised
in the UK. It combines the BBC video (with over 40 video clips), with audio, pictures and
interactive activities to make religion accessible and understandable for all children,
whatever their belief or background.
The Wonder Project: Trinity College, Bristol, KS3
Science and Religion supporting Christian, Hindu and Islamic worldviews looking at the
questions of origins. More information from http://www.thewonderproject.org.uk
Worlds of Faith: Channel 4 Learning: CD-ROM (Site Licence available), KS2 KS3
The Worlds of Faith CD-Rom is divided into sections, for 9–11 year olds and 11–14 year
olds. For younger children, the World Religions section provides information on
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Video clips show
religions as they are actually experienced and practised in different countries.
2.3.2 Buddhism
Buddhism: Clear Vision: Articles of Faith, KS2
This resource includes 4 x 20 minute programmes and a teacher’s handbook with
photocopiable materials on DVD. Written by teachers who are Buddhists, it aims to give
a lively and authentic account of Buddhism, introducing the main beliefs and values.
Buddhism Pilgrimage: Clear Vision: Articles of Faith, KS2 KS3
This DVD follows a group of Manchester Buddhists as they visit seven pilgrimage sites
associated with the life of the Buddha, including Bodhgaya, where he gained
enlightenment. Includes a 33-page Teacher’s Handbook in PDF format.
The Life of the Buddha: Clear Vision: Articles of Faith, KS2 KS3
An illustrated cartoon style Life of the Buddha taken from the images in Living Buddhism.
(25 mins). The handbook is on the DVD.
Living Buddhism: Clear Vision: Articles of Faith, KS3
Places of Worship, Buddhism: Birchfield Interactive. (http://www.birchfield.co.uk)
(http://www.birchfield.co.uk, KS3
An examination of Buddhist temples, puja and meditation, this title is laden with
appropriate video-clips and animation, to help pupils to grasp the core principles of
Buddhist worship.
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2.3.3 Christianity
Actual Reality: AR Multimedia / Stapleford Centre CD, KS3 KS4
A contemporary and interactive exploration of Christianity and its distinctive answers to
major life questions (self-esteem, life and death, racism, suffering). Includes lesson plans
and links to the curriculum. The main interactive section is in the form of a labyrinth and
brings a different aspect of the Christian faith to life with video, music and animation.
www.actualreality.org.uk includes additional resources.
Christianity Unpacked: RE Quest, KS1 KS2 KS3
Thirty-four topics are introduced by a power point presentation with videos, spoken
commentary and questions to stimulate class discussion. They are followed up by
discussion-based group work and thinking skills activities. Topics covered include,
What's it like to be a Christian? Celebrations (which looks at Christian weddings,
funerals, festivals, art, symbols etc.) and Key Teachings of Jesus. See
www.request.org.uk/teachers/resources/offer.htm for more information
Christianity - Faiths & Beliefs: Birchfield Interactive (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS3
Contains an overview of Christian beliefs, practices and philosophy, this title provides a
historical context for Biblical events.
FaithQuest - Exploring Christianity: Church in Wales Publications, KS2 KS3 KS4
This is a Multimedia presentation of Christian faith and teaching. It starts with the
exploration of an Anglican Church in the Catholic tradition, but also includes coverage of
Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox beliefs and practices, with articles relating to all the
major denominations. Commentary is designed to be objective, offering a neutral
theological viewpoint. It covers a number of aspects of Christian worship and
sacramental life, with video clips of all the major Christian sacraments, filmed in different
denominations, so allowing comparison.
Dottie and Buzz: Culham: Articles of Faith, KS1
Young children can explore the real world and its emotions with Dottie and Buzz, two
child-size puppets. The series covers most aspects of the curriculum learning
requirements of the QCA model syllabuses (Early Years and Key Stage 1) and presents
RE and Christianity in child- friendly context balancing implicit and explicit Christian
strands and themes. Titles are Belonging; Creation; Baptism; Wide World; Forgiving.
The Life of Jesus: Channel 4 Learning, KS1
These programmes use animation to tell stories of key moments in the life of Christ,
making an ideal introduction to the story of Jesus. Subjects covered are: The First
Christmas, Jesus the Storyteller, Jesus the Miracle-Worker, Jesus the Healer and The
First Easter
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The Miracle Maker: Articles of Faith, KS2
The Life of Jesus in ‘claymation’ (clay animation). School resources for using the film in
RE are available from the Bible Society website - www.Biblesociety.org.uk/l3.php?id=229
Places of Worship, Christianity: Birchfield Interactive (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS2
This title provides an introduction to the Christian place of worship. Pupils can explore a
3-D churchyard as well as the inside and outside of a church.
Places of Worship, Christianity: Birchfield Interactive. (http://www.birchfield.co.uk),
KS3
A resource for lesson delivery and revision sessions, this title uses animation and other
multimedia resources to look in detail at Christian places of worship, supplemented by a
wide selection of activities.
