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10 Beginnings for Foundation Stage RE

Here are 10 flexible sets of learning ideas for children in the 4–5 age group.

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What are the causes of suffering?

What are the causes of suffering?

Case study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Mary Whitworth of Marshalls Park School, London Borough of Havering and supported by Janet Dyson.

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10 Beginnings for RE in the Reception Class

Here are 10 flexible sets of learning ideas for children in the 4–5 age group.

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Play-based learning and the felt sense: nurturing spiritual development in RE

Play-based learning and the felt sense: nurturing spiritual development in RE

Is there too much stress on mental and intellectual achievement and ways of knowing in contemporary Western education?

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10 Ideas for Better Visual Learning: Images for Better RE

Everyone signs up to the importance of visual learning these days, but after deciding that visual learning matters, then what? Try these 10 ideas.

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10 Ideas for Rubbish RE

Rubbish RE: The 10 Worst Examples We Could Find!!

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2011 (January) NATRE Survey on Impact of the EBacc on RE

Final analysis of NATRE's survey of 900 secondary teachers of RE undertaken in January 2011 in response to the introduction of the EBacc.

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2011 NATRE Survey on Impact of EBacc on RE

Report on NATRE's survey of 2000 secondary schools in May 2011 about the impact of the English Baccalaureate on RE.

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2013 Review of Religious Education in England

The RE Review, an initiative of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, takes account of wider educational aims, including those of the new National Curriculum.

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2012 NATRE Survey on Impact of the EBacc on RE

Report on the results of NATRE's fourth survey (2012) on the impact of the EBacc on RE.

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2013 NATRE Response to Consultation on NC Reform

NATRE's response to the DfE's consultation about reform of the National Curriculum.

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2013 NATRE Survey on RE in Primary Schools

Report on the results of NATRE's 2013 survey of RE in 700 primary schools in England.

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2013 NATRE Survey on the Impact of the EBacc on RE

Report on NATRE's survey of 580 secondary schools in May–July 2013 about the impact of the EBacc on RE.

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Academies and RE

Academies and RE

Statement from the DfE about the legal requirement for RE in academies

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Complaints Protocol for Maintained Schools

Complaints Protocol for Maintained Schools

Complaints protocol for maintained schools 2013.

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Bursaries 2013 – Dismay that RE is Not Included

Bursaries 2013 – Dismay that RE is Not Included

A response from NATRE to the DfE's announcement in October 2013 that bursaries and scholarships will not be available for those wanting to train to teach RE.

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All–Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

All–Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

A description of the new APPG for RE and an invitation to teachers and others to contact their constituency MP with an invitation to join.

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Examination Reform 2013

Examination Reform 2013

A presentation outlining exam reform 2013.

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Facilitating Subjects: The Myth!

Facilitating Subjects: The Myth!

How advice based on a misunderstanding of the idea of ‘facilitating subjects’ can disadvantage students applying for university!

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Giving It! How Charitable is Britain? 10 ways...

Ten ways to use charity data in exploring the themes of money and religion.

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Interpreting the GCSE Humanities data

Interpreting the GCSE Humanities data

A short report from NATRE outlining the GCSE data for History, Geography and RE, indicating the true picture.

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May Report on Expert Advisory Group

May Report on Expert Advisory Group

A Summary of the first meeting of the new expert advisory groups (EAG) for RE convened by the REC.

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Religion Around Me - Meet Kian

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - An Interview with Kian, a Baha'i

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Multi Faith Conference

Multi Faith Conference

Article celebrating the success of a multi faith conference for 160 primary pupils.

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Music textile dance art - RE leading on spiritual development

Music textile dance art - RE leading on spiritual development

Vicky Gilbert, of Oldfield Middle School, Uttoxeter, describes how the RE department in her school ran a spectacular RE experience for 30 pupils.

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NATRE / REC joint letter to Ofsted

NATRE / REC joint letter to Ofsted

Letter sent by NATRE and the REC to Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMCI on 18 January 2012 regarding Religious Education.

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NATRE response to DfE announcements February 2013

NATRE response to DfE announcements February 2013

NATRE's response to DfE announcements on 7 February 2013 regarding a) Plans to introduce EBCs halted; b) GCSEs to be maintained and reformed; c) Introduction of new performance measure.

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Ofsted - FOI request from NATRE

Ofsted - FOI request from NATRE

Letter from Ofsted to Ms D Weston, NATRE Executive, in response to her FOI request about RE and the new Ofsted inspection framework.

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Ofsted report 2013 - Religious education: realising the potential

Ofsted report 2013 - Religious education: realising the potential

Ofsted's 2013 'long report' on RE.

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Progress 8: A case for GCSE RS full course for all?

Progress 8: A case for GCSE RS full course for all?

This article suggests, that in many schools around the country, full course RS for all might be a serious and viable option which is in the best interests of both the pupils and the school as a whole.

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Question of Faith Revelation BBC 2014

Question of Faith Revelation BBC 2014

Classroom activities by RE Today to follow up the Question of Faith programme on Revelation BBC 2014

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Question of Faith Sexuality BBC 2014

Question of Faith Sexuality BBC 2014

Classroom activities developed by RE Today to support the BBC 2 Question of Faith series on Sexuality BBC 2014

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Question of Faith Life after Death BBC 2014

Question of Faith Life after Death BBC 2014

Classroom activities developed by RE Today to support the BBC 2 Question of Faith series on Life after Death BBC 2014

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Question of Faith Suffering BBC 2014

Question of Faith Suffering BBC 2014

Classroom activities developed by RE Today to support the BBC 2 Question of Faith series on Suffering BBC 2014

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Question of Faith Marriage BBC 2014

Question of Faith Marriage BBC 2014

Classroom activities developed by RE Today to support the BBC 2 Question of Faith series on Marriage BBC 2014

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RE and Collective Worship in Academies and Free Schools

RE and Collective Worship in Academies and Free Schools

A Q&A response from the DfE outlining the position with regard to RE and Collective Worship in Academies and Free Schools.

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Religious education guidance in English schools 2010

Religious education guidance in English schools 2010

Non-statutory guidance for RE in English schools, published January 2010. This guidance replaces Circular 1/94 with regard to guidance on RE. Pages 26 - 30 are of particular relevance to schools.

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Research Poster: Giving voice to 'the silent majority'

Research Poster: Giving voice to 'the silent majority'

"Giving voice to ‘the silent minority’: the experience of religious students in secondary school religious education lessons" is a research poster based on research undertaken by Dan Moulin, doctoral researcher at Oxford University Department of Education, in 2011.

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Somebody Else's Shoes

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Helen Simpson, Plumstead Manor School.

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Summary of REC AGM May 2014

Summary of REC AGM May 2014

The Religious Education of England and Wales held its 2014 Annual General Meeting in the Welsh Government Buildings in Cardiff on May 7th and were addressed by Huw Lewis, Minister for Education in Wales.

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Transforming religious education Ofsted 2010 report

Transforming religious education Ofsted 2010 report

Ofsted's 2010 report on Religious Education based on research in 30 primary and 30 secondary schools over three years.

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Using the 2013 Ofsted report to support RE

Using the 2013 Ofsted report to support RE

Guidance from NATRE on how to use the 2013 Ofsted Report 'religious education: realising the potential' to support RE.

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Voices of faith and belief in schools

Voices of faith and belief in schools

Guidance and a code of conduct.

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Warwick University Research: Materials to teach about world religions in schools in England.

Warwick University Research: Materials to teach about world religions in schools in England.

The final report of Warwick University's research project for the DCSF, published January 2010.

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What Theology and Religious Studies graduates do after they graduate

What Theology and Religious Studies graduates do after they graduate

Those of you promoting the study of Religious Studies at A level or at degree level, may find this document useful.

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Using photography as a conceptual enquiry stimulus

Using photography as a conceptual enquiry stimulus

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Rebecca Costambeys, Costello Technology College.

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10 Ideas for Creative Assessment in Primary RE

Alison Brown, a member of the PCfRE Executive and RE Adviser to the Anglican Diocese of Derby, decodes the mysteries of assessing primary RE.

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10 Practical Ideas to Help a Child to Grow Through RE

This article provides 10 practical ideas for good RE. Good RE isn't finished until the pupils' capacity to reflect on their own attitudes and sense of identity or community has been supported.

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10 Ways to Use a Digital Camera in the Teaching of RE

Somewhere in most schools, a number of digital cameras are sitting idle. Could they make a contribution to an RE lesson?

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Primary RE - identifying outstanding lessons

Primary RE - identifying outstanding lessons

Jane Brooke outlines what an outstanding lesson in RE looks like in a primary school.

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350th Anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer

REtoday likes controversy, so here Michael Brydon celebrates the Prayer Book, while Chris Boxley takes a different view.

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A Bookshelf on Philosophy of Religion.

Jeff Astley (REsource 25:3, Summer 2003). Overview of the types of books useful in understanding the philosophy of religion.

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A Bookshelf on Sikhism

A Bookshelf on Sikhism

Joy Barrow (REsource 25:1, Autumn 2002). Recommendations of books on Sikhism.

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A Child's Reflections

A Child's Reflections

Gill Johnson, of Oaklands Infant School in Cheshire, shares some ways her team have found of helping 4–7s to reflect for themselves in RE. A huge range of approaches, given time, can grow reflective RE.

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A Christian Response to John Hick

A Christian Response to John Hick

Trevor Cooling (REsource 19:3, Summer 1997).

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A Gift Revisited

A Gift Revisited

Julie Grove (REsource 28:1, Autumn 2005).

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A Gift to the Child: Teaching and Learning in Primary RE

A Gift to the Child: Teaching and Learning in Primary RE

This resource is important for understanding pedagogy in RE. It is child centred and encourages children to think deeply about many issues. A very worthwhile addition to a resource collection.

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Being a Christadelphian RE teacher

Being a Christadelphian RE teacher

(REtoday 22:2, Spring 2005). Ruth Thaw, RE teacher and Christadelphian, gives her insights into the frontier between commitment to faith and to education.

