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RE lesson plans Christianity

Teachers just do not have the time to research RE Christianity, so here are 36 ready made lesson plans with worksheets to give an introduction to Christianity.

Each of these KS1 and KS2 RE lesson plans are for a complete, standalone classroom lesson.

Just choose Keystage 1 or Keystage 2 and then locate your teaching theme.
All these Christianity lesson plans are designed for busy teachers to print, or display electronically, with very little planning or effort.

The material will suit a wide range of churches from traditional, Charismatic and catholic religious education lesson plans.

Child's own drawing of themselves. RE lesson plans KS1 and KS2.

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Using the progression documents in the Agreed Religious Education Syllabus

“The Progression Documents are designed to support teachers with the preparation of schemes of work. The progressions contain information on the important knowledge appropriate to each key stage, as well as suggestions for vocabulary, questions and activities. Following the progressions should enable students to develop an understanding of the religion or non-religious worldview and what it means to live one’s life as a follower of the religion or world view today. These progressions are not designed to tell teachers how to teach RE. They are a guide to what core content is recommended to be covered in order for students to develop a sound understanding.” [iii]

‘The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils.

These lesson plans are based on the Progression Documents of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. This is in the light blue text.
The green text is from other Councils: Lewisham Borough, West Sussex, Hull and East Riding.

RE Lesson Plans Key Stage 1

Forth child's own drawing of themselves. RE Lesson Plans Key Stage 1

Key vocabulary to be used in KS1 lesson plans:

Advent, Baptism, Bible, Christ, Christmas, Church, Creation, Disciple, Easter, Faith, God, Harvest, Holy, Hymn, Jesus, Prayer, Priest, Vicar, Worship.

1.[a] Visit to a local Church KS1. RE resources:

1.[a] and 1.[b] have overlapping lesson plans depending on whether a church visit is available or not:

(If you are not planning to visit a church then do 1.[b] ‘What is the church? RE lesson plan’ below.)

Visiting a local church can be fun and gives a big, fat tick on what you should be covering in RE.
The lesson plan gives suggestions on what questions to ask and what to look out for on the visit. The resources include:

  • What is the Church? – RE lesson plan a PowerPoint presentation
  • Places of worship, a PowerPoint presentation
  • Children could ask these questions lesson plan
  • Teachers cheat question sheet

See: Visit to a local Church KS1. RE resources

1.[b] What is the Church? RE resources:

Is the Church just a building? The lesson plan looks at different types of churches and what makes them different.
Explore why Christians go to church and what actually happens there. what is a church service like? The resources include:

  • What is Church, a PowerPoint presentation
  • What is Church: lesson plan
  • What is Church Worksheet 1
  • What is Church Worksheet 2
  • Places of worship, a PowerPoint presentation
  • What is in a Christian service at church? lesson plan
  • Church items worksheet

See: What is the Church? RE resources

2. Is Jesus a historical figure? RE resources:

Jesus is a person from history and there are non-Christian records of him. Here we look at the evidence and at how many eye witnesses there were.
How many Christians are there in the world now?
How many followed Jesus then – his teaching and miracles attracted people.
The resources include:

  • Is Jesus a historical figure – RE lesson plan
  • Create a historical timeline
  • Timeline pictures

See: Is Jesus a historical figure? RE resources

3. Parables of Jesus. RE resources:

What is the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, and other parables all about?
They were just simple stories, but they had deep spiritual meanings and truths.
The resources include:

  • Parables of Jesus – RE lesson plan (Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan)
  • Parables of Jesus Worksheet
  • More Parables of Jesus – RE lesson plan – Coming soon

See: Parables of Jesus. RE resources.

4. Christmas and Easter simply explained. RE resources:

[a] Christmas is a busy time of sourcing presents, writing cards, stocking up on food, drink and then hopefully having good times with others.
So what is behind the festival of Christmas, most people know it is about Jesus being born, and then the other details come from Nativity plays.
We will take a look at what actually happened over 2000 years ago…

[b] Easter is, for most people a welcome break, but what were the actual events that occurred in what is now known as Holy Week and Easter?