Raise Achievement in RE: Christianity: Robert Powell Publications, KS3
A series of starter and plenary activities for RE including keywords, blockbusters,
dominoes, a question of RE, multiple choice tests and writing tasks.
Watch: BBC Interactive: Interactive e-book: Christianity, KS1
This interactive E-Big Book looks at three important Christian themes - gifts, friends and
followers. Designed for whiteboard this E Big Book is designed to be easy to use and
from the child's point of view.
Virtual Visits Religious Education: Christianity: Pearson Publishing, KS2 KS3
The CD-ROM is tailored to the QCA Model Syllabuses, particularly addressing AT1:
Learning about religions. Students can explore key objects, places, people, and events
and learn about the beliefs, practices and values of the faith community. Contents
include: The Anglican Church, The Baptist Church, The Catholic Church, Churches,
Christian beliefs, Christian worship, Christian calendar. Viewed through a standard web
browser, the CD provides explanatory text; comments from leaders; photos; sounds;
multiple choice questions; worksheets and maps.
2.3.4 Hinduism
iPoster: Being a Hindu: BBC Interactive, KS2
With a strong focus on both RE attainment targets - learning from and learning about
religion - this CD-ROM based resource provides an insight into the way of life for the
Hindu faith. It explores key aspects of living life as a member of this faith today. iPoster is
a range of interactive posters for use with whiteboard. Children can explore different
aspects of the poster through a series of on-screen hot spots, creating an active
approach to learning.
Places of Worship, Hinduism: Birchfield Interactive. (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS3
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A guide to Hindu places of worship, this title examines the people, objects and
symbolism of Hinduism and worship in, the Mandir. Activities and exercises are provided
throughout.
Virtual Visits Religious Education: Hinduism: Pearson Publishing, KS2 KS3
The CD-ROM is tailored to the QCA Model Syllabuses, particularly addressing AT1:
Learning about religions. Students can explore key objects, places, people, and events
and learn about the beliefs, practices and values of the faith community. Contents
include: The Mandir, Hindu beliefs, Hindu worship and the Hindu calendar. Viewed
through a standard web browser, the CD provides explanatory text; comments from
leaders; photos; sounds; multiple choice questions; worksheets and maps.
2.3.5 Islam
Islam - Faiths & Beliefs: Birchfield Interactive. (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS3
Containing a wide range of multimedia resources, this title is designed to challenge
pupils' knowledge and understanding of the Islamic faith. Can be used for whole-class
teaching or as an individual resource, giving an overview of Islamic beliefs, festivals,
rites of passage and worship.
iPoster: Being a Muslim: BBC Interactive, KS2
With a focus on both RE attainment targets - learning from and learning about religion this CD-ROM based resource provides an insight into the Muslim way of life. iPoster is a
range of interactive posters for the whiteboard. Children can explore different aspects of
the poster through a series of on-screen hot spots.
Places of Worship, Islam: Birchfield Interactive. (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS2
This resource is aimed at developing pupils' awareness of Islam. Pupils can explore the
inside and outside of a mosque, learning about how the Muslim community uses this
building.
Places of Worship, Islam: Birchfield Interactive, KS3
This provides an analysis of the mosque, its people, artefacts and functions.
Understanding Islam: AVP, KS3 KS4
Based on the works of Harun Yahya.
Vol 1: Contains 2 programmes: The Names Of Allah, and Allah Is Known Through
Reason. Based on the works of Harun Yahya. (Run Time 89 mins.)
Vol 2: Contains 2 programmes: The Miracle In The Cell, and The Miracle Of
Respiration. Based on the works of Harun Yahya. (Run Time 80 mins.)
Vol 3: Contains 2 programmes: The End Times And The Mahdi, and The Signs of The
Last Day. Based on the works of Harun Yahya. (Run Time 89 mins.)
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Vol 4: Contains 2 programmes: Love And Cooperation In Living Things, and Altruism In
Nature. Based on the works of Harun Yahya. (Run Time 89 mins.)
Vol 5: Contains 2 programmes: The Miracle Of The Ant, and The Miracle Of The Seed.
Based on the works of Harun Yahya. (Run Time 89 mins.)
Virtual Visits Religious Education - Visit 1: Islam: Pearson Publishing, KS2 KS3
The CD-ROM is tailored to the QCA Model Syllabuses, particularly addressing AT1:
Learning about religions. Students can explore key objects, places, people, and events
and learn about the beliefs, practices and values of the faith community. Contents
include: The Mosque, Islamic beliefs, Islamic worship, and The Islamic calendar. Viewed
through a standard web browser, the CD provides explanatory text; comments from
leaders; photos; sounds; multiple choice questions; worksheets and maps.
2.3.6 Judaism
Holocaust Pack and CD ROM: Bradford Interfaith Centre, KS4
A pack of information, lesson plans, activities and a CD ROM. The focus is on citizenship
and RE, but the pack has potential for use across the curriculum
Judaism - Faiths & Beliefs: Birchfield Interactive. (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS3
This provides a comprehensive overview of Jewish beliefs, history, practices, philosophy
and festivals.