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A Group of High Achievers, MAGATs

A Group of High Achievers, MAGATs

Marilyn Bowles, AST and NATRE executive member from Willowbrook Primary School in Leicester, shares the experience of planning opportunities in RE for high–achieving and more able primary pupils.

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A Guide to Specifications in GCSE RS (2009)

A Guide to Specifications in GCSE RS (2009)

Graham Langtree, RE Adviser to the county of Devon, provides a guide to the new GCSE specifications.

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A Muslim Response to John Hick

A Muslim Response to John Hick

Asaf Hussain (REsource 19:3, Summer 1997)

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A New Friend is Better than a Whole Box of Treasure

A New Friend is Better than a Whole Box of Treasure

Janet Jackson, from Holmes Chapel Primary School in Cheshire, compares values with her 5-year-old pupils. Lessons around the theme of a gift.

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An article: A Partnership between Teachers and Learners: How to Inspire Your Pupils in RE.

An article: A Partnership between Teachers and Learners: How to Inspire Your Pupils in RE.

Joyce Mackley, RE adviser for 15 years has endeared herself to hundreds of teachers through her practical and inspiring work.

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A Question of Judgement Developing Students Evaluation and Debating Skills

A Question of Judgement Developing Students Evaluation and Debating Skills

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience, by Gurjit Kaur Shergill, Brampton Manor School.

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A Short History of Articles of Faith in the UK

A Short History of Articles of Faith in the UK

The stories of the company called Articles of Faith and of RE in the United Kingdom over the last 20 years or so have been intertwined.

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A Spring Thing (song book with CD)

A Spring Thing (song book with CD)

Song book with 2 x CDs, 120pp spiral bound. When your RE budget seems small, this resource is a little treasure. It will be used and loved by children, year after year. Super value for money.

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A Wide Range of Religions in Rural Herefordshire

A Wide Range of Religions in Rural Herefordshire

This event report shows what a fearless approach to diversity can achieve, in a county some might think of as ‘white’. By Joyce Mackley.

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Above and Beyond: Using ICT to Develop Pupils' Spirituality

Above and Beyond: Using ICT to Develop Pupils' Spirituality

Julian Stern (REsource 25:3, Summer 2003) looks at how spirituality can be expressed through computers.

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Andy and His Bag: Introducing World Religions at Key Stage 1

Andy and His Bag: Introducing World Religions at Key Stage 1

Helen Thacker (REsource 20:3, Summer 1998) – advice on how you could teach pupils about different religions through animated images of children.

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My Buddhist Faith

My Buddhist Faith

Clear text and appropriate illustrations and photographs make this resource on how Pramodya and her family practise their Buddhist faith accessible to lower primary aged children.

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My First Qur'an

My First Qur'an

My First Qur’an provides primary schools with an authentic and sensitive retelling of the stories of the Qur’an written by a Muslim in a style suitable for young children.

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My non-religious life

Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner, raises a question: How would RE show that every gay child matters?

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My NQT Year in RE

My NQT Year in RE

My NQT year in RE: reflections and observations of the headlights as seen through the eyes of the rabbit by Richard Cooper.

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My RE: a reflection from Humanism

My RE: a reflection from Humanism

Marilyn Mason, education officer for the British Humanist Association from 1998 to February 2006, tells her story of engagement with RE from early years. In the classroom, students can learn about humanism or other non-religious perspectives.

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My Very First BIG Bible Stories: Baby Jesus

My Very First BIG Bible Stories: Baby Jesus

This is one of a lovely set of big books which all young children will enjoy and which will assist teachers in delivering the Christian elements of the RE curriculum easily. They are well worth investing in for any infant school.

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No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

Ever find yourself doing all the talking in your RE lessons? Do the students not seem too bothered with the work? Here is a great study on how to engage the students into leading their own learning.

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Noah's Big Boat

Noah's Big Boat

A rhythmic retelling of this Old Testament Bible story. It will introduce Noah to young children but will not enable the practitioner to develop meaningful RE in the Foundation Stage.

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Noisy reflection: a Jewish approach

Noisy reflection: a Jewish approach

Reflection can be done in groups, says Clive Lawton, who lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is a member of the Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education.

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Picturing Creation

Picturing Creation

A 24-page teachers' resource pack with CD-ROM focusing on the Genesis story of creation pictured through seven specially commissioned original works of art.

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On Humanism: Thinking in Action Series

On Humanism: Thinking in Action Series

A short, readable, and authoritative guide to humanism.

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Impact of Government policy on GCSE RS

Impact of Government policy on GCSE RS

Two elements of government policy since 2010 have been described as having ‘unintended negative consequences for Religious Education’. The first of these was the English Baccalaureate introduced in 2010.

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Imaginative guided fantasy

Imaginative guided fantasy

Julie Grove, who's a member of the REtoday editorial group, provides the tools and the rationale for some imaginative RE. She was, until recently, RE adviser in Solihull.

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Imagining new energy for RE with 11 - 14 year olds - a day conference

Imagining new energy for RE with 11 - 14 year olds - a day conference

Steph Carnell and Jane Lewis from the Diocese of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, share their experience of creating a concentrated RE experience as a way to deepen pupils' learning.

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Indoctrination, Education and God

Indoctrination, Education and God

This article is a summary of a Montgomery Trust lecture delivered for Christian Education by Professor Terence Copley in London on 6 May 2006.

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Interfaith Explorers

Interfaith Explorers

Interfaith Explorers is a free online resource designed to take pupils on a voyage of discovery through Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Its aim is to promote respect and understanding between people, particularly those of the Abrahamic faiths.

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Insight from Sikhism

Insight from Sikhism

Don't just admire others, be a hero yourself. Manjit Kaur, a Sikh who teaches RE herself, offers information and ideas about Sikhism and heroism for the primary classroom.

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Introducing Philosophy of Religion

Introducing Philosophy of Religion

This is a somewhat quirky textbook, which could be useful with gifted and talented at KS3 or for GCSE RS courses looking at Philosophy.

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Inspiring the highest achievers: challenging young people who are gifted in RE

Inspiring the highest achievers: challenging young people who are gifted in RE

Dilwyn Hunt, RE adviser in Dudley LEA, summarises four great ways to challenge the gifted and talented pupil, tried and tested“ which are also adaptable for the mainstream.

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Interactive and special RE for Special Schools

Interactive and special RE for Special Schools

Is RE important in a Special School? How do you teach RE effectively in special schools? Four final-year students from the University of Cumbria undertaking a four-year Primary QTS degree specialising in RE offer their thoughts.

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Interfaith Week at Sir Thomas Boteler School

Interfaith Week at Sir Thomas Boteler School

Assemblies are not RE, but they sometimes lead to good RE. See what happened when interfaith ideas got into the assembly programme in this Warrington School.

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Is Christianity the Only True Religion?

Is Christianity the Only True Religion?

John Hick (REsource, volume 19 issue 3, summer 1997)

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Isaac speaks: 'Some Day!'

Isaac speaks: 'Some Day!'

In this article Jane Brooke, RE Today sub editor and adviser in Cheshire, describes a way of working with the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.

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Islam in Today's World: revised edition

Islam in Today's World: revised edition

A visually appealing and colourful text , ideally suited for students following any GCSE syllabus examining Muslim responses to contemporary moral issues and ultimate questions.

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Islam: Truly a Great Religion

Islam: Truly a Great Religion

An informative book which covers the basics of Islam in a concise and considered way. It is accessible for most pupils and a good source of reference.

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Islamic art for every child

Islamic art for every child

Muslim artist and educator Razwan Ul-Haq responds to REtoday's questions about his work and perspective.

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Jehovah's Witnesses in the RE classroom.

Jehovah's Witnesses in the RE classroom.

James Holt (RE source volume 26 issue 2, spring 2004)

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Jesus is our true mother: Julian of Norwich in your classroom

Jesus is our true mother: Julian of Norwich in your classroom

John Kirk of Chapel Road School, Attleborough, has used his Farmington Fellowship term to create a set of multimedia resources to get primary pupils thinking deeply.

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Kar2ouche ~ Learning from religion

Kar2ouche ~ Learning from religion

Kar2ouche is a software package that allows students to produce posters, leaflets and (most effectively) storyboards, with the possibility of recording their own dialogue and making quite sophisticated animations.

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Keeping the Faith: The transmission of Sikhism among young British Sikhs

Keeping the Faith: The transmission of Sikhism among young British Sikhs

A research poster by Jasjit Singh.

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Learning from the goldsmith: prayer in the Sikh tradition.

Learning from the goldsmith: prayer in the Sikh tradition.

Gopinder Kaur and W Owen Cole (REsource volume 26 issue 3, summer 2004).

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Learning through concepts, growing RE skills

Learning through concepts, growing RE skills

Kath Bagley shares a process of enquiry that has enabled children in Hampshire to grow their RE skills over the last six years.

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Case Study: Investigating the Nature of Spirituality Through Art

Case Study: Investigating the Nature of Spirituality Through Art

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Cathy Lyall, Frome College.

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Let's keep A level theological.

Let's keep A level theological.

Michael Wilcockson is a principal A level examiner, author and head of department at Eton College. He offers a good lesson and an argument to show why RE at A level should be theological, not just philosophical.

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Is my body sacred? Reflecting on body image and understandings of health

Is my body sacred? Reflecting on body image and understandings of health

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by John James and Lesley Prior, The Greycoat Hospital School

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Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning Outside the Classroom

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Marianne Fleming, Our Lady & St Bede RC School.

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Little children, big questions. Teddy wonders: being puzzled is good in RE

Little children, big questions. Teddy wonders: being puzzled is good in RE

Paul Newbould, who teaches infants in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, takes the teddy on the class church visit to show that it's OK to be puzzled.

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Little Grey and the Great Mystery

Little Grey and the Great Mystery

The thread of this story is developed as an inquisitive grey squirrel sets out on an adventure to discover an answer to a question about the great mystery from where we all come.

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Local RE Groups: five years on?

Local RE Groups: five years on?

Juliet Lyal, NATRE's Local Groups Officer, reflects on the number, distribution and work of the network of NATRE-affiliated local groups of teachers.