The resources include:

  • Christmas explained. RE lesson plan
  • Christmas drama: Christmas Nativity drama
  • Easter explained. RE lesson plan

See: Christmas and Easter simply explained. RE resources

5. What is the Bible? RE resources:

The Bible is several books and has two main parts; the Old and New Testaments. Although it is written by a lot of different people, Christians believe that it is all inspired by God. What can the Bible teach us now-a-days?
The resources include:

  • What is the Bible – RE lesson plan
  • What is the Bible? Worksheet 1
  • What is the Bible? Worksheet 2

See: What is the Bible? RE resources

6. Big Bible stories. RE resources:

There are many great stories within the Bible and it is difficult to narrow it down to five really good ones. You can choose from this list which ones to use:

Creation of the world, Moses and the Egyptians, David and Goliath the Philistine, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Jonah swallowed by a giant fish.

Sorry, Big Bible stories – RE lesson plan – Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus. Big Bible stories. RE resources

7. Does Christianity change lives? RE resources:

Being a Christian does change lives.
The result should be no cheating, bullying, aggressive attitudes and more peace and fulfilment. The resources include:

  • Does Christianity change lives? RE Lesson plan
  • Gang Members sketch
  • Christian life – RE lesson plan – Coming soon

See: Does Christianity change lives? RE resources

8. Harvest festival. RE resources:

An in-depth look at the harvest festival and how Christians believe that God created the world to be fruitful. The lesson plan introduces the idea that throughout the year there are several Christian festivals.

Harvest – RE lesson plan – Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus. The Harvest festival. RE resources

9. Famous Christians. RE resources:

It is interesting that there are quite a number of Christians who are competing within sports and we will look at some of them.

Also, a young girl of about 8 or 9 called Mary Jones, in about 1793 was determined to get her hands on a Bible that she went to extraordinary lengths to get one… The resources include:

  • Famous Christians – Mary Jones lesson plan

See: Famous Christians. RE resources

RE Lesson Plans Key Stage 2 Lower

A child's drawing of themselves. RE Lesson Plans Key Stage 2 Lower.
Key vocabulary to be used in lesson plans:

Advent, Baptism, Bible, Christ, Christmas, Church, Creation, Disciple, Easter, Faith, God, Gospel, Harvest, Holy, Hymn, Jesus, Lent, New Testament, Old Testament, Parables, Pentecost, Prayer, Priest, Prophet, Ten Commandments, Vicar, Worship.

10. The Church year and the festival of Harvest. RE resources:

Some Christian churches have a ‘Church Year’ where Christian festivals are set throughout the year, such as; Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Harvest.
Other churches may celebrate some of these festivals.
Here we give an overview of the festivals, looking more closely at the Harvest festival.

Harvest festival – RE lesson plan – Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus. Church year and festival of Harvest. RE resources

11. Christian festival of Advent. RE resources:

The children will look at the festival of Advent which celebrates Jesus Christ as God, leaving heaven to be born of Mary in Bethlehem.
Advent also looks to the future when, Christians believe that, Jesus will return again as the all-powerful king at the end of the world, when there will be a completely new heaven and Earth where there will be no more suffering or pain.
The resources include:

  • Christian festival of Advent. RE lesson plan
  • Advent worksheet

See: Christian festival of Advent. RE resources

12. The festival of Christmas. RE resources:

This is a deeper look at the festival of Christmas (there is a lesson plan for Key Stage 1 which is not so detailed, see; Christmas and Easter simply explained).

It is a tough, but exciting story when seen in it’s full details, especially focusing in on how those involved at the time were affected by it. The story is much deeper than a baby being born at Bethlehem.
There is also a reminder of the Church Year with its different festivals.

See: The festival of Christmas. RE resources Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus.

13. Lent, Ascension Day & Pentecost festivals. RE resources:

Here are three lesson plans covering three Christian festivals from the Church Year:

[a] Lent celebrates when Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and was tempted by the Devil and overcame his schemes.

[b] Ascension Day celebrates Jesus rising from the dead, showing himself to over 500 people and then ascending back to heaven from a mountain top.

[c] Pentecost celebrates Jesus sending the Holy Spirit from heaven upon his followers.