Jewish Way of Life: The Pears Foundation, KS2 KS3
This is a free CD-ROM for schools aimed primarily at Key Stage 2, although much of the
material may be used with Key Stages 1 and 3 and can be modified to suit pupils of
different ages and aptitudes. The resource fulfils the statutory requirements of local
Agreed Syllabuses for RE and matches the non-statutory National Framework for RE; it
also matches the requirements of some syllabuses for Judaism used by denominational
schools. It provides information about Judaism that reflects the diversity of the Jewish
community and is suitable for interactive white boards and individual or networked
computers. Could be used for whole-class, group and individual learning. For more
information see www.jwol.org.uk.
Places of Worship, Judaism: Birchfield Interactive (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS2
This CD-ROM provides an engaging introduction to the Jewish religion and methods of
worship. Pupils can explore the inside of a synagogue, clicking on different items and
areas to discover their significance and meaning. They can also learn about key figures,
different forms of worship and artefacts associated with the Jewish faith.
Places of Worship, Judaism: Birchfield Interactive (http://www.birchfield.co.uk, KS3
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This introduction to Jewish places of worship looks at the history and role of the
synagogue, the items used in Jewish worship plus Orthodox and Reform Judaism. There
are activities and exercises for pupils.
Virtual Visits Religious Education: Judaism: Pearson Publishing, KS2 KS3
The CD-ROM is tailored to the QCA Model Syllabuses, particularly addressing AT1:
Learning about religions. Students can explore key objects, places, people, and events
and learn about the beliefs, practices and values of the faith community. Contents
include: The Orthodox Synagogue, The Reform Synagogue, Jewish beliefs, and Jewish
worship and the Jewish calendar. Viewed through a standard web browser, the CD
provides explanatory text; comments from leaders; photos; sounds; multiple choice
questions; worksheets and maps.
2.3.7 Sikhism
Places of Worship, Sikhism: Birchfield Interactive (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS3
This can be used as a whole-class, group or individual teaching tool; it examines aspects
of Sikh places of worship including the Gurdwara, the Guru Granth Sahib and the
Langar.
Sikhism - Faiths & Beliefs: Birchfield Interactive (http://www.birchfield.co.uk), KS3
This title examines the origins, beliefs, daily lives, ceremonies and festivals of Sikhs via a
variety of multimedia resources.
Virtual Visits Religious Education: Sikhism: Pearson Publishing, KS2 KS3
The CD-ROM is tailored to the QCA Model Syllabuses, particularly addressing AT1:
Learning about religions. Students can explore key objects, places, people, and events
and learn about the beliefs, practices and values of the faith community. Contents
include: The Gurdwara, Sikh beliefs, Sikh worship, and The Sikh calendar. Viewed
through a standard web browser, the CD provides explanatory text; comments from
leaders; photos; sounds; multiple choice questions; worksheets and maps.
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2.4 Television and Film
2.4.1 Television and Radio
TV programmes remain a valuable resource for teaching about religions; TV on
demand and Radio on demand from the BBC iPlayer service (www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer)
have changed the way that TV and Radio may be accessed as have the podcasting
provision of a number of radio services and the download options for some TV channels.
The main providers of TV are the BBC and Channel 4.
Culham’s What’s on website at http://www.culham.ac.uk/tvr/listing.html provides teachers
with a listing of all the TV and Radio programmes with Religious Education content in a
given week. Also BBC Radio 4 has a religions page
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/religion/) which gives details of programmes and access to
missed programmes via its ‘listen again’ service, or via its iPlayer service:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_four/religion_and_ethics
Other starting points for identifying BBC programmes include the iPlayer page for
religion and ethics (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/categories/religion_and_ethics) which
lists all the BBC programmes available in this category and the BBC Schools Radio site
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/religiouseducation/)
Channel 4 is now selling resources via its link with Espresso education (See Section 2)
The materials available on the BBC and Channel 4 over the period of the audit were
shown as follows:
From the BBC for Primary (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/guide/primary/ - then click on
RE) the following were available:
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Watch: Faith Stories (Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam) aimed at
children 5-7, duration 15 mins.
Pathways of belief (Christianity: Easter, the Bible, the church, creation, Jesus)
aimed at children 7-9, duration 15 mins.
Pathways of belief (Qur’an: Today and Revelation) aimed at children aged 7-9,
duration 20 mins.
Watch: Christianity aimed at children aged 5-7, duration 15 mins.
Watch: Celebrations (Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism) aimed at children
aged 5-7, duration 15 mins.
From the BBC for Secondary (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/guide/secondary/ - then click
on RE) the following were available:
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Taking Issue (Does God Exist, Euthanasia, Identity and Belonging, Life after
death, Reconciliation, Right or Wrong, Sex before marriage, Vegetarianism,
Wealth and Poverty) aimed at children 11-16, duration 20 mins.
The RE collection: (Forgiveness, War and Peace) aimed at children 11-18,
duration 30 mins.
