Homework Gnome: Religion

Help with primary-school religious studies homework

In primary school children are introduced to many different faiths.

Religious Education (RE) invites children to think about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about a higher power, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It aims to help develop pupils’ knowledge of the world's principal religious traditions and worldviews and promote tolerance and understanding.

All the world's main faiths are covered in the Religion Homework Gnome section.

Buddhism Christianity Confucianism
Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world; Buddhists follow the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who became known as the Buddha. Almost a third of the world’s population are Christians. Like Jews and Muslims, Christians believe in just one God who created the world and all that is in it. Confucianism is the name given to the set of beliefs taught by Confucius, a Chinese philosopher who wanted to teach people how to live in peace. 
Hinduism Islam Judaism
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. It has no standard set of beliefs, so the Hindu faith is followed in different ways by different groups of people. Islam is the world’s second-largest religion. People who follow the religion of Islam are called Muslims and are monotheistic, which means they only believe in one God. Judaism is the oldest of the world’s monotheistic religions, dating back over 4000 years. Today Jewish people live all over the world.
Shinto Sikhism  
Shinto is the ancient religion of Japan.
Shinto is based on the belief that spiritual powers exist in the natural world in things like trees, animals, mountains and people. 
Sikhism began over 500 years ago in India, founded by a man called Guru Nanak.
There are over 25 million Sikhs all over the world, although most still live in India. 

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