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Key Stage 3

The main aims of this stage are for children to be able to:

  • explain the differing impacts of religious belief and teachings on individuals, communities and societies
  • analyse and explain how religious beliefs and ideas are transmitted by people, texts and traditions
  • explain why people belong to faith communities and explain the reasons for diversity in religion
  • analyse and compare the evidence and arguments used when considering issues of ‘truth’ in religion
  • discuss and evaluate how religious beliefs and teachings give answers to ultimate questions and ethical issues
  • apply a wide range of religious vocabulary consistently and accurately
  • interpret and evaluate a range of sources, texts, and authorities, from a variety of contexts
  • interpret a variety of forms of religious and spiritual expression.

Following the suggestions under each heading below will help you understand the topic yourself. To aid you in preparing classes on Jainism, we have provided a series of lesson plans on various Jain themes, which you can adapt to the needs of your class. There are also teachers' notes to help you use the Learn Jainism books in your classes.

You can download them from the bottom of the page. You will need Adobe Reader to use PDFs.

Analyse and explain the spread of religious beliefs

  • See JAINpedia website manuscripts, which are historical transmissions of beliefs and traditions
  • Download Lesson Plan 3: Jain Scriptures, Symbols & Myths
  • Download Lesson Plan 4: Jain Worship, Jain Sects and Festivals.

Explain the existence of faith communities and religious diversity

  • See 'Your RE' Pupil Book available from Pearson Education Limited:
    • Chapter 3 – Beliefs about God and the meaning of life.

Analyse and compare religious ‘truth’

  • Download Lesson Plan 5: Jain Beliefs: Karma and Reincarnation
  • See 'Your RE' Pupil Book available from Pearson Education Limited:
    • Chapter 7 – Religion and science.

Discuss religious answers to philosophical questions and ethics

  • See 'Your RE' Pupil Book available from Pearson Education Limited:
    • Chapter 4 – Good and bad
    • Chapter 5 – Rights and responsibilities
  • Download Lesson Plan 5: Jain Beliefs: Karma and Reincarnation
  • See the JAINpedia website for the article on Jainism and scientific thought.

Use religious vocabulary correctly

  • This aim should be achieved by participating in the above resources and activities
  • See Puzzles and games section
  • See the glossary on the JAINpedia website.

Interpret and evaluate various sources

Downloadable resources