The Test of time: (Commitment, Forgiveness, Peace, Money) aimed at children
14-18, duration 30 mins.
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The belief file (Buddhism: an introduction) aimed at children 11-16, duration 20
mins.
The belief file (Hinduism: Family, God, The world) aimed at children 11-16,
duration 20 mins.
The belief file (Issues: Belief and Abortion, Genetics, Sexuality, Suffering, death
of Diana) aimed at children 14-18, duration 20 mins.
The belief file (Judaism: God, Torah, The family) aimed at children 11-16,
duration 20 mins.
The belief file (Sikhism: Commitment and diversity, Tolerance and Equality)
aimed at children 11-16, duration 20 mins.
Curriculum Bites: Challenging Faith: Age 11-14. Varied materials which look at
moral and ethical dilemmas, with contributions from believers of Christianity,
Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism as well as non-believers.
There is also a section devoted to students with special educational needs.
Curriculum Bites: Challenging Faith: Age 14-16: Age 14-16. A collection of
materials that include a look at comedy and religion, swapping faiths, moral,
ethical and spiritual questions and how to find peaceful places for meditation or
prayer in busy lives. A section of the programme is devoted to students with
special educational needs.
The BBC also provides its ‘Learning Zone’ on-demand service
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/). In the primary section there are programmes
on The Christian Bible, Easter, Islam, The Old Testament and Worship and Faith Stories;
in the Secondary Section there are resources on Expressing Spirituality, Beliefs and
Concepts, Beliefs and Actions in the World, Ethics and Relationships and Religion and
Science.
From Channel 4 for Primary
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Stop, Look, Listen (Animated Bible Stories) aimed at children 4-6, duration 10
mins.
From Channel 4 for Secondary
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Faith in Action (The Strength to Quit: Combating Drug Addiction Through Faith
(UK), With Hope and Help: Monks Combating AIDS (Thailand), Sacred Nature:
Protecting the Environment (India), The Perfect Baby? The Right to Birth - Even
of the 'Abnormal' (UK) Peace Warriors: Combating Religious Intolerance (India))
aimed at children 14-16, duration 30 mins.
Worlds of Faith (Elephant God, Bar Mitzvah Boys, Making of a Monk, Flowers in
May, Russian Rites, Caribbean Christmas, Sacrifice to Allah, The Golden
Temple, Living in the Dreamtime, Faith in the Future) aimed at children 11-16,
duration 30 mins.
Channel 4 also provides its ‘4oD’ on-demand service (http://www.channel4.com/4od)
Teachers TV: Is a fast growing resource bank of materials on a range of subjects and
areas. A complete list of TTV programmes up to November 2008, at the time of writing,
could be found: http://www.mmiweb.org.uk/mmisite/teacherstv.html
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As well as programmes on Religion, there is material which overlaps with both the
Citizenship and the Community Cohesion agenda on Channel 4
(http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/clipbank/subjects/subject_cpshe.html) and on
the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/citizenship).
It is also important to understand that resources on-line, and via cable and satellite, to
which more and more schools have access, are also available from a wide range of
world-wide sources on video (see section 4 for some of the resource sites used for Video
for RE). Thus there is access to TV programmes from a range of cultures and societies.
Many of these are broadcast in English.
2.4.2 Film
Film is another medium which can be of use to the RE teacher; some guidelines for
using film in relation to faith can be found on the website of The North-East Religious
Learning Resources Centre (http://www.resourcescentreonline.co.uk/film-and-faith.html)
There are two main types of film that could be used in the classroom – overtly religious
films that tell the narrative of particular people, events or places and secular films which
RE teachers can use to make RE teaching points. The following is a short list of
examples:
(a) Overtly religious films:
i. Amazing Grace (2006) – the story of William Wilberforce
ii. Amistad (1997) – A story of slavery
iii. Dead men walking (1995) – Questions around capital punishment
iv. Jesus of Nazareth (1986) – The story of Jesus
v. The Messenger (1976) – The Life of Muhammed
vi. Gandhi (1982) – The life of Gandhi
vii. Trembling before G-d (2004) – Examining problems of being gay and
Jewish
(b) Secular films for making RE teaching points
i. Anita and Me (2002) – A Sikh girl growing up in the black country
ii. Bend it like Beckham (2002) – Growing up religious in West London
iii. Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – Racism is South America
iv. Gattaca (1997) – Genetic Engineering
v. Meet Joe Black (1998) – Death and life after death
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2.5 YouTube
YouTube deserves a special mention, as it is such a fast growing resource bank of
materials for all areas of teaching and learning. Whilst it is not the only resource bank of
video materials, there is a vast collection of religious video on the site and this can be
categorised into three main types:
(a) Video from commercial companies or professional producers
(b) Video from faith communities
(c) Video from individual believers or those with an interest in the questions asked.
