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  • AQA spec and CAFOD resources »

    AQA GCSE Religious Studies specification B with a list of CAFOD resources for each section of the specification. More resources will be added in the coming weeks. Sign up for our secondary e-newsletter to be notified when new resources are available.

  • AQA: Learning Hub

    STUDENTS!  Send your students to our Learning Hub to find films, games, interactive powerpoints and other resources supporting the GCSE that they can use for homework or private study.

Creation

  • Creation: Canticle of the Creatures »

    FORMS OF EXPRESSION: Use this PowerPoint in AQA, Component 1, Creation, Forms of expression - art, to explore how the meaning and significance of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam contrasts with one other Christian artistic expression of creation.

  • Creation: Human Dignity animation

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS: Use this animation in AQA, Creation, Beliefs and teachings, to explore the meaning and significance of the belief that human beings are made in God's image and the influence of this on Catholic views about the dignity of human beings.

  • Creation: Human Dignity animation worksheet »

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS: In GCSE AQA RS Spec B, Creation, Beliefs and teachings, Pupils can use this worksheet to take notes on our Human Dignity animation.

  • Creation: Why should we love our neighbour? »

    PRACTICES: This starter activity can be used in AQA Component 1.1 under Practices, when studying care for creation as an expression of love of neighbour.

  • Creation: Laudato Si' animation

    PRACTICES: This 5 minute animation on Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', can be used in AQA Component 1, Creation, Practices, when studying the meaning of stewardship and how Catholics live this out nationally and globally.

  • Creation: Climate change photopack teacher notes »

    PRACTICES: These notes explain how to use our Climate change photopack in AQA Component 1, Creation, Practices to explore the meaning of stewardship, different ways Catholics carry out their duty to be stewards nationally and globally, and CAFOD’s work on sustainability.

  • Creation: Climate change photopack »

    PRACTICES: Use this pack in AQA, Component 1, Creation, Practices to explore the meaning of stewardship, different ways Catholics act as stewards, and CAFOD’s work on sustainability as an expression of Catholic beliefs about the goodness of creation.

  • Creation: Climate change infographic »

    PRACTICES: Use this Climate change infographic to explore the challenges of stewardship, in AQA, Component 1, Creation, Practices.

  • Creation: Eco-stoves film

    PRACTICES: In AQA, Creation, Practices, show this film to demonstrate one very simple yet effective sustainability initiative supported by CAFOD.

  • Creation: The Good Samaritan »

    PRACTICES: Use this presentation in AQA, Component 1, Creation, Practices, when exploring care for the environment as an expression of the requirement to ‘love our neighbour’ in concrete terms.

Incarnation

  • Incarnation: Feeding of the 5000 »

    FORMS OF EXPRESSION: Use this icon in AQA Component 1, Incarnation, Forms of expression - symbol and incarnation, to help pupils explore different Christian views about images of Jesus.

  • Incarnation: Southwark Romero Cross

    FORMS OF EXPRESSION: Use this film in AQA, Incarnation, Forms of expression - symbol and incarnation, when studying the meaning and significance for Catholics of one sculpture or statue of Jesus and different Christian views about sculptures, statues or images of Jesus.

  • Incarnation: Southwark Romero cross »

    FORMS OF EXPRESSION: Pupils can make notes on these images of the Southwark Romero Cross while watching our film in AQA, Incarnation, Forms of expression - symbol and incarnation.

  • Incarnation: Beatitudes »

    SCRIPTURE: Use this illustrated version of the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12, in AQA, Component 1, Incarnation, Scripture.

  • Incarnation: Matthew 25 activity »

    SCRIPTURE: Use this differentiated activity when studying Matthew 25:31-46 in AQA, Incarnation, Sources of authority, Scripture.

Church

  • Church: Stations of the Cross »

    FORMS OF EXPRESSION: Use our annually updated Stations of the cross in AQA, Church and the Kingdom of God, Forms of expression, to explore how ‘dramatised prayer’ - including the Stations of the cross - reflects Catholic beliefs about the Church as a people of God on a sacred journey of service.

  • Church: Our Father film

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS: Use this poignant film in AQA Component 1, Church and the Kingdom of God, Beliefs and teachings: the meaning and significance of the ‘Reign’ or ‘Kingdom’ of God as expressed in the Lord’s Prayer.