The resources include:

  • The festival of Lent lesson plan (also looks at the Trinity).
  • Lent Worksheet
  • The festival of Pentecost lesson plan
  • Pentecost Worksheet
  • Ascension Day festivals – RE lesson plan – coming soon

See: Lent, Ascension Day & Pentecost festivals. RE resources

14. Christian festival of Holy Week. RE resources:

The children will learn about Holy Week where Jesus, knowing that the religious leaders were jealous of him and were going to kill him, still continued to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven and perform miracles. He also told his disciples that he was going to be beaten and crucified, but that he was going to be raised back to life. Holy Week takes us up to his trial and crucifixion.
The resources include:

  • The Christian festival of Holy Week lesson plan (Palm Sunday to Thursday night)
  • Christian festival of Holy Week worksheet 1
  • Christian festival of Holy Week worksheet 2

See: Christian festival of Holy Week. RE resources

15. Christian festival of Easter. RE resources:

This lesson plan looks at Easter in more detail than the earlier one for Key Stage 1 ‘4. Christmas and Easter simply explained’ above.
The children will learn about the horrible events of Easter that eventually turned into a huge victory.
The story includes murderous jealously, a friends betrayal, wicked unlawful actions by the authorities, a weak governor washing his hands and authorising Jesus’ cruel whipping and crucifixion, his lifeless body being laid in a cave and guarded by soldiers, but then him being raised from the dead…

The resources include:

  • Christian festival of Easter. RE lesson plan
  • Easter worksheet – Football sketch
  • Easter worksheet

See: Christian festival of Easter. RE resources

16.[a] KS2 Church visits. RE resources:

Hopefully the children have looked around a church in KS1 and ideally have learnt about the sort of things that happen in churches.
Now the children should explore why certain ceremonies and things are done, for example child and adult baptism, etc.

See: KS2 Church visits. RE resources Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus.

16.[b] What is Christian baptism?

Find out what Christian baptism means. For some it is being baptised as a baby and then confirming their belief in Jesus when old enough to decide. Others see baptism as being carried out when someone becomes a Christian. The children will explore these situations.
The resources include:

  • What is Christian baptism? RE lesson plan
  • Baptism worksheet

See: What is Christian baptism? RE resources

17.[a] What did Jesus do? RE resources:

Why did Jesus choose to mix amongst the crowds, did he have a definite mission, or did he adapt as he went along?
The lesson plan gives an outline of what Jesus did. He stood out for relating to the despised, the marginalised and he spoke out against those who abused their power. The resources include:

  • Jesus and Nicodemus lesson plan
  • Rule Cards to go with the lesson plan above.
  • Jesus and Nicodemus worksheet
  • What did Jesus do? RE lesson plan – coming soon

See: What did Jesus do? RE resources

17.[b] How to find a Bible verse lesson plan:

The children look at using a grid reference to find a place on a map, then they will try to find a sentence in a book and lastly find several Bible verses.

See: How to find a Bible verse lesson plan

18. What did Jesus teach? RE resources:

The Old Testament had many laws and the most famous collection of laws was the Ten Commandments. For hundreds of years the Jews thought that believing in God was only about obeying all those laws. Jesus came and seemed to take it even further:

“You have heard that it was said to those of old ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…”

Matthew 5:21-22

What is going on?
This lesson plan will explore this and look at the ‘Two Great Commandments’, and other teachings. Also we will learn about four gospels giving ‘good news’ about Jesus and how to find a reference in a Bible using chapters and verses.
The resources include:

  • What did Jesus teach lesson plan. (Jesus said: “I am the good Shepherd… I am the bread of life… I am the Resurrection… I am the Light of the world”).
  • I am the Resurrection sketch
  • What did Jesus teach worksheet
  • RE lesson plans covering the “Two Great Commandments”, some parables, the Kingdom of God and the four gospels – Coming soon

See: What did Jesus teach? RE resources

19. What is in the Bible? RE resources:

The Bible has been written over thousands of years and consists of many authors, yet Christians believe that it was inspired by God.
The children will learn what makes the Bible one complete story and how it relates to each of its other parts.

See: What is in the Bible? RE resources Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus.

20. Famous Christians in history. RE resources:

John Bunyan, born in 1628, was a non-conformist trying to live out his Christian faith away from the government controlled church. He is one of the many famous Christians in history, he suffered terribly for many years in a deplorable prison cell, but he still managed to write a book ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ which is now second on the 10 Best-Selling Novels of All Time having sold 250 million copies.
The resources include:

  • Famous Christians in history lesson plan (about John Bunyan).
  • The true story of John Bunyan – Children’s handout.
  • John Bunyan questions printable worksheet.