Of course, websites can be crafted by anybody, anywhere, without any of the editorial or
production values of more traditional resources, and considerable care needs to be
taken when selecting or using them. One video posted on YouTube – at the time of
writing it had had over 10 million hits – quotes various statistics to create a picture of the
rapid Islamicisation of Europe, making claims such as ‘in just 39 years, France will be an
Islamic republic’. The video has been replied to by the Radio 4 programme ‘More or
Less’, which deals with issues raised by the use and misuse of statistics. The ‘More or
Less’ programme has posted its own video on YouTube showing how the ‘Muslim
Demographics’ video completely misuses statistics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=mINChFxRXQs The overall conclusion from this, is that videos need to be checked
out for accuracy and balance before classroom use is contemplated.
Below is just a tiny sample of the kinds of video that were available on YouTube on the
six principal religions at the time of writing this report. There is an attempt to give an
indicative sample of the range of materials in this selection. All the materials chosen
have been rated by viewers at 4 (from 5) stars, or better, but, of course, this is no
guarantee of accuracy or balance. The notation system is: Name (Duration of Video in
mins: seconds) Link (Number of views).
2.5.1 Buddhism:
20,600 videos available (Dec 15th, 2008)
Discovering Buddhism (03:52) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AJAokwMG7o4
(114,714)
Introduction to Buddhism (04:47) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=V35UUVs5t60
(33,280)
Buddhism in a Global Age of Technology (57:12) -http://uk.youtube.com/watch?
v=cX2f6QHkU-I (20,710)
Buddhist Prostrations (03:05) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Na7Zd_g7xVY (23,436)
Buddhism 101 (07:32) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KGLIroC6ewY (11,210)
The Four Noble Truths (05:53) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=arDPPvbmU0Y (15,076)
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2.5.2 Christianity:
491,000 videos available (Dec 15th, 2008)
The Future of Christianity (02:30) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SULiBmPvB2A
(4,469)
Bart sells his soul (02:07) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vmyzBPeDSrY (13,188)
Jesus as Superman (04:27) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DdvcNzbPjXs (1,612)
Good Samaritan – Aachan Solvitz (08:43) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?
v=3yRLfCYzQkc (3,437)
Theism to Christianity C.S.Lewis (07:37) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?
v=ZS3thuSHUYg (45,639)
My Testimony (09:16) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CMAoM4lppLU (6,311)
Baby Got Book (04:21) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tTYr3JuueF4 (977,938)
2.5.3 Hinduism:
7,360 videos available (Dec 15th, 2008)
Gaining a Better Understanding of Hinduism (09:29) –
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-lEH0D2hqjc (7,561)
Hinduism – An introduction (09:04) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RKE7enkhZyo
(89,172)
Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita (03:54) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?
v=ij9LmDxKbNY (69,432)
Survey on Hindus in UK (BBC) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-FOQlXCvsqk (7,260)
Performing Puja (04:18) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dWbZuXszMKc (4,456)
2.5.4 Islam:
291,000 videos available (Dec 15th, 2008)
A 5 minutes introduction to Islam (04:55) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHujiWd49l4
(570,032)
Should Muslims be allowed to wear veils in school? (05:02) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cYhhKk8bI8w (2,272)
The story of the prophet Muhammad (10:00) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?
v=XJMlgmwHN9E (16,082)
Preparing for the Hajj (02:48) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=J4nfycGHnK8 (13,004)
The five pillars of Islam (05:53) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=V_cOjExzsWQ (852)
2.5.5 Judaism:
11,200 videos available (Dec 15th, 2008)
What are the basics of Judaism (04:07) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=Mo7jHCd35js (3,755)
The Shema (01:52) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiJk9tf4jZU (44,008)
The Western Wall (02:35) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_22cCAnw7oo (14,266)
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How to put on your Tefillin (03:41) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC_UUNWbXa0
(12,293)
Maimonides (05:33) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzPJs_gQfMk (2,358)
2.5.6 Sikhism:
3,780 videos available (Dec 15th, 2008)
Introduction to Sikhism (05:29) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLUQHJ9bMe0
(32,199)
Simple introduction to the 5 K’s (01:00) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=_HXUlpldBLM (10,532)
The Sikh way of life (06:55) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98eN2Xnn_fE (15,556)
Why am I am Sikh? (15:17) -http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=E8ZzHd2l4QQ&feature=related (19,994)
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2.6 Evaluation Criteria for looking at websites
As indicated above, in a world of ‘easily available’ resources, it is important that teachers
and students are able to become critical evaluators of materials. Below are some key
questions to ask about an electronic resource.
2.6.1 Authenticity / Credibility
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Where does the site come from?
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Who is sponsoring / paying for the site? Is this a religious / secular
organisation? Does this have an impact on the content?
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Who is the author (individual or group) is this obvious? Does this have an
impact on the content?
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What is the bias of the site (they all have one) and is this obvious / stated?
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What is the academic credibility of the site?
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Does it attribute sources?
o
Does it cite evidence?
o Does it include a bibliography/webography?
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When was the site last updated? Does this matter?
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Is the site acceptable in terms of gender, creed, race, sexuality, age, values
2.6.2 Content
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How does the content of this site fit into your syllabus (aims, objectives,
outcomes)?