  • Church: CST in 3 minutes

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS and SOURCES OF AUTHORITY: Use this fast-paced animation to introduce Catholic Social Teaching in AQA, Church and the Kingdom of God, Beliefs and teachings, and Sources of authority. Watch once, discuss, watch again, pausing where required for explanation.

  • Church: CST in 3 minutes film script »

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS and SOURCES OF AUTHORITY: The CST in 3 Minutes film script in a Word document

  • Church: Video wall of Catholic Social Teaching principles

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS: This video wall of films about four CST principles - Stewardship, Common Good, Participation, Solidarity - can be used in AQA, Church and the Kingdom of God, Beliefs and teachings, to help illustrate Catholic teaching on justice.

  • Church: Catholic Social Teaching cards

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS: Use these cards in AQA, Component 1, Church and the Kingdom of God, Beliefs and teachings when studying understanding of Catholic teaching on justice, peace and reconciliation as signs of the Kingdom.

  • Church: CST cards digital game

    BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS: In AQA, Church, Beliefs and Teachings, end a lesson on Catholic Social Teaching with this online game, matching CST principles and definitions. Full sets of cards can be ordered from CAFOD.

  • Church: Who is my neighbour? »

    PRACTICES: In AQA, Church and the Kingdom of God, Practices, use this PowerPoint slide as a starter, or spend more time using the individual images to explore the question 'Who is my neighbour?'

  • Church: Why should we love our neighbour? »

    PRACTICES: Use this starter in AQA Component 1.5, Church and the Kingdom of God, to begin a lesson on how love of neighbour is expressed in the work of Catholic agencies.

  • Church: The history and work of CAFOD »

    PRACTICES: Use this PowerPoint in AQA, Component 1, Church and the Kingdom, Practices, when studying the work of a Catholic agency - CAFOD - working globally. Invite a CAFOD trained volunteer to run a classroom workshop to deepen learning.

  • Church: Emergency - What happens at CAFOD film

    PRACTICES: Use this film in AQA, Component 1, Church and the Kingdom, Practices, when studying the work of a Catholic agency - CAFOD - working globally.

  • Church: Emergencies flowchart »

    PRACTICES: This flowchart shows what happens at CAFOD when an emergency is declared. It includes activity ideas. Use in AQA, Church, Practices, when studying the work of CAFOD.

  • Church: Flood! game and instructions

    PRACTICES: In this game, pupils work out how to protect people from a disastrous flood - acting against one of the causes of poverty. Use in AQA, Church and the Kingdom of God, Practices, for experiential learning... and when your pupils deserve some fun!

  • Church: Romero film

    PRACTICES: Use our film 'Oscar Romero: A Life for God and the Poor' in AQA Component 1, Church and the Kingdom of God, Practices, to demonstrate how belief in justice, peace and reconciliation is expressed in the life of one important Catholic figure.

  • Church: Romero timeline »

    PRACTICES: Use this one-page timeline in AQA, Church and the Kingdom of God, Practices, to show how belief in justice, peace and reconciliation was expressed in the life of Oscar Romero.

  • Church: Romero poster »

    PRACTICES: Use this downloadable poster in AQA, Church and Kingdom of God, Practices, alongside our other Romero resources, when studying Romero's life as an example of justice, peace and reconciliation. A2 posters can also be ordered from CAFOD's online shop.

Peace

  • Peace: Human Dignity animation

    DIALOGUE 1: Use this short animation in GCSE RS, AQA, Spec B, Theme B, Religion, peace and conflict, Dialogue 1, when studying Catholic perspectives on the relationship between justice and human dignity.

  • Peace: Human Dignity animation worksheet »

    DIALOGUE 1: In AQA, Religion, peace and conflict, Dialogue 1, Pupils can use this worksheet to make notes on our Human Dignity animation.

  • Peace: Refugees webpage

    DIALOGUE 2 and DIALOGUE 3: Use our refugee resources in AQA Component 2, Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict when studying Catholic views on consequences of modern warfare, including refugees.

  • Peace: Hunger Cloth film

    DIALOGUE 2: Use in GCSE, AQA, Spec B, Section B, Theme B, Peace and Conflict, Dialogue 2, Christian perspectives on war, when studying Catholic views on consequences of modern warfare, particularly refugees.

  • Peace: Hunger cloth worksheet »

    DIALOGUE 2: Pupils can use this worksheet to make notes while watching our hunger cloth film.