See: Famous Christians in history. RE resources

21. Christian visitor to talk at the school. RE resources:

Invite an active Christian into school to talk about themselves and to answer the children’s questions. Find out what motivates them, how they become a Christian, why and how they pray, their meaning and purpose to life, how their church helps the local community, etc. The resources include:

  • Organise Christian visitor to talk in an RE lesson
  • Questions to ask Christian visitor at school for KS2 lesson

See: Christian visitor to talk at school. RE resources

22. Looking at a contemporary Christian. RE resources:

Twenty two year old Jackie Pullinger went to Hong Hong to work in the most horrendous conditions and she has worked there for her whole life. The Walled City where she lived and worked was full of Triad gangs, heroine addicts and slaves, but because she was full of love for God and people the Triad gangs started to trust her. Many hundreds were converted to Christianity and came off of heroine. The resources include:

  • Looking at a contemporary Christian. RE lesson plan
  • Looking at a contemporary Christian RE worksheet

See: Looking at a contemporary Christian. RE resources

RE Lesson Plans Key Stage 2 Upper

Child's own drawing of themselves. RE Lesson Plans Key Stage 2 Upper
Key vocabulary to be used in lesson plans:

Advent, Ascension, Baptism, Bible, Christ, Christmas, Church, Creation, Disciple, Easter, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, Harvest, Holy, Holy Communion, Holy Spirit, Hymn, Incarnation, Jesus, Lent, Lord’s Prayer, Lord’s Supper, Mass, Miracle, Myth, New Testament, Old Testament, Parables, Pentecost, Prayer, Priest, Prophet, Psalm, Resurrection, Saint, Salvation, Sin, Soul, Ten Commandments, Trinity, Vicar, Worship.

23. What is Holy Communion / the Last Supper? RE resources:

Christians celebrate Holy Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper, or Mass). The children will learn how Jesus started this practice and why.
Knowing that he was shortly going to be unlawfully executed, he announced that his blood was going to be for a new covenant, poured out for the forgiveness of sins. The resources include:

  • What is Holy Communion – the Last Supper? RE lesson plan
  • The Courtroom sketch lesson plan
  • Holy Communion worksheet

See: What is Holy Communion, the Last Supper? RE resources

24. The Lord’s Prayer. RE resources:

What’s in the Lord’s Prayer and what does it mean?
Jesus tells the crowd how not to pray, and then he gives a demonstration prayer. It contains many elements and the children can unpack all the meanings. Many people have learnt the prayer and can recite it from memory.
The resources include:

  • The Lord’s Prayer lesson plan
  • The Lord’s Prayer Worksheet 1
  • The Lord’s Prayer Worksheet 2

See: The Lord’s Prayer. RE resources

25. Christian hymns and songs. RE resources:

Christian hymns, songs and Psalms tell stories, express emotions, and reveal spiritual truths. The children will discover different styles of music, and be taught more about the Christian faith.
The resources include:

  • Hymns, prayers and creeds lesson plan
  • Christian hymns and songs worksheet
  • How Christians worship – a PowerPoint presentation
  • What is Christian worship? RE lesson plan
  • What is Christian worship worksheet 1
  • What is Christian worship worksheet 2

See: Christian hymns and songs. RE resources

26. The Biblical Creation story. RE resources:

Some see the creation story as a myth or parable, others take its six sections as being six long era’s, whilst others see the six days being literally six days. The children will explore this and how it fits with modern scientific views.
The resources include:

  • The Biblical Creation story lesson plan
  • The Biblical Creation story worksheet 1
  • The Biblical Creation story worksheet 2

See: The Biblical Creation story. RE resources

27. What are miracles? RE resources:

Jesus performed many miracles. These were not tricks, even his enemies did not doubt the reality of someone getting healed in the presence of many people – a crowd that would have known the crippled person, etc. These miracles were signs, there were prophesies in the Old Testament that implied that the Messiah, when he came, would be recognised by his miracles.
The resources include:

  • What are miracles? Lesson plan
  • What are miracles worksheet

See: What are miracles? RE resources

28. The Trinity in the Bible and the Holy Spirit. RE resources:

The word ‘Trinity’ is not actually in the Bible, it refers to the three persons that make up God; God the Father, God the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
These three persons are obviously seen within the pages of the Bible and are all present when Jesus got baptised in the river Jordan.

God’s Spirit within the Old testament came upon his prophets so that they could speak his words.
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is available to those who believe, and he comes within them to be their helper.

The Trinity and Holy Spirit – lesson plan – New version coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus. The Trinity in the Bible and the Holy Spirit. RE resources

29.[a] Death and life after death. RE resources:

In our ‘Western culture’ death is not talked about and at funerals the deceased person is not seen. Whereas in some countries the coffin is open. Also, if it is a burial, the soil is covered over by carpets to ‘soften the impact’ that this person’s body is being laid in the ground.
Death is one of life’s certainties, that is, at some point we have all got to die, so why should it be a taboo subject?
Many families keep pets and inevitably one of those will die, and so it is good for providing us with some experience of handling life’s problems.

