Lesson plans: Secondary RE Classroom Resources (English)

Religious Education (RE) classes cover many interdisciplinary topics, some of which bring students and teachers into contact with scientific ideas. We have carefully created curriculum-relevant lesson plans to help RE teachers support students’ exploration of these topics.

By highlighting the different ways of knowing encountered in science and RE, students can explore how disciplines can come together to give us deeper insights on complex topics. Our resources also offer students access to the types of conversations that occur in academic communities about religion/non-religion, and help them to gain experience exploring ‘how to know’ in RE (all features which OFSTED use to describe a high quality RE [1]).

  • How can RE help with tackling climate change? – KS3&4  (Purchase here, for £2.50)
  • What does the Bible say about the Big Bang? – KS3&4 (Purchase here – £2.50)
  • Bioethics: What do people from different religions think about the start and end of life? – KS4&5 (Purchase here – £2.50)
  • Race, Science and Faith – KS3&4 (Purchase here – £2.50)
  • What is the purpose of Genesis 1? – KS3 (Purchase here – £2.50)
  • How should scientists spend their money? – KS3&4 (Download here, for free)
  • Ways of knowing in different subjects – KS4 (Purchase here – £2.50)

Purchase the full pack of resources here (for £12).

These resources may take a different approach to other classroom resources you will have come across, and we are encouraged that feedback from teachers is great.

‘The classroom resources have been very positive in my RE teaching, the ‘Spending priority’ resource enabled me to assess my students ethical understanding, which is a requirement of my role and which I found difficult before. I would certainly recommend them to others.’

RE and CW (collective worship) advisor (Ely Education Team) and Primary RE Specialist Teacher (School).

We feel that teachers will feel most confident, inspired and equipped to use these resources if they have joined our team for a teacher training session on integrating science and religious education. These sessions run in various formats, at various times throughout the year. So we encourage you to visit our ‘training’ page, or get in touch with our training lead to express your interest: kids@faraday.cam.ac.uk.

Please also feel free to get in touch if you are facing different science-religion questions and would value some support in exploring them well with young people.

*Note: Key stage references above are just for guidance, and you will know your class well enough to decide if a resource might suit them, and how you might be able to tweak it to bring it to their level.

[1] OFSTED. (2021). Research review series: religious education. 1–41. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/research-review-series-religious-education/research-review-series-religious-education

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