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Which age / year group is it suitable for?
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What RE might be better taught using this site?
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What tasks can you set?
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How would they be assessed?
How is this website better than another resource (DVD, video, textbook,
artefact)?
o
What range of content does the site offer (e.g. text, AV, animations,
assessment)?
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Is the readability suitable for the age group that the material is aimed at?
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Is the content of the website accurate (how do you know?)
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Is the content free from bias, or is the site honest about its bias?
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Is the content up-to-date [does this matter?]?
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2.6.3 Navigation
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Is the structure of the resource, and what it contains, obvious?
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Can you get back where you came from, and to the home page, easily and
from within the site?
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Does the site have a search engine – how useful / effective is it?
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Does the site direct you to other sites – is it obvious when this has
happened?
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Is there a good balance of text, space and image?
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Multi-media usage?
Does the resource require you to download / install any software / plug-ins? If so is this
easy/obvious?
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2.7 References
DCSF, (2007) Guidance on the duty to promote community cohesion, DSCF: London.
Hopkins, P. (2009) A survey of teachers’ opinions, REsource, the journal of National
Association of Teachers of Religious Education, 32 (1), 11-13.
Jackson, R., Ipgrave, J., Hayward, M., Hopkins, P., Fancourt, N., Robbins, M., Francis,
L. & McKenna, U. (2010) Materials used to Teach about World Religions in English
Schools, London, DCSF.
Jansen, B. & Spink, A. (2006) Teachers use of on-line sources, Information Processing
& Management, Volume 42, Issue 1, January 2006, pp 248-263.
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Appendices
Appendix 1: Publishers of Books Listed in the Audit
PUBLISHER
ATLANTIC
EUROPE
PUBLISHING CO
LTD:
CURRICULUM
VISIONS
WEB ADDRESS
http://www.curriculumvisions.com/uk
BADGER
www.badger-publishing.co.uk
DORLING
KINDERSLEY
http://www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk
EDEXCEL
[PEARSON
GROUP]
EVANS
FOLENS
COMMENT
Primary books; also
subscription website
with resources to
enhance published
series.
Reception to Year 6
scheme for RE; KS3
series and books for
GCSE.
Information books; very
small number on
religions. KS2/3.
Exam board which has
moved into publishing
its own resources for
some curriculum areas.
www.edexcel.com
www.evansbooks.co.uk
Information books; lists
for early years, primary
and secondary. Some
overlaps across Key
Stages.
www.folens.com
Programmes for KS1/2
and 3; GCSE
resources; SEN and
G&T resources. Visual
resources.
FRANCES
LINCOLN
www.franceslincoln.com
FRANKLIN WATTS
www.franklinwatts.co.uk
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Story materials on
festivals appropriate for
KS1,other ‘occasional’
books & stories
Information books on
religion(s) for KS1 &
KS2.
HEINEMANN
www.heinemann.co.uk
[PEARSON
GROUP]
[www.pearsonschoolsandcolleges.co.uk]
HEINEMANN
LIBRARY
www.heinemannlibrary.co.uk
HODDER
EDUCATION
www.hoddereducation.co.uk
KINGFISHER
(imprint of
Pan Macmillan)
Catalogues of children’s books can be
downloaded from:
www.panmacmillan.com
LIONHUDSON
www.lionhudson.com
NATIONAL
GEOGRAPHIC
Listed books available from Articles of Faith:
www.articlesoffaith.co.uk
NELSON
THORNES
www.nelsonthornes.com
OXFORD
http://www.oup.com/oxed/secondary/re
Secondary textbooks/
materials from KS3
through to AS/A level.
Information books on
religions, and story
series - early years
through to KS3
Secondary textbooks
and support materials
from KS3 through to
AS/A level.
Extensive fiction and
non-fiction catalogue;
one small series on
religions.
Christian publisher;
information books.
Extensive story
collection e.g. re- telling
of biblical story/ies
KS2 information books
on festivals around the
world
Older primary scheme
available; secondary
books KS3, GCSE and
AS/A level.
Small collection KS3 &
GCSE. No very recent
developments.
Textbooks for GCSE
and AS/A level. Also
magazine for students,
and conferences.
PHILIP ALLAN
www.philipallan.co.uk
QED
http://www.qed-publishing.co.uk
Story & information
books on religion at
primary level.
www.retoday.org.uk
Wide variety of
materials serving RE at
all levels; regular series
for primary and
secondary teachers.
RE TODAY
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RHINEGOLD
www.rhinegold.co.uk
RMEP (Imprint of
SCM - Canterbury
Press)
www.rmep.co.uk
ROUTLEDGE
www.routledge.com/religion
SCHOLASTIC
www.scholastic.co.uk
STAPLEFORD
CENTRE
www.stapleford-centre.org
TICK TOCK MEDIA
LTD.
www.ticktock.co.uk
Information books,
religious story collection
for primary schools.
USBORNE
www.usborne.co.uk
Reference books – very
few on religion. Also
storybooks, not RE.