  • Peace: Peacemaking CST, scripture and case studies »

    DIALOGUE 4: Use this resource in AQA, Component 2.B, Theme B, Religion, peace and conflict, Dialogue 4 when studying Catholic perspectives on conflict resolution and peacemaking, including biblical perspectives.

  • Peace: Blessed are the peacemakers film

    DIALOGUE 4: Stories from five countries of CAFOD partners' work to build peace. Each story is related to a quotation from Catholic Social Teaching. Use in AQA, GCSE RS, Religion, peace and conflict, Dialogue 4.

  • Peace: A sporting chance

    DIALOGUE 4: Use this film in AQA, Component 2.B, Theme B, Religion, peace and conflict, Dialogue 4 when studying the work of organisations active in conflict resolution and peacemaking, to show how CAFOD partners use sports to develop peace.

Social justice

  • Social justice: Human Dignity animation

    DIALOGUE 1: Use this animation in AQA, Theme C, Dialogue 1, Human rights and religious freedom, to explore links between the dignity of human beings created in God's image and Catholic understanding of human rights, as set out in Gaudium et Spes.

  • Social justice: Human Dignity animation worksheet »

    DIALOGUE 1: In AQA, Theme C, Dialogue 1, pupils can use this worksheet to make notes on our Human Dignity animation.

  • Social justice: Who is my neighbour? »

    DIALOGUE 1: In AQA, Component 2, Section B, Theme C, Religion, human rights and social justice, Dialogue 1, use this PowerPoint to explore the concept of ‘loving your neighbour’.

  • Social justice: Why should we love our neighbour? »

    DIALOGUE 1: This starter activity can be used to introduce the concept of loving our neighbour in AQA Component 2, Theme C, Dialogue 1: Human rights and religious freedom.

  • Social justice: Romero film

    DIALOGUE 1: In AQA Component 2, Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice, this film 'Oscar Romero - A Life for God and the Poor' gives students an example of action against poverty and the causes of poverty, as an expression of Christian values.

  • Social justice: Exploitation »

    DIALOGUE 2: A starter activity in which pupils experience frustration as they create tokens and try to spend them. Use in AQA Component 2, Theme C, Dialogue 2, Perspectives on wealth.

  • Social justice: Catholic Social Teaching cards

    DIALOGUE 1 and DIALOGUE 3: These cards can be used in AQA, Component 2, Theme C, Religion, human rights and social justice, to explore the CST principles of Option for the Poor, Rights and Responsibilities and Human Dignity.

  • Social justice: CST cards digital game

    DIALOGUE 3: Use this online game, matching CST principles and definitions, to end a lesson on how Catholic Social Teaching explains the Christian duty to take action on poverty in AQA, Theme C, Religion, human rights and social justice. Full sets of cards can be ordered from CAFOD.

  • Social justice: Poverty causes and effects case studies session »

    DIALOGUE 3: Use in AQA, Component 2, Theme C, Religion, human rights and social justice, Dialogue 3, when studying the causes and effects of poverty and the work of CAFOD.

  • Social justice: Poverty factsheet »

    DIALOGUE 3: In AQA GCSE RS, Theme C, Dialogue 3, use these facts, statistics, information and activities to help pupils explore the issues around extreme poverty. For related topics such as trade and aid, see the factsheets on our main site.

  • Social Justice: Option for the poor movie

    DIALOGUE 3: Option for the poor explained by a young person. Use in AQA Component 2, Theme C, Social Justice, Dialogue 3, when looking at Catholic teaching about the Christian duty to take action against poverty and the causes of poverty: the Preferential option for the poor.

  • Social justice: Walking together

    DIALOGUE 4: Show this film in AQA, Theme C, Dialogue 4, as an example of how, through CAFOD, the Church in England and Wales helps young people in the Middle East to promote tolerance and racial equality.

  • Social justice: History and work of CAFOD »

    DIALOGUE 3: Use this PowerPoint in AQA, 2C, Religion, human rights and social justice, Dialogue 3, when studying the causes and effects of poverty and the work of CAFOD.

Mark - life of Jesus

Mark - spiritual truth

  • Mark - spiritual truth: Option for the poor movie

    Option for the poor explained by a young person. Use in AQA Theme E: St Mark's Gospel - source of spiritual truth, when looking at the significance and importance for Christians of Jesus’ attitudes to those disregarded by the society of his day.