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Looking backwards – looking forwards

Looking backwards – looking forwards

Barbara Wintersgill looks back on her time as one of the key national figures in the world of RE and, in the process, reflects on how RE might develop in the future. (REsource volume 29 issue 2, spring 2007)

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Luis and Richard Live in Peru

Luis and Richard Live in Peru

As a ‘project pivot’ which can be used for Literacy, RE, Geography, PHSCE, Environmental Studies and Assemblies this pack is well worth £30. If this is all you have in your budget for new resources, then this is the one to buy.

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Make the RE trip better: originality, creativity, inspiration

Make the RE trip better: originality, creativity, inspiration

Ruth Meharg teaches RE at Formby High School. After a residential trip to the Samye Ling Buddhist monastery in Dumfries, her pupils concocted a formula for imaginative RE trips.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools: Leadership Guide

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools: Leadership Guide

This set of guides is for teachers and school leaders who wish to improve an institution's teaching and learning. The techniques suggested are tried and tested; they draw on both academic research and the experience of practising teachers.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools: Unit 10: Group work

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools: Unit 10: Group work

Argues that teachers should use group work so that pupils can develop the skills of collaboration and independence. Group work allows students to learn from each other and arrive at a clear understanding by teaching each other. Unit 10: group work (2004). Generic Guidance

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 11: Active Engagement techniques

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 11: Active Engagement techniques

Considers how to achieve pupil engagement in thinking, drama and writing tasks.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 12: Assessment for Learning

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 12: Assessment for Learning

Shows how when assessment for learning is firmly established in the classroom pupils are actively involved in their learning, able to judge the success of their work, able to set targets for improvement and progression.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 13: Developing Reading

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 13: Developing Reading

Presents the wide variety of skills pupils require to read effectively, including decoding, deduction and inference, methods of consolidating these skills and methods of taking notes.

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Anti-racism!

Anti-racism!

Sally Elton Chalcroft reminds teachers that our mind-set matters. Every child of every race deserves a positive image.

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Antonia Rolls: Artist Extraordinaire

Antonia Rolls: Artist Extraordinaire

Antonia Rolls is a Christian artist, beloved of many teachers of RE. Her work has featured in both of REtoday's Picturing Jesus packs.

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AQA Religious Studies for AS and A2

AQA Religious Studies for AS and A2

This will be a very useful resource for any students learning ethics, especially if they are studying an AQA specification.

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Are You There, God? Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke, comedian, theological enquirer, regrets his irreligiosity – kind of! Share his wistful take on spiritual development with your pupils for some good RE lessons.

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Assemblies for Spring and Summer Festivals

Assemblies for Spring and Summer Festivals

While some adaptation may be needed depending on the ages of the pupils, assembly leaders will find a wealth of material for Christian assemblies in this reasonably priced book.

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Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi

This resource includes stories from the life of Gandhi, lesson ideas, activities for primary pupils.

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Stormzy: grime and grace PowerPoint

Stormzy: grime and grace PowerPoint illustrating the learning activities with examples of students’ work. This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Autumn 2017’s REtoday magazine.

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Assessing Religious Education at Key Stage 3

Assessing Religious Education at Key Stage 3

Barbara Wintersgill (REsource 26:3, Summer 2004).

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Assessment for Learning (2004) Objectives

Assessment for Learning (2004) Objectives

Unit 3: Developing objective–led lessons in RE. Subject–specific guidance.

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Assessment for Learning (2004) Oral Feedback

Assessment for Learning (2004) Oral Feedback

Unit 4.1: Developing oral feedback in RE. Subject–specific guidance.

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Assessment for Learning (2004) Written Feedback

Assessment for Learning (2004) Written Feedback

Unit 4.2: Developing written feedback in RE. Subject–specific guidance.

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Assessment for Learning (2004) Peer and Self–Assessment

Assessment for Learning (2004) Peer and Self–Assessment

Unit 5: Developing peer and self–assessment in RE. Subject specific guidance.

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Assessment for Learning (2004) Curriculum Targets

Assessment for Learning (2004) Curriculum Targets

Unit 6: Developing curricular target setting in RE. Subject–specific guidance.

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Awe and Curiosity: The Contribution of RE to Contemporary Education?

Awe and Curiosity: The Contribution of RE to Contemporary Education?

Duncan Forrester (REsource 24:2, Spring 2002).

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Background and Introduction to Philosophy for Children (P4C)

Background and Introduction to Philosophy for Children (P4C)

Pat Hannam sketches out both the background to, and the methodology of, Philosophy for Children with a focus on its significance for RE teachers.

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Baptising Baby Querk

In this article, Jo Crabtree of Brunshaw Primary School talks about creative play in RE and the recent christening her class arranged.

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Be a Church Detective

Be a Church Detective

This book aims to encourage the reader to explore ancient church buildings and discover the hidden secrets of crypts, vaults, towers and graveyards.

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Better than Expected: Marking Children's Progress in RE

Better than Expected: Marking Children's Progress in RE

Dave Francis (REsource 24:1, Autumn 2001). Ideas about how to organise assessment in RE.

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Beyond the Candle Flame: Thirty Reflective Bible Stories for Quiet Moments with 5–7s

Beyond the Candle Flame: Thirty Reflective Bible Stories for Quiet Moments with 5–7s

The stories in this book aim to form a foundation for Circle Time, but could also be used in RE lessons and collective worship.

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Biblos: Primary Teacher's Handbook

Biblos: Primary Teacher's Handbook

The Biblos Project is a collaboration of the University of Exeter's School of Education and Lifelong Learning and the Bible Society, boasting a 'new, lively approach to teaching the Bible in today's schools'.

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Bigger questions: Better Answers

Bigger questions: Better Answers

Lisa Kassapian, RE advisory teacher in Hertfordshire, suggests that big questions get better answers. The classroom work from Year 4 at Chater Junior School, Watford, makes the case.

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Birmingham Culture Shock: Plan that Visit Carefully

Birmingham Culture Shock: Plan that Visit Carefully

In rural East Devon, a casual walk through Small Heath, with its predominantly South Asian ambience, can be a shock to the system.

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Black Taj Mahal: A Sufi Love Story

Black Taj Mahal: A Sufi Love Story

Readers who wish to broaden their feel for the Sufi school of Islamic thought and for the sayings of Muhammad as they may relate to the modern life will enjoy this book most.

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Body and Soul: Active Learning for Relationship Education

Body and Soul: Active Learning for Relationship Education

This is a very comprehensive series of lesson plans and activities, including a DVD and photo cards that focus on relationship education.

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Boys' Achievement in Secondary Schools

Boys' Achievement in Secondary Schools

A report from Ofsted (2003) on teaching boys with recommendations of what works well.

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Brother Daniel Faivre: Learning from an Interfaith Man

Brother Daniel Faivre: Learning from an Interfaith Man

Pamela Draycott interviews Brother Daniel to create a way forward for pupils who are learning about interfaith issues.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 14: Developing Writing

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 14: Developing Writing

Argues that good writing is incredibly complex. Pupils must establish what they are writing for, what style to employ, who the reader is and how much to write. Good spelling and grammar are also essential to allow meaning to be clear.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 15: Using ICT

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 15: Using ICT

This unit considers not just the technical expertise to use certain computer programmes, but the capacity to select the appropriate programme for the task in hand.

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Buddhist Pilgrimage: An Indian Spiritual Journey

Buddhist Pilgrimage: An Indian Spiritual Journey

A high–quality, comprehensive and flexible PowerPoint-based resource – a 'must' for anyone teaching pilgrimage in Buddhism to 7–14s.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 16: Leading in Learning

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 16: Leading in Learning

Leading in Learning refers to a systematic programme for teaching the five National Curriculum thinking skills. This unit argues for the importance of teaching thinking skills and the idea that these skills equip pupils for life.

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Building Bridges Between Science and Religion: The Work of the Faraday Institute

Building Bridges Between Science and Religion: The Work of the Faraday Institute

Dr Clare Redfern outlines the kind of support for RE teachers (as well as those who teach science and philosophy) that the Faraday Institute for Religion and Science in Cambridge can offer.

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Building Up to the Sky

Building Up to the Sky

Anne Krisman (REsource 21:2, Spring 1999). How RE could be taught so that it better engages with special schools.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 17: Developing Effective Learners

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 17: Developing Effective Learners

The aim of this unit is to develop pupils as independent, reflective and collaborative learners. Unit 17: Developing effective learners (2004). Generic guidance.

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But I Love Elephants…

But I Love Elephants…

Jenny Earp is head of Coleshill CE Primary School, Buckinghamshire, and her spirituality week is a model for yours! In this article she shares the remarkable impact of a curriculum week concentrating on the human spirit.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 178 Improving the Climate for Learning

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 178 Improving the Climate for Learning

Focuses on how a positive and supportive classroom climate maximises pupil success. Such a climate is free from bullying, is fun yet orderly, is dynamic and enjoyable and is a space in which all pupils feel safe to try things out.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 19: Learning Styles

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 19: Learning Styles

Unit 19: Learning styles (2004). Generic guidance.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 1: Structuring Learning

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 1: Structuring Learning

Establishes what is required of a successful lesson design, such as clarity of aims and engagement in learners. Unit 1: Structuring learning (2004). Generic guidance.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and learning in secondary schools

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and learning in secondary schools

Unit 20: Classroom Management (2004). Generic guidance.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 2: Teaching Models

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 2: Teaching Models

Establishes that a successful lesson contains discrete learning episodes, employs a variety of pedagogical techniques and contains opportunities for praise and reflection.

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Can You See the World from Your Window?

Can You See the World from Your Window?

Case study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Ruth Price, Morpeth School, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, supported by Deborah Weston.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 3: Lesson Design for Lower Attainers

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 3: Lesson Design for Lower Attainers

Focuses on effective teaching of pupils who make slow progress. Explores the ways appropriate pedagogies can support these pupils by addressing the skills they lack. Considers emotional/ behavioural as well as academic issues.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 4: Lesson Design for Inclusion

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 4: Lesson Design for Inclusion

Focuses on pupils who run the risk of exclusion in the classroom. Ways of identifying and meeting their specific needs are considered, with the overall aim being their equal chance of success and belonging.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 5: Starters and Plenaries

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 5: Starters and Plenaries

Considers the positive effect interactive starters have on focussed, universal and productive learning into focus. Considers the positive effect of interactive plenaries which consolidate learning, demand reflection and raise learning questions for the next lesson.