WAYLAND
www.waylandbooks.co.uk
Extensive list of
information books on
religion(s) KS1 / KS2
WELSH NATIONAL
RE CENTRE
http://wncre/bangor.ac.uk
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Materials for AS/A level
Extensive catalogue,
mixed media and cross
phase. Many older
series. Well known for
Faith in Action’
biographies.
Not a publisher of RE
books as such, but
occasional book
published for AS/A
level.
Programmes (mixed
media) for KS1 & KS2
RE for teacher to use
and various packs on
selected festivals for
primary schools.
Centre of Association of
Christian Teachers,
regular series for
teachers and pupil
resources at all Key
Stages; print, CD-ROM
and web based
resources.
Established Centre in
Bangor; resources
published from time to
time.
Appendix 2: Resource Sites for ‘Ready Made’ or Partially Made Web
Materials:
(a) Materials for teachers of RE to download
There are a number of sites in the UK that provide materials for teachers of RE to
download and use in the classroom.
Culham: A collection of websites for RE materials, the key ones for this remit are:
Refuel: http://www.refuel.org.uk/
REOnline: http://www.reonline.org.uk
Storykeepers: http://www.culham.ac.uk/storykeepers/
Cumbria and Lancashire Education On-line: http://www.cleo.net.uk/. Includes a collection
of video and interactive resources for RE at Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Covers all the
major religions.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
Original units of work for KS 1and 2:
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/schemes2/religion/?view=get
Original units of work for KS3:
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/schemes2/secondary_RE/?view=get
New units of work for Foundation, and KS 1, 2 and 3:
http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_12133.aspx
The Teachers’ Resource Exchange
A resource-sharing site that is moderated, but onto which teachers can load resources;
this can be accessed at: http://www.tre.ngfl.gov.uk/
Searches for some key RE terms on this website gives the following results:
By Key Stage:
Foundation: 6 results
Key Stage 1: 25 results
Key Stage 2: 50 results
Key Stage 3: 81 results
Key Stage 4:162 results
Post 16:
10 results
By religion:
Buddhism: 3 results
Christianity: 58 results
Hinduism: 14 results
Islam:
10 results
Judaism:
5 results
Sikhism:
4 results
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The Times Educational Supplement: Resource Bank
A resource sharing site operated by the TES: http://www.tes.co.uk/resourcehub.aspx
By Key Stage:
Foundation: 45 results
Key Stage 1: 117 results
Key Stage 2: 223 results
Key Stage 3: 292 results
Key Stage 4: 136 results
Post 16:
46 results
By religion:
Buddhism: 39 results
Christianity: 136 results
Hinduism:
41 results
Islam:
58 results
Judaism:
21 results
Sikhism:
19 results
Multiverse: - A website for teacher educators and student teachers addressing the
educational achievement of pupils from diverse backgrounds:
http://www.multiverse.ac.uk/
The Teacher Training Resource Bank: The TTRB provides access to the research &
evidence base informing teacher education. All materials are quality assured through a
rigorous process of academic scrutiny and monitoring undertaken by a team of expert
teacher educators: http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/
TeacherNet: A collection of ideas and resource from a range of government sources:
http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/resourcematerials/Resources/index.cf
m
Search by Key Stage:
Foundation: 4 resources
Key Stage 1: 34 resources
Key Stage 2: 54 resources
Key Stage 3: 58 resources
Key Stage 4: 52 resources
Post 16:
0 resources
Local Authorities and SACREs
There are also many Local Authorities or SACREs which have websites which offer
support materials for the teaching of RE for their Locally Agreed Syllabuses, some of
these are:
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The Belfast Education and Library Board:
http://www.belb.org.uk/teachers/reIntroduction.asp?ddid=177
The Birmingham Grid for Learning: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/index.cfm?