Some people believe that somehow people live on after death and are looking down upon us now, others that death is the end – that nothing exists beyond that, and others believe in a God that creates a life after death.
The children will explore this subject. The resources include:

  • Death and life after death lesson plan
  • Death and life after death worksheet 1
  • Death and life after death worksheet 2

See: Death and life after death. RE resources

29.[b] Why is there suffering in the World?

The first answer maybe because of some aggressive, greedy dictator but suffering can be caused by natural disasters, accidents, own irresponsibility, a hard training regime, bullies, and even rescuing someone from a freezing river. Many Christian’s suffer in countries that want to destroy Christianity.
But that still leaves the difficult question why is there suffering in the world. We will try to explore this difficult subject.
The resources include:

  • Why is there suffering in the World? Lesson plan
  • Why is there suffering in the World? Worksheet 1
  • Why is there suffering in the World? Worksheet 2

See: Why is there suffering in the World? RE resources

30. Looking after our planet. RE resources:

It is sickening to see wonderful forests being destroyed, rivers and oceans polluted, etc.
This world is an amazing place that was designed to support life in all its abundance. The children will look at how and why we should look after the world.
The resources include:

  • Looking after our planet lesson plan
  • Looking after our planet worksheet

See: Looking after our planet. RE resources

31. Lifestyle and moral principles. RE resources:

Some want new cars, new houses, the latest gadgets for their lifestyle to be acceptable. Others waste their lives waiting to win the Lottery and so they do not enjoy the moment. Some find satisfaction in helping others. The children will look at some situations to enable them to make a decision on what to do.

Then another lesson plan looks at Zacchaeus from the Bible who was very greedy and cheated people out of their money, until he met Jesus…
The resources include:

  • Lifestyle and moral principles lesson plan
  • Lifestyle and moral principles Worksheet 1
  • Lifestyle and moral principles Worksheet 2
  • Values example: ‘bad’ Zacchaeus lesson plan
  • Values example: ‘bad’ Zacchaeus worksheet 1
  • Values example: ‘bad’ Zacchaeus worksheet 2

See: Lifestyle and moral principles. RE resources

32. Christian ministries and talents. RE resources:

People may think that all Christian ministries are all paid roles, but that is just not the case. Christians believe that God gives talents and gifts to everyone, however insignificant that person may seem.

Christian ministries and talents – lesson plan – New version coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus. Christian ministries and talents. RE resources

Wide public support for RE in schools

“New research published today reflects public endorsement for high quality Religious Education (RE) in our schools. Good quality RE is widely understood to be at risk of being squeezed out of the curriculum despite it being highly valued. This new research shows over half (53%) of all adults in England and Wales who gave an opinion either way say RE should remain a compulsory subject. 58% agreed it is beneficial for all pupils to participate in RE lessons. This rose to a majority (63%) among 18-24 year olds.
Today’s research on attitudes to RE was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC)” [i]

‘RE for good – wide public support for RE in schools’ Religious Education Council of England and Wales.

Why RE Matters

“The ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities, and how these may shape their culture and behaviour, is an invaluable asset for children in modern day Britain. Explaining religious and non-religious worldviews in an academic way allows young people to engage with the complexities of belief, avoid stereotyping and contribute to an informed debate.” [ii]

‘Working together to strengthen the provision of religious education in England and Wales’ Religious Education Council of England and Wales.

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What makes a good RE lesson?

Christianity RE should be focused on the teachings and life of Jesus Christ.
The lesson should provoke lots of questions from the children.
A good Christianity lesson is one that does not just focus on objects, like a font, a chalice, a lectern, etc.
These lesson plans have many questions that the teacher can ask the children to get them interested and involved.
Christianity is not a detached religion, but is a way of life.

References:

[i] ‘RE for good – wide public support for RE in schools’ Religious Education Council of England and Wales. https://www.religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk/?news=re-good-wide-public-support-re-schools
[ii] ‘Working together to strengthen the provision of religious education in England and Wales’ Religious Education Council of England and Wales. https://www.religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk/
[iii] ‘The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/asset-library/imported-assets/AgreedReligiousEducationSyllabus2018-2023.pdf