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Case for Christian Values in Any School

Case for Christian Values in Any School

Neville Norcross argues for the place of values from the Christian faith in any school, developed through RE.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 6: Modelling

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 6: Modelling

Explores effective modelling where pupils meet higher standards, are able to work more independently, employ a wide range of skills and thus further consolidate these skills. Unit 6: Modelling (2004). Generic guidance.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 7: Questioning

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 7: Questioning

Establishes that effective questioning helps pupils understand the lesson better as they have to articulate the learning themselves, demands deeper thinking and helps to link prior knowledge. Unit 7: Questioning (2004). Generic guidance.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 8: Explaining

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 8: Explaining

Argues that without effective explaining abstract concept, rules and principles are unlikely to be identified by pupils independently. Unit 8: Explaining (2004). Generic guidance.

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Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 9: Guided Learning

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools - Unit 9: Guided Learning

This refers to group work, and explores how well-guided group work can enable pupils to collaborate and support each other, work independently, reflect on their progress and use the language of the subject being studied. Unit 9: Guided learning (2004). Generic guidance.

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Teacher recruitment in RE

A NATRE PowerPoint to show 'Why restoring subject knowledge enhancement grants and balancing bursaries is necessary to recruit sufficient teachers of RE for secondary schools'.

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An additional activity about what matters most in the Pope’s role.

An additional activity about what matters most in the Pope’s role.

This resource looks at what matters most to Pope Francis and provides statements for students to sort. This supports pp.6-7 of the RE Today publication 'Christians' within the 'Examining religion and belief series'.

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The minister’s nine situations, written for a Catholic priest.

This resource looks at nine problems which could be all in the priest’s in-tray on a Monday morning. This supports pp.20-21 of the RE Today publication 'Christians' within the 'Examining religion and belief series'.

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Celebrations in the Early Years

Celebrations in the Early Years

Valerie Davies shares some real–life lessons on festivals for the 4–7s.

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Certainty isn't a Sure Thing

Certainty isn't a Sure Thing

Karen Armstrong, writer in religions and TV presenter, argues that the real world is uncertain: to acknowledge our partiality and confusion is more realistic than rigid adherence to a particular point of view.

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Chapel and Labyrinth: Ritual Places and Ritual Activity at the Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln

Chapel and Labyrinth: Ritual Places and Ritual Activity at the Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln

The educative power of the physical environment of the school as well as the symbolic activities that mark the annual round.

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Children Use Their Imagination for Spirituality

Children Use Their Imagination for Spirituality

John Hammond taught RE teachers for many years and co-wrote New Methods in RE Teaching: An Experiential Approach in 1990. He fires up our issue on the imagination with four Ss.

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Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development: Primary and Early Years

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development: Primary and Early Years

Designed for those seeking QTS status, primary teachers and managers wanting to refresh their understanding of pupils' personal and academic development.

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Christianity in Action

Christianity in Action

This article presents reflections on the Archbishop of York's Young Leaders Award from four students at Manor CE Academy School, York – Luke Mulligan and Anna Robinson (year 8) and Fiona Hallam and Rob Judson (year 10).

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Christianity in Today's World, Second Edition

Christianity in Today's World, Second Edition

A visually appealing and colourful text, ideally suited for students following any GCSE syllabus examining Christian responses to contemporary moral issues and ultimate questions.

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Making it real: Jesus bags and Guru bags

Making it real: Jesus bags and Guru bags

Caroline Coster of Henlow VC Middle School, Bedfordshire, has got RE's need for touchy feely learning in the bag with her primary classes.

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Making it simple! Thoughts on assessment and progression in RE.

Making it simple! Thoughts on assessment and progression in RE.

Alan Brine (REsource volume 25 issue 1, autumn 2002)

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Making the name of God holy: poetry inspired by a line from the Lord's Prayer

Making the name of God holy: poetry inspired by a line from the Lord's Prayer

Using a line from the Lord's Prayer, children explore what it may mean to ask for the name of God to be kept holy. It may change your mind about what 9-year-olds can do in RE.

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Materials used to teach about world religions in schools in England: key findings & recommendations

Materials used to teach about world religions in schools in England: key findings & recommendations

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) investigate the materials used in schools to teach about world religions as part of RE.

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Memories Make a Difference – looking at others and ourselves through art and symbols

Memories Make a Difference – looking at others and ourselves through art and symbols

Case Study: development of a compelling learning experience by Alastair Ross, Holmfirth High School.

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Michael Rosen: the poetry of education.

Michael Rosen: the poetry of education.

Well-known poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen has recently 'starred' in 'Why Atheism', a DVD pack for schools from Team Video. In this article he shares his perspective on education.

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Multiple learning styles

Multiple learning styles

This article describes how Linda Colson, head of RE at Omagh High School, Northern Ireland, refreshed her curriculum for pupils with special needs.

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Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)

Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)

The Muslim Council of Britain has produced for sale a large box - call it a crate - of resources for primary schools. The Islamic resources packs are designed to facilitate the teaching of Islam to 5 - 11s, alongside the teaching of other world religions.

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Muslims and money in Britain today: an enquiry

Muslims and money in Britain today: an enquiry

An enquiry into Muslims and money in Britain today.

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The Impact of P4C

The Impact of P4C

Many teachers of RE, like Elizabeth Brownlow, have found that the methods associated with Philosophy for Children can add spice to RE-related work. In this article, she tells her own story of careful experimentation, reflection and analysis.

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The interpretive approach to RE: an introduction

The interpretive approach to RE: an introduction

It has sometimes been claimed that the interpretive approach to RE is difficult to grasp, particularly for those who have not worked through the method in their own practice.

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The Island - Theatre of Learning

The Island - Theatre of Learning

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Gavin Collins, North Leamington Community School and Arts College.

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The Learning Teacher

The Learning Teacher

Alison Robertson identifies why it's good to be a pagan and an RE teacher.

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The Learning Teacher - Andy Johnson

The Learning Teacher - Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson used to be a Christian Minister. In this short article he talks about his new career as an RE teacher.

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The Learning Teacher - Sikh RE Teacher

The Learning Teacher - Sikh RE Teacher

Opinderjit Kaur Takhar talks about being a Sikh and an RE teacher.

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The moving image: exploring the spirit through digital video.

The moving image: exploring the spirit through digital video.

Anne Krisman (REsource volume 29 issue 1, autumn 2006

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The Nature of Truth

The Nature of Truth

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Andrew Midwinter, Hardenhuish School.

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The reality of death: some Hindu Ideas

The reality of death: some Hindu Ideas

Lat Blaylock and Rasamandala Das suggest ideas and resources for exploring notions of death and reincarnation within the classroom. Loss and death are often the realities we most seek to avoid.

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The representation of Islam.

The representation of Islam.

Sarah Smalley (REsource volume 28 issue 3, summer 2006)

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The Russett faith garden: holy space in the open air at a special school

The Russett faith garden: holy space in the open air at a special school

Russett School, in Northwich, Cheshire, decided to enhance their RE provision and make opportunities for spiritual development by creating a faith garden.

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The Sacred world – a planet in crisis - this one!

The Sacred world – a planet in crisis - this one!

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Simon Bennett, Tudor Grange School.

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The space between us is holy: interfaith issues in religious education.

The space between us is holy: interfaith issues in religious education.

Lat Blaylock (REsource volume 21 issue 2, spring 1999)

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The Stapleford Centre: a short history

The Stapleford Centre: a short history

In this article David Morton charts the history of The Stapleford Centre. Those of a nervous disposition are advised to skip the first paragraph . . .

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The swirling hijab

The swirling hijab

In this article Kathy Bigio provides some specific and practical ways of working imaginatively in RE with 4 - 5- year-olds. Islam is often taught safely, but here children learn from Muslim dress in ways that are warm and wild.

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The true value of Christmas

The true value of Christmas

Julie Grove offers thoughts on approaching Christmas in RE.

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The twilight of atheism

The twilight of atheism

Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University, argues that, as atheism declines, new challenges emerge around the question 'What do we hope?.

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Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools

Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools

These guidelines offer guidance on preparing curriculum for teaching about religions and beliefs, preferred procedures for assuring fairness in the development of curricula, and standards for how they could be implemented.

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Tracing the trajectories of religious education: Vivienne Baumfield

Tracing the trajectories of religious education: Vivienne Baumfield

Professor Vivienne Baumfield shares some first-fruits of 'Does RE work?', a project funded by the AHRC and teh ESRC.

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Triangulating RE INSET: effective support for a new agreed syllabus.

Triangulating RE INSET: effective support for a new agreed syllabus.

Julian Stern (REsource volume 24 issue 1, autumn 2001)

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Twelve top tips for NQTs in RE

Twelve top tips for NQTs in RE

Claire Parkinson offers some tips to help you survive your first year as an RE teacher. And if you’re past your first decade, read it anyway – would you agree with the tips, and do they still apply to you today?

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Understanding the Numinous

Understanding the Numinous

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Kevin Norwood, The Hemel Hempstead School.

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Unique Creation

Unique Creation

Case Study: development of a compelling learning experience by Christine Paul, Bishopsgarth Maths & Computing School.

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Using iPods in RE

Using iPods in RE

A short article on the potential for using iPods in RE by Paul Hopkins.

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Using personal photography in the classroom as a compelling conceptual enquiry stimulus

Using personal photography in the classroom as a compelling conceptual enquiry stimulus

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Rebecca Costambeys, Costello Technology College.

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Using self assessment to enhance primary pupils' thinking and learning in RE

Using self assessment to enhance primary pupils' thinking and learning in RE

Susan Davies, Deputy Headteacher at St John's Primary School in Welwyn Garden City, shares her experiences with self assessment.

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Using technology to enhance RE teaching

Using technology to enhance RE teaching

This publication offers insight into how technology can be used by teachers of RE, highlighting opportunities to extend subject pedagogy and ICT skills.

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Video conferencing in RE

Video conferencing in RE

Stephen Pett, Head of RE at Chosen Hill School in Gloucestershire, shares the challenge of using ICT for more effective RE at four rising levels.

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Visual learning matters most in RE with 4 - 7s

Visual learning matters most in RE with 4 - 7s

Some schools struggle to find the pictures of Jewish, Muslim or Christian life that will enable learning and even when you have the pictures, some teachers are anxious about RE and not sure how to use them.

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What can we learn about religious beliefs from looking at paintings?

What can we learn about religious beliefs from looking at paintings?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Susan Kembalu, St Thomas More Catholic School, London Borough of Haringey, and supported by Denise Chaplin.

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What does Islam look like in practice? The Five Pillars in Barking.

What does Islam look like in practice? The Five Pillars in Barking.

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Fiona Etienne, Eastbury Comprehensive School, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, supported by Janet Dyson.

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What does it mean to be a Muslim in Barking?

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Barking?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Farzana Hassan, Barking Abbey School, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, supported by Janet Dyson.

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What does our local Anglican church reveal about the Christian faith and community?

What does our local Anglican church reveal about the Christian faith and community?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Delyse Leslie of Stoke Newington School, London Borough of Hackney, and supported by Karl D'Cruz.

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What goes wrong with interfaith dialogue and why it's worth fixing.

What goes wrong with interfaith dialogue and why it's worth fixing.

Dr Chris Hewer is the author of Understanding Islam: The First Ten Steps and Principal Consultant on the Understanding Islam distance learning programme in the Understanding Faiths series.

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What I want teachers to know about Judaism.

What I want teachers to know about Judaism.

Samantha Blendis (REsource volume 22 issue 3, summer 2000)

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What is a SACRE?

What is a SACRE?

A short article explaining what a SACRE is and how it supports teachers.

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What is the impact of religion on our community?

What is the impact of religion on our community?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Nathalie Chambers of George Mitchell School, London Borough of Waltham Forest, and supported by Lynne Broadbent.

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What makes a good RE teacher

What makes a good RE teacher

The RE Council (REsource volume 20 issue 2, Spring 1998)

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What would you like to ask God? Challenging questions: a reflective story for RE.

What would you like to ask God? Challenging questions: a reflective story for RE.

In this article, Lat Blaylock and Alison Phillips provide a guided story script designed to challenge pupils to deep thinking about big questions, and some interesting examples of pupils' spiritual reflection.

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Where is God?

Where is God?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Sarah Heath, Plashet School, London Borough of Newham, supported by Claire Clinton.

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Who is Jesus? What are the key teachings of Jesus for Christians today?

Who is Jesus? What are the key teachings of Jesus for Christians today?

First thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Adele Rood of Seven Kings High School, London Borough of Redbridge, and supported by Claire Clinton.

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Why did God make the jellyfish? If so, why?

Why did God make the jellyfish? If so, why?

Kathy Bigio, who works in Lancashire advising early years teachers, shares some ideas that use jelly for RE. Is there no end to the scope of the subject? Can we get sponsorship from Jell-O?

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Why ethics? Does it make challenging RE?

Why ethics? Does it make challenging RE?

Farmington Fellow Jeanette Wade justifies RE's use of ethics, and shows you how to use Top Trumps for some religiously challenging lessons about heroism and inspiration.

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Why is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible worth celebrating?

Why is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible worth celebrating?

The Reverend Dr Michael Brydon shares a perspective on one of the key religious events of the year: the King James Bible’s 400th birthday.

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Windows, Mirrrors and Doors

Windows, Mirrrors and Doors

Ways in to creating a school policy for Spiritual Development

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Work-related learning at key stage 4

Work-related learning at key stage 4

Guidance for Religious Education (2005)

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Wrestling with RE

Wrestling with RE

In a recent edition of REsource, an RE teacher, Mark Cocker, who was a trained opera singer sketched out some of the parallels between RE and opera.

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A Piece of Me: An Exploration of Identity Using Digital Photography

A Piece of Me: An Exploration of Identity Using Digital Photography

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Dave Bennett, Babington Community Technology College.

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Bloody RE and Experiential Learning Incorporating Art, Some Drama and a Little Science

Bloody RE and Experiential Learning Incorporating Art, Some Drama and a Little Science

Case study: development of a compelling learning experience by Bethan Ruth, Frankley Community High School.

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That's offensive. Perspectives on reliigious offence in advertising.

That's offensive. Perspectives on reliigious offence in advertising.

Reverend Canon Professor Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College, Oxford. He’s not scared of adverts that offend. Good job, because he used to chair the Advertising Standards Agency.

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The Lion Classic Bible

The Lion Classic Bible

An excellent book for the classroom, school library or home bookshelf. Adults and children can share anbd explore texts that offer both purpose and meaning for life.

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The Man Called Jesus

The Man Called Jesus

This Man called Jesus is an easy-to-run Easter play complete with music and cross-curricular project work from the inspirational pen of composer Eleanor Jeans.

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The Spirit of the Child

The Spirit of the Child

This book is a must for those who want to deepen their understanding of the importance of 'the spiritual dimension' in child development generally and in their education particularly. It is thought provoking, stimulating and well written.

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The Thoughtful Guide to Christianity

The Thoughtful Guide to Christianity

This book, focusing on thinking through issues to do with Christian faith and belief, explores the nature of truth and religion and experience

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The Young Atheist's Handbook

The Young Atheist's Handbook

Shaha has constructed a charmingly readable journey through some of the most enduring philosophical territory, weaving memories and thoughtful anecdotes into a powerful story of hope and truth.

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Think God, Think Science: Conversations on Life, the Universe and Faith

Think God, Think Science: Conversations on Life, the Universe and Faith

This book explores three key questions on the interface between religion and science: the origin of the universe; the origin of human life; the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Think RE 1: Interactive Presentations

Think RE 1: Interactive Presentations

A very professionally presented file, supported by interactive CD-ROMs that will enable challenging and thoughtful KS3 RE to be delivered with additional enhancements

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Water, moon, candle, tree and sword

Water, moon, candle, tree and sword

This DVD provides a reasonably priced and well-made source of good multi-faith RE for children in the 4-8 age range (the labelling says 5-7, but they are flexible). Five faiths are each dealt with through the eyes of a child who's a member, and through a story.

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We're changing our world

We're changing our world

A video and DVD teaching pack from Christian Aid designed for 7 - 11 year olds and based on the organisation's work in Kenya. A teachers' pack is included.

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What Do You Believe?

What Do You Believe?

Provided the teacher uses the book cautiously and is aware of the difficulties referred to in the full review, this book could be a reasonably priced and very useful, attractive, classroom resource to research religions and introduce philosophy of religion to 7 - 11s.

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Who was ...St Francis of Assisi?

Who was ...St Francis of Assisi?

This volume on the life of St Francis is part of the Short Books series of biographies of famous historical figures.

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Why Atheism?

Why Atheism?

A DVD resource designed specifically to introduce students to some of the key issues in humanism and atheism. A stimulating and engaging resource which represents excellent value for money.

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Why do People Suffer?

Why do People Suffer?

This book is a good text to use instead of a textbook, a suitable primary source for religious learning. Ask a bright student to read it and summarise it in a talk to the class.

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Worlds of Faith

Worlds of Faith

A CD-ROM which aims to provide an introduction to six world faiths for 9 - 14 year olds. A disappointing resource which is not recommended, other than as a source of video clips ideal for independent use with an interactive whiteboard.

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Worship and Sacred Places

Worship and Sacred Places

Worship and Sacred Places encourages knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, especially as practised in the UK. It covers the beliefs of each religion, the nature and significance of worship, and the importance of sacred places.

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Moral Philosophy: a guide to ethical theory

Moral Philosophy: a guide to ethical theory

This textbook, part of the Philosophy in Focus series, provides a good introduction to moral philosophy and ethical theories in an accessible and student-centred way.

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Moral Problems, second edition

Moral Problems, second edition

This new edition of Moral Problems offers the reader the opportunity to explore extracts of major philosophical works in ethical theory. This is achieved through a mix of primary sources, commentary, questions and exercises.

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Moving On Up: Using stories from religions to explore beliefs about God

Moving On Up: Using stories from religions to explore beliefs about God

An attractive, practical and user-friendly publication from RE Today Services, aimed at facilitating transition between Key Stages 2 and 3. It uses narratives from six major world religions to explore beliefs about God.

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KS1 RE - Exploring Parables: The Good Samaritan

KS1 RE - Exploring Parables: The Good Samaritan

Reception teacher Jo Bailey introduces the story of The Good Samaritan to her class at Fairlop Primary school in Essex.

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Reasons and reasoning in AT2

Reasons and reasoning in AT2

A follow up to an article by Dilwyn Hunt the Summer 2011 edition of REsource (33: 3, 6-8). In this sequel, the author gives examples of what this oft-ignored dimension of AT2 might look like in practice.

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Reconciliation: The Heart of Peace

Reconciliation: The Heart of Peace

A study-reflection guide based on the Pax Christi Icon of Peace.

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Reflecting on being Buddhist in Britain today

Reflecting on being Buddhist in Britain today

REtoday sub-editor Chris Boxley wanted to get some first-hand authentic reflections on Buddhist life in the UK today.

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Reflection: a gift to the child

Reflection: a gift to the child

Julie Grove reflects on the methods of RE that give a non-religious gift to the child.

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Reflective & creative RE with Kar2ouche

Reflective & creative RE with Kar2ouche

How can students be helped to develop the skills of interpretation and analysis in RE? How might they become more confident in presenting their ideas to others? Stephen Pett, hit on the idea of using Kar2ouche.

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Relations between Christians and Muslims

Relations between Christians and Muslims

In the real world, religions don't always sing in harmony. In the real world, hard questions must be asked about relations between Christians and Muslims.

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Religion and Life: Christianity

Religion and Life: Christianity

This book has been designed to support the teaching of the Edexcel GCSE specification for Religious Studies and allows pupils to reflect and analyse their own perception of Christianity as a world religion reflected through what it is to be a Christian.

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Religious Education and Change

Religious Education and Change

Brian Gates gave the opening address at the annual conference of the Association of RE Advisers, Inspectors and Consultants (AREIAC), held in Peterborough in July 2006.

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Religious education and pupils from 'mixed faith' famiies

Religious education and pupils from 'mixed faith' famiies

A recent major piece of research has some important implications for those who want to provide a form of RE that is both accurate and sensitive to the needs of today’s children and the communities to which they belong.

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Peer and self-assessment in RE

Peer and self-assessment in RE

Developing peer and self-assessment in RE (2004).

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Philosophising about God with eight-year-olds

Philosophising about God with eight-year-olds

Julie Graham and Ajai Zutshi of Ascot Heath CE Junior School have been discussing God with Year 4 children.

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Philosophy in RE. Lisa Simpson - icon of our times?

Philosophy in RE. Lisa Simpson - icon of our times?

Tessa Taylor shares imaginative ideas about using The Simpsons for some good learning in RE. Tessa teaches RE at Chaucer Technology School in Canterbury.

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Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Religion

An outstanding primer in the philosophy of religion for Advanced level students.

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Physical movement within RE – looking at Salah

Physical movement within RE – looking at Salah

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Rebecca Ruddock, South Wirral High School.

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Primary RE with ICT: A pupil’s entitlement

Primary RE with ICT: A pupil’s entitlement

ICT offers a range of powerful tools to help pupils to learn, and this document provides examples of how it supports, enhances and develops learning and teaching in religious education (RE).

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Professor John Hick: A hero to some a villain to others

Professor John Hick: A hero to some a villain to others

Geoff Teece interviewed Professor John Hick for REtoday, exploring what it's like to be a religious hero to some and a villain to others.

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Promoting tolerance and respect for all in RE

Promoting tolerance and respect for all in RE

This article describes a project set up to allow a group of students from different religions to work together to explore each others' religion in more depth.

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Psalms and music from a Jewish perspective

Here Norma Massel provides a perspective on the Psalms, the Tehillim. Why not get your pupils to read selected Psalms, and create texts of their own that show their learning from the Psalms?

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Puddles Lends a Paw

Puddles Lends a Paw

A clearly and well written, brightly illustrated book for young children in which Puddles the cat explores a church and meets people who help, an opportunity to use a fiction text to explore Christianity in a simple way.

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QCA Unit of work for Foundation Stage

QCA Unit of work for Foundation Stage

How do some people remind themselves of God when they are at home?

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QCA Unit of work for Foundation Stage

QCA Unit of work for Foundation Stage

Why are some places holy for some people?

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QCA unit of work for Key Stage 1, Year 1.

QCA unit of work for Key Stage 1, Year 1.

Why do Hindus believe that everything belongs to God?

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QCA unit of work for Key Stage 1, Year 2

QCA unit of work for Key Stage 1, Year 2

What do people believe about God?

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 3

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 3

Why do some people think Jesus is inspirational?

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 4

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 4

How and why do people celebrate religious festivals?

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 5

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 5

What do places of worship teach us about religions?

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 6

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 2, Year 6

How can beliefs and values serve as a guide for moral decision making? Part A: Individuals.

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 3, Year 7

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 3, Year 7

How can beliefs and values serve as a guide for moral decision making? Part B: Communities

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 3, Year 8

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 3, Year 8

How do people express their spirituality through the creative arts?

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QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 3, Year 9

QCA Unit of work for Key Stage 3, Year 9

How can we answer questions about creation and origins? Learning from religion and science: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Humanism - Year 9

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Raising boys' achievement through Buddhism

Raising boys' achievement through Buddhism

Isobel Gilchrist (REsource volume 25 Issue 1, Autumn 2002)

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RE and school effectiveness

RE and school effectiveness

Julian Stern (REsource volume 23 Issue 1, Autumn 2000)

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RE and the Foundation Stage

RE and the Foundation Stage

A short article by Marilyn Bowles, AST indicating a range of resources for RE in the Foundation Stage to assist teachers in their curriculum development and planning.

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RE as a focus for improving teaching and learning in a special school

RE as a focus for improving teaching and learning in a special school

Tim O'Brien (REsource, volume 19 Issue 1, Autumn 1996)

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RE at the heart of Community Cohesion

RE at the heart of Community Cohesion

Neil Ruckman, education consultant for The Faith Works Trust at Spring Meadow Farm looks at how RE is at the heart of community cohesion.

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RE in one Special School

RE in one Special School

Jane Brooke visited Dee Banks School to see how RE was taught in a Special School. Small steps in learning and careful objectives imply something to learn for every RE teacher, mainstream or special.

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RE in the real world: tell it like it is

RE in the real world: tell it like it is

We asked a selection of readers of REtoday to think about their RE reality at the moment. Here's some wisdom they sent us back.

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Real Children, Real Families, Real RE.

Real Children, Real Families, Real RE.

Marilyn Bowles, NATRE Executive member, lets ICT open up religious family life for all pupils in her class of 4 - 5year olds.

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Religious education provision in primary schools.

Religious education provision in primary schools.

Barbara Wintersgill (REsource volume 25 issue 2, spring 2003)

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Religious education risks, routes and religion.

Religious education risks, routes and religion.

Julie Grove (REsource volume 26 issue 1, autumn 2003)

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Religious Education through Philosophical enquiry: Journeying beyond truth.

Religious Education through Philosophical enquiry: Journeying beyond truth.

Pat Hannam (REsource volume 28 issue 3, summer 2006)

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Religious Experience

Religious Experience

A highly recommended, basic and accessible introductory text book for AS and A level students.

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Remembering Jesus: teaching crucifixion in primary schools

Remembering Jesus: teaching crucifixion in primary schools

Sue Glover, Advisory Primary Teacher for RE in Cheshire, shares some inspiration for the Christian festival that might be even more significant than Christmas.

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Research Poster: RE in the experience of young people from mixed-faith families

Research Poster: RE in the experience of young people from mixed-faith families

Find out how parents of young people of mixed-faith backgrounds experienced schools and religious education and what their views of these are.

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Research Poster: Religion youth and sexuality - a multifaith exploration

Research Poster: Religion youth and sexuality - a multifaith exploration

An exploration of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, living in the UK, who identified with one of six different religious traditions.

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Resolving Conflict

Resolving Conflict

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Joanne Fellows, Yewlands Technology College.

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Respect for everyone

Respect for everyone

All Saints School in Sandwell decided to have a special week of work on RE, with a focus on respect for everyone. Themes of community, faith and identity were addressed in a punchy week of activities.

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Responses to injustice

Responses to injustice

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Leila Hedges, Moat Community College.

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Role of subject leaders

Role of subject leaders

Securing improvement: the role of subject leaders (2002). Generic guidance.

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Say Hello To...

Say Hello To...

'Say Hello To...' is designed to provide a framework for young children to encounter the beliefs and practices of six religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

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SCAA Glossary of terms

SCAA Glossary of terms

SCAA Glossary of terms in Religious Education (6 religions)

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Science and Religion in Schools: a guide to the issues for primary schools

Science and Religion in Schools: a guide to the issues for primary schools

A very useful resource addressing issues raised by the interface between science and religion across the 7 to 11 age range, providing practical help through the clearly laid out book and accessible CD-ROM.

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Science and Religion in Schools: a guide to the issues for secondary schools

Science and Religion in Schools: a guide to the issues for secondary schools

A very useful resource addressing issues raised by the interface between science and religion across the 11 to 19 age range.

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Science and Religion: Terraforming

Science and Religion: Terraforming

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Paul Hopkins.

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Secondary RE with ICT: A pupil’s entitlement

Secondary RE with ICT: A pupil’s entitlement

ICT offers a range of powerful tools to help pupils to learn, and this document provides examples of how it supports, enhances and develops learning and teaching in secondary religious education (RE).

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Self and peer assessment: making assessment for learning happen

Self and peer assessment: making assessment for learning happen

Olivia Seymour sums up her experience of sharing the assessment load with pupils themselves.

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Self-assessment for beginners

Self-assessment for beginners

Nigel Fancourt (Head of RE, Lord Williamson's School, Thame, Oxfordshire, shares some of his research into classroom assessment.

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Self-evaluation for RE: making use of a free toolkit for subject leaders and heads of department

Self-evaluation for RE: making use of a free toolkit for subject leaders and heads of department

Joy Stanford explains how using a new self-evaluation toolkit helped her promote RE through the Ofsted inspection process.

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Self-evaluation in RE

Self-evaluation in RE

A toolkit for subject leaders (2005)

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Sensory Hindu worship

Sensory Hindu worship

Mandy Green, who teaches RE at a Special School in Peterborough for children with multiple learning difficulties, shares a special RE lesson for all the senses on Hindu worship.

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Seventeen-year-olds: more spiritual than religious, less atheistic than you may have thought.

Seventeen-year-olds: more spiritual than religious, less atheistic than you may have thought.

Lat Blaylock (REsource volume 28 issue 1, autumn 2005)

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Should the state fund 'schools with a religious character'?

Should the state fund 'schools with a religious character'?

Denise Cush (Resource volume 25 issue 2, spring 2003)

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Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter

Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter

This is a beautifully presented book, retelling the story of Jesus' birth with sensitivity and depth. It is also a book with a wealth of possibilities for the classroom.

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Six RE teachers share their views about RE

Six RE teachers share their views about RE

And now for some idealism. Six RE teachers share their views about the difference RE makes.

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Six schools of thought in RE

Six schools of thought in RE

Lat Blaylock (REsource 27 issue 1, autumn 2004).

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SMSCD: a bluffer's guide

SMSCD: a bluffer's guide

Heather Marshall and the members of a NATRE action group provide a bluffer's guide to SMSCD - personal development in the context of rE.

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So now you're starting at the big school!

So now you're starting at the big school!

Julie Grove challenges the secondary RE teacher to dump the 'Cook's Tour of Religions' and start well: how about some philosophy and some group work on images of the divine.

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Special People, Special Places

Special People, Special Places

This book certainly offers helpful insights into the concept of pilgrimage and enables pupils to make those connections between Christian pilgrimage and everyday life. Highly commended!

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Spirited Arts

Spirited Arts

This book is packed with ideas on how to use art as a resource in the classroom. It includes eight coloured picture cards from the 'Art in Heaven' competition, drawing on artwork created by pupils from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, and also other more well-known works of art.

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Spirited Poetry - Reflections about God, Life and Faith

Spirited Poetry - Reflections about God, Life and Faith

Both the book alone and the book-CD-ROM package are highly recommended as a rich vein of children's and young people's spiritual thoughts expressed through poetry. A privilege to have access to.

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Spiritual imagination: energy for RE

Spiritual imagination: energy for RE

Peter Privett, a @Godly Play' tutor, urges teachers to attend to their own spirituality and imagination as much as that of their pupils.

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Spirituality and Sport

Spirituality and Sport

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Angus Dawson, The Royal Manor Arts College.

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Spirituality and the Creative Arts

Spirituality and the Creative Arts

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Liz Pope, Highworth Grammar School for Girls.

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Spirituality for the second city

Spirituality for the second city

Alison Young, who teaches at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham, grapples again with the slippery language of spirituality, and finds that pupils can make sense of it.

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Storytelling to children: 10 tips

Storytelling to children: 10 tips

Lat Blaylock editor of REtoday magazine, sets out ten tips to make stories really work to engage and provoke pupils in RE.

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Survival tips for RE non-specialists

Survival tips for RE non-specialists

Survival tips for RE non-specialists.

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Taking the Holocaust seriously in RE

Taking the Holocaust seriously in RE

Michelle Smith shares the rejuvenating feeling and experience, and offers challenging ideas for RE teaching around Holocaust issues.

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Talking for thinking in RE

Talking for thinking in RE

Richard Eke and John Lee, from the University of the West of England, present some of their research findings that show RE is sometimes the best curriculum subject for learning through talk.

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Task setting in religious education at key stage 3 (11 - 14s): A response to Barbara Wintersgill

Task setting in religious education at key stage 3 (11 - 14s): A response to Barbara Wintersgill

A response to Barbara Wintersgill (REsource volume 23 issue 2, spring 2001)

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Task-setting in religious education at key stage 3: A comparison with History and English

Task-setting in religious education at key stage 3: A comparison with History and English

Barbara Wintersgill HMI (REsource volume 22 issue 3, summer 2000)

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Teachers enable children to grow

Raconteur, Yorkshire wit and former school inspector Professor Gervase Phinn spoke at the launch of the Northamptonshire RE Agreed Syllabus this spring.

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Teaching about Islam and learning about Muslims: Islamophobia in the classroom.

Teaching about Islam and learning about Muslims: Islamophobia in the classroom.

Sarah Smalley (REsource volume 27 issue 2, spring 2005).

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Teaching about science and religion.

Teaching about science and religion.

Mike Poole (REsource volume 26 issue 1, autumn 2003)

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Teaching and a teacher's faith and beliefs

Teaching and a teacher's faith and beliefs

James Holt argues that a teacher’s underlying beliefs and values can form an important element of their formation as a teacher.

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Teaching Islam in the 21st century

Teaching Islam in the 21st century

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Susan Wilson, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

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Teaching RE to gifted, talented and exceptionally able pupils.

Teaching RE to gifted, talented and exceptionally able pupils.

Lat Blaylock (REsource volume 23 issue 3, summer 2001)

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Ten Beginnings in RE for children in the Foundation Stage

Ten Beginnings in RE for children in the Foundation Stage

Here are 10 flexible sets of learning ideas for children in the 4–5 age group. What could your school make more use of from this list? Which ones are you already doing well? And what would be numbers 11–15 if you wrote them? By Lat Blaylock.

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Ten Characteristics of RE

Ten Characteristics of RE

Brian Gates explains how he came to formulate the "Ten Characteristics of RE" in the way that he did.

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Ten Ideas for better classroom talk with 4 - 7s

Ten Ideas for better classroom talk with 4 - 7s

'How can children understand the concept of God when it is so abstract?' John Hull proceeded to answer these questions using illustrations of conversations with small children.

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Ten ways to grow the reflective dimensions of your RE

Here are ten simple, flexible ideas for building more reflection into some popular RE topics for 5–14 year olds.

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The A Club: The Blogs of Abi Goodenough

The A Club: The Blogs of Abi Goodenough

It could find a place in the fiction section of a school library but is more likely to be popular with parents concerned about some of the potentially unhelpful influences present in the books their teenagers are reading.

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The art of religious education.

The art of religious education.

Rachel Barker (REsource volume 24 issue 3, summer 2002)

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The Authorised Version

The Authorised Version

2011 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Bible, also known as the King James Bible. As Margaret Cooling shows is this article, this English translation of the Bible has had a far-reaching impact on our culture: art, and music, language, politics and education.

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The Bible: The Big Story

The Bible: The Big Story

This is a very welcome addition to textbooks on the Bible and presents the material with a clear, engaging and open approach.

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The Buddha and Buddhism

The Buddha and Buddhism

This book, part of Hodder Wayland's Religious Lives series, provides useful information about the Buddha and Buddhism, presented in ways that are accessible for the 9 to 11 (upper Key Stage 2) age range and for less able readers in the lower part of Key Stage 3 (11-12 year olds).

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The Church School of the Future Review

The Church School of the Future Review

A review of the future of Church School provision commissioned by the Church of England and chaired by Dr Priscilla Chadwick. Published March 2012.

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The Clear Vision Trust: a short history

The Clear Vision Trust: a short history

A short history of The Clear Vision Trust by Munisha.

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The Compact Guide to the Bible

The Compact Guide to the Bible

This book will help readers contextualise their understanding of the Bible more fully. It will be of particular use where the focus of study is the history and culture of the Bible, and in more specifically faith-based settings.

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The Compact Guide to World Religions

The Compact Guide to World Religions

This is an extremely useful text for teachers who may not be so familiar with some faiths. You would be safe in recommending it to older pupils as a secure way to ensure that they understood the basic of any faith they are studying.

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The Complete Bible Baddies

The Complete Bible Baddies

This is a gripping collection of stories based on some of the more unsavoury characters in the Bible, all humorous, energetic, witty and thought provoking.

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The Face to Faith Project: grasping the 'nettle' of religion

The Face to Faith Project: grasping the 'nettle' of religion

Ian Jamison writes about the early stages of one global schools project which has been made possible by advances in information technology.

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DFE Teacher Standards 2013: An RE Exemplification

DFE Teacher Standards 2013: An RE Exemplification

This is a support tool to help individual teachers interpret the DfE standards in relation to RE. It could be used for self–audit or in the context of professional development.

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Curriculum for Pupils With Learning Difficulties in RE

Curriculum for Pupils With Learning Difficulties in RE

Planning, teaching and assessing the curriculum in RE for pupils with learning difficulties (2001).

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Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with Conflict

What is most powerful about this pack is that fact that it has been developed from a real situation, using real examples from the lives of real people who have dealt with conflict together and non-violently.

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Dealing With Death, Coping With Life

Dealing With Death, Coping With Life

Deb Padfield teaches RE at Wood Green School, Witney. She suggests that there’s no taboo in thinking about death. In fact, it is grown-up to do so.

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Dealing With the Dark Side: Evil and Theology

Dealing With the Dark Side: Evil and Theology

Elizabeth Templeton (REsource 20:1, Autumn 1997).

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Deep Learning Through Day Conferences in RE

Deep Learning Through Day Conferences in RE

Hazel Parker organises exciting RS Deep Learning Days. She reports here on one for 13–14 year olds in Year 9, beginning GCSE RS in the summer term.

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Developing Citizens

Developing Citizens

This book provides some useful insights into Citizenship as a curriculum subject in secondary school. Those RE teachers who are particularly keen, or sceptical, about Citizenship and its relationship with RE would do well to dip into it.

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Developing Evaluation Skills in the Humanities

Developing Evaluation Skills in the Humanities

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience, by Kathryn Wright, Methwold High School.

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Digi-video of Worship: 7–9 year olds in Coventry Make Their Own

Digi-video of Worship: 7–9 year olds in Coventry Make Their Own

Work from Little Heath School, Coventry, shows that trusting children at this urban, rather disadvantaged community school with a camera to take home was well worth the risk.

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Digital Storytelling – Faith in the Workplace

Digital Storytelling – Faith in the Workplace

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience, by Olivia Seymour, Archbishop Holgate's CE (A) School.

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Dinner in the Lions' Den

Dinner in the Lions' Den

The book provides a fresh focus on the popular Bible story by emphasising the importance of the angel sent by God in answer to Daniel's prayer. It is a thoroughly enjoyable book to listen to and great fun for the teacher to read aloud.

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Diversity in the Jewish Tradition

Diversity in the Jewish Tradition

As a Member of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, Deirdre Burke gives an insider's perspective on Liberal Judaism: a path of conviction, not concession.

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Does Charity Begin at Home?

Does Charity Begin at Home?

Case study: investigating responses to poverty with a link school in Africa, by Sue Wilson and Nikki Warrender, Verdin High School.

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Don't Abort the Brain

Don't Abort the Brain

Ten ways to teach birth issues and sanctity of life better in RE

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Educating the Whole Person

Educating the Whole Person

Dave Francis (REsource 27:3, Summer 2005).

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Education and Learning: A Humanist Perspective

Education and Learning: A Humanist Perspective

Andrew Copson writes the fifth article in the series in which NATRE asked adherents from a range of religious and belief systems to explore education and learning from their own group’s history and perspective.

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Education and Learning: a Muslim Perspective

Education and Learning: a Muslim Perspective

This is the fourth in a series of articles in which we have invited educationalists from particular faith backgrounds to write about education and learning from that faith's perspective. By Ibrahim Hewitt.

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Education for Global Citizenship: A Guide for Schools

Education for Global Citizenship: A Guide for Schools

A practical guide that shows teachers how to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and values which they need to secure an equitable and sustainable world.