s=1&m=300&p=177,index
The Bradford Grid for Learning: http://www.ngfl.ac.uk/re/
Ealing Grid for Learning:
http://www.egfl.org.uk/categories/teaching/curriculum/subjects/re/re_curric/
East Riding of Yorkshire: http://www.eriding.net/re/
East Sussex:
https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/teachinglearning/curriculum/religiouseducation/Pages/m
ain.aspx
Essex: http://www.e-gfl.org/index.cfm?s=1&m=249&p=21,index&zs=n
Hertfordshire: http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/re/
Isle of White: http://eduwight.iow.gov.uk/curriculum/foundation/re/
Kirklees: http://www.kirklees-ednet.org.uk/subjects/re/
Lewisham: http://www.lgfl.net/lgfl/leas/lewisham/communities/Religious
%20Education/resources/homepage/home/
The Lighthouse for education: North-East Lincolnshire: http://tlfe.org.uk/re/
Redbridge: http://www.redbridgerenet.co.uk/
Somerset and North Somerset: http://schools.somerset.gov.uk/re_sows/
Staffordshire Learning Net:
http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ReligiousEducation/
(b) School Sites
A growing number of schools are also placing resources on-line. Whilst many are
developing resource collections on the school network, the virtual learning environment
or on the school website some are placing materials on the internet. Some of these are:
All Saints School, Dorset: http://www.allsaints.dorset.sch.uk/Learningzone/RE/RE
%20Revision%20Site/regcsesite.htm
Buxton Community College: http://www.religiousstudies.co.uk/
Campbell College RE department: http://rewebsite.moonfruit.com
Cordeaux School: http://www.world-faiths.com/index.htm
Coxhoe Primary School: http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/Curriculum/RE.htm
The Fitzwilliam School: http://www.fitzwimarc.org.uk/
The Knights Templar School: http://www.rekts.freeservers.com/GUIDE.html
Queen Elisabeth Humanities College:
http://www.queenelizabeth.hereford.sch.uk/curriculum/re.htm
Robert Hitcham Primary School: http://www.educhurch.org.uk/
Arnewood School: http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm
Thorpe Saint Andrews: http://thorpe-st-andrewhigh.co.uk/Students/RE/index.html
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Appendix 3: Sample searches on Google
It is worth considering the numbers of resources that appear in sample Google searches
on common RE terms and the number of hits on these returns. All these searches were
undertaken on December 15th, 2008. Each search also indicates the first hit. This is
important given the research on how students and teachers use search engines11
 Atheist – 12,800,000 hits
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism
 Buddha – 26,000,000 hits
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha
 Buddhist – 18,800,000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
 Buddhism – 16,000,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
 Christian – 388,000,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian
 Christianity – 56,000,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity
 Baptist – 39,200,000http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptist
 Methodist – 20,900,000
http://www.methodist.org.uk/
 Roman Catholic –
8,930,000http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Church
 Catholic – 87,800,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic
 Unitarian – 3,320,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarians
 Quaker – 7,830,000 http://www.quaker.org.uk/
 Salvation Army – 5,300,000
http://www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/
 Islam – 128,000,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam
 Jewish – 76,500,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew
 Judaism – 17,200,000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism
 Muslim – 64,700,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim
 Shi'ah – 226,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi'a
 Sunni – 6,490,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunni
 Hindu – 28,300,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism
 Hinduism – 9,040,000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu
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 Sikh – 4,890,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhs
 Sikhism – 1,240,000
http://www.sikhs.org/
Jansen and Spink (2006)
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This evidence points to the dominance of the Wikipedia website for those searching for
information.
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Appendix 4: Religious Education Resource Centres
There are a number of RE resource centres that provide a variety of on-line services to
their communities. Some of these are for members, some for the public and some for
both. I have included below those which, at the access date, offered RE support
materials. As well as these many Local Authorities and dioceses operate resource
centres.
The National Federation of RE centres - http://www.recentres.org.uk/
Welsh National Centre for Religious Education (Bangor) - http://www.bangor.ac.uk/rs/pt/
wncre/
Humanities / RE Resource Centre (Barking) - http://www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk/9cias/westbury-menu.html
Bedfordshire RE Resource Centre (Bedford) - www.beds-re-resources.org.uk
Bradford Interfaith Education Centre (Bradford) - http://www.bradfordschools.net/content/
view/548/534/
RE Resource Centre (Bristol) - http://www.bristol.anglican.org/cyp/resource/
Resource Centre (Carlisle) - http://www.carlislediocese.org.uk/committees/board-ofeducation/resource-centre.html
Croydon Religious Education Resource Centre (CRERC) (Croydon) http://www.crerc.org.uk/
RE Centre, The (Derby) - http://www.nottingham-diocesan-centre.org.uk/
North East Religious Learning Resources Centre (Durham) http://www.resourcescentreonline.co.uk/
Resources Centre (Ely) - http://www.ely.anglican.org/education/resources/
Catholic National Library (Farnborough) - http://www.catholic-library.org.uk/
South London Multifaith and Multicultural Resources Centre (London) http://www.lgfl.net/lgfl/leas/lewisham/schools/schooleffectiveness/accounts/mfmc/?
verb=list
Agency for Jewish Education (London) - http://www.aje.org.uk/
RE Resource Centre (Ludlow) - http://www.bmcresources.org.uk/library.htm
Religious Studies Resource Centre (Nottingham) http://www.bluecoat.nottingham.sch.uk/rsresources/index.php
Stapleford Centre, The (Nottingham) - http://www.stapleford-centre.org/
Slough Religious Studies Resource Centre (Slough) http://www.sloughrscentre.org.uk/resources/resources_section.htm
Learning Resource Centre (Stevenage) - http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/re/
TALEEM (Stoke On Trent) - http://www.sgfl.org.uk/subsites/view/default.asp?site=4
New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (Ulverston) http://kadampa.org/
RE Resource Centre (Wakefield) http://www.wakefield.anglican.org/support/issues/resourcecentres/
Hindu Academy (Wembley) - http://www.hinduacademy.org/
David Hope RE Centre in York (York) - http://www2.yorksj.ac.uk/default.asp?
Page_ID=345&Parent_ID=341
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