World Religion Day Resources

2021-01-04

Seeking to promote peace and understanding between different faiths, World Religion Day can form a pivotal part of religious teaching in schools.


First observed in 1950, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in January each year and provides numerous opportunities for RE teachers looking to address key topics in their lessons.


World Religion Day can trace its origins back to followers of the Bahá’í faith, with a focus on tolerance and respect for all.


The six most widely practised religions in the world – Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism and Hinduism – account for around 75% of the global population, with the day looking to emphasise the similarities that exist between them.


By encouraging more individuals to learn about different religions and their followers, it is hoped that it will help to bring people together and overcome differences between faiths.


Teachers have a pivotal role to play in this process, and there are a wide variety of resources relating to World Religion Day available online to help, some of which are outlined below…


Twinkl

Designed by teachers in line with the national curriculum, Twinkl has an array of World Religion Day resources covering both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


With activity packs covering the main religions, as well as PowerPoint presentations and assembly packs, RE teachers have a vast selection of options to support their lesson planning.


TES (Times Educational Supplement)

From guides to interactive quizzes, teachers can find both free and low-cost resources at TES, including a collection designed for World Religion Day.


By approaching the topics in fun and engaging ways, the resources encourage pupils to expand their understanding of religion around the globe.


TrueTube

Featuring an array of free resources which delve into different religions, TrueTube is a useful tool for those teaching RE, PSHE and Citizenship in secondary schools.


A collection of videos for World Religion Day explores the various places of worship, the differences between the major belief systems and what a day in the life of religious figures is actually like.


NATRE

The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) is home to an array of different resources and guides that could inspire lesson planning.


These include several which address the different religions and world views which could be tied into World Religion Day teaching.


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