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Electronic Revision Guide

Electronic Revision Guide

Case study: development of a compelling learning experience, by Amanda Head, Graham School Science College.

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Enacting a Christening

Enacting a Christening

Sandra Sanders, who teaches at Wentworth Church of England School in Rotherham, shows you how much children can learn from a doll's christening.

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Encouraging Reflection and Expression for Spiritual Development

Encouraging Reflection and Expression for Spiritual Development

In this article Michael Beesley distils some wisdom: how can we help pupils in RE to reflect and express themselves with clarity and depth?

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Ethics and Moral Issues (Specials! RE)

Ethics and Moral Issues (Specials! RE)

A clear collection of 'instant copiable RE lessons', aimed at pupils with lower reading abilities.

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Ethnography for Pupils

Ethnography for Pupils

The interpretive approach is rooted in ethnographic methods of enquiry. With her usual clarity, Joyce Miller explains how such methods can be applied to RE in order to enhance the quality of learning that takes place.

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Every Child Matters and RE

Every Child Matters and RE

Helen Harrison explores how RE makes a significant contribution to the ECM outcomes.

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Everyone Visiting Everywhere!

Everyone Visiting Everywhere!

Caroline Smith, RE co-ordinator at Temple Park Infants School in South Shields, thinks that a broad experience for every child includes lots of visits to places of worship for 4–7s. In this article she tells you how and why.

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Excellence and Enjoyment

Excellence and Enjoyment

Excellence and enjoyment: a strategy for primary schools (2003).

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Exodus 20

Exodus 20

A stimulating, flexible and challenging DVD-based resource, providing contemporary insights and opportunity for reflection on the 10 Commandments.

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Exploring Churches

Exploring Churches

A resource enabling teachers and parents of all ages and abilities to make the most of a visit to a church and churchyard.

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Exploring Iconic Images

Exploring Iconic Images

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience by Ed Pawson, The King's School.

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Exploring the Beliefs of 16–19 Year Olds, Part 2: Respect, Human Rights, Life After Death

Exploring the Beliefs of 16–19 Year Olds, Part 2: Respect, Human Rights, Life After Death

Lat Blaylock (REsource 29:1, Autumn 2006).

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Fairy Lights and Sand Trays: Tools for Spirituality?

Fairy Lights and Sand Trays: Tools for Spirituality?

Rachel Warwick describes the practice of prayer spaces in schools: is this most appropriate in church schools, or would it work well in community schools? Is it RE, spiritual development, school worship or what?

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Faith Studies and Ethics for AQA

Faith Studies and Ethics for AQA

This is not just another revision book but an attractive and informative resource. It will be useful to staff and students taking AQA Short Course Specification B to support the programme of study. Highly recommended.

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Festivals and Festivals 2

Festivals and Festivals 2

Festivals and Festivals 2 are DVD packs with supporting posters.

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Finding Approaches to RE that Matter: Mary Stone's Continuing Journey

Finding Approaches to RE that Matter: Mary Stone's Continuing Journey

Mary Stone reflects on her more than 60 years of working with children and teachers. Mary was a pioneer in searching out styles of RE and learning that really mattered.

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Five Multi-religious Lessons for Primary RE on Giving Money Away in the Credit Crunch

Five Multi-religious Lessons for Primary RE on Giving Money Away in the Credit Crunch

Julia Sandiford Mitchell, headteacher at Shawclough Primary School, wanted her pupils to think about credit, Woolworths and giving money away in RE.

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Five Principles of RE and Homework

Five Principles of RE and Homework

Julian Stern (REsource 20:2, Spring 1998).

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From Page to Practice: Creative RE Using a Local Agreed Syllabus

From Page to Practice: Creative RE Using a Local Agreed Syllabus

The authors of this article encourage teachers to be creative in using a local Agreed Syllabus and scheme of work's RE material, using the Lancashire ‘Field of Enquiry’ model as an example.

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From Raisin to Grape

From Raisin to Grape

Will Ord (REsource 25:1, Autumn 2002).

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From Sheffield Desk to Oxford Chair: Reflections on a Professional Lifetime in RE

From Sheffield Desk to Oxford Chair: Reflections on a Professional Lifetime in RE

In this article, Terence Copley traces his career, noting along the way the many events and influences with which he had to contend.

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From Zero to Hero: Can a Murderer Turn to God to Set a Whole Nation Free?

From Zero to Hero: Can a Murderer Turn to God to Set a Whole Nation Free?

This article comments on some aspects of the story of Moses and draws out six suggestions for classroom activities.

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Gaia and Climate Change: A Theology of Gift Events

Gaia and Climate Change: A Theology of Gift Events

In brief, this book considers environmental responsibility in relation to both the modern concept of Gaia and the more fragmented environmentalism that preceded it.

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GCSE and GCE Changes

GCSE and GCE Changes

An update on changes in GCSE and GCE examinations proposed in 2006.

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Green Day: RE Enrichment for Moreside High School

This article shows what happened when David Levine, head of RE at Moorside High School, and the writer's RE PGCE trainees did some work on RE Enrichment with Moorside Year 9 pupils.

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Growing in RE

Growing in RE

Guidance on teaching RE in special schools, by Anne Krisman for REtoday.

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Growing Up With RE

Growing Up With RE

We asked some young people coming towards the end of RE learning what it has been worth. Thanks to Miriam Frampton, head of RE at Hitchin Girls' School in Hertfordshire, for all her help with the article.

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Guided Imagination as a Basis for Understanding the Importance of Special Places

Guided Imagination as a Basis for Understanding the Importance of Special Places

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience, by James Holt, Parrs Wood High School.

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Guru Nanak and Mardana

Guru Nanak and Mardana

A story from Sikhism: a lifelong friendship and the start of something big.

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Guru Nanak and Sikhism

Guru Nanak and Sikhism

This book, part of Hodder Wayland's Religious Lives series, provides useful information about the Buddha and Buddhism, presented in ways that are accessible for the 9–11 age range and for less–able readers in the lower part of Key Stage 3.

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Harnessing technology

Harnessing technology

Harnessing technology: transforming learning and children's services (2005).

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Hesitation: A Spiritual Gift

Hesitation: A Spiritual Gift

The summer meeting of the RE Council of England and Wales, held in the beautiful Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints in Knightsbridge, heard from the then–Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Rowan Williams.

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Hindu Worship at Home and in the Temple: Using Digital Video and Email With 8–9 year olds

Hindu Worship at Home and in the Temple: Using Digital Video and Email With 8–9 year olds

Using digital video and e-mail is a brilliant way of encountering religion, but something that is not always a very easy thing to organise.

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Hinduism: A New Approach, Second Edition

Hinduism: A New Approach, Second Edition

This textbook is a really useful introduction to Hinduism for GCSE students, and it will provide teachers with good background knowledge on which to build their classroom practice.

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Hints and Guesses: Creativity and Religious Education

Hints and Guesses: Creativity and Religious Education

Derek Webster (REsource 27:2, Spring 2005).

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HMI Annual Report

HMI Annual Report

The annual report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools 2005/2006.

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Homosexuality: exposing the fault lines in Christianity.

Homosexuality: exposing the fault lines in Christianity.

Colin Johnson (volume 26 issue 2,spring 2004)

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How are key Muslim beliefs shown in a mosque?

How are key Muslim beliefs shown in a mosque?

First thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Paul Christian, Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School, London Borough of Hackney.

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How can you tell if the inner voice is real

How can you tell if the inner voice is real

Lat Blaylock provokes you to tackle the topic of the reality of the inner voice with pupils: Is it mania, or norm, God or our own demons? When should we listen to it, and when should we laugh at it?

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How do people face up to good and evil?

How do people face up to good and evil?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Hamsha Rama, Redden Court School, London Borough of Havering, supported by Janet Dyson.

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How do some religious faiths respond to poverty?

How do some religious faiths respond to poverty?

First thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Andy Joyce, Walthamstow Academy, London Borough of Waltham Forest.

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How do we teach young people about religion in a play-based environment?

How do we teach young people about religion in a play-based environment?

Marilyn Bowles has wide experience in developing imaginative approaches to learning in general, to RE in particular, with the youngest children in our schools.

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I Belong to the Muslim Faith

I Belong to the Muslim Faith

This book guides the reader through the way of life of the Muslim faith as it follows one family through their journey as believers in Islam.

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ICT across the curriculum

ICT across the curriculum

A DfES document detailing the use of ICT in religious education (2004)

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Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art

Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art

A CD-ROM of images and texts, grouped around 44 themes, of interesting examples of the medieval art inspired by Biblical narrative.

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Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art

Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art

A CD-ROM of images and texts, grouped around 44 themes, of interesting examples of the medieval art inspired by Biblical narrative.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Collaborative and Personalised Learning

Excellence and Enjoyment: Collaborative and Personalised Learning

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). Creating a learning culture; classroom community, collaborative and personalised learning.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Conditions for Learning

Excellence and Enjoyment: Conditions for Learning

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). Creating a learning culture; conditions for learning.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Key Aspects of Learning

Excellence and Enjoyment: Key Aspects of Learning

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). Learning to learn; key aspects of learning across the primary curriculum.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Assessment

Excellence and Enjoyment: Assessment

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). Planning and assessment for learning; day-to-day assessment strategies.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Learning Environment

Excellence and Enjoyment: Learning Environment

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). The learning environment and its impact on learning.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Planning and Assessment

Excellence and Enjoyment: Planning and Assessment

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). Planning and assessment for learning; assessment for learning.

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Excellence and Enjoyment: Design Opportunities

Excellence and Enjoyment: Design Opportunities

Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (2004). Planning and assessment for learning; designing opportunities for learning.

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Citizenship Education and RE: Threat or Opportunity?

Citizenship Education and RE: Threat or Opportunity?

Geoff Teece (REsource 21:1, Autumn 1998)

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Clarifying Truth with SEN Pupils

Clarifying Truth with SEN Pupils

In this article Jenny Fox Eades describes how the story of Guru Nanak was explored with pupils of Park Lane Special School, Macclesfield.

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Coat–hangers and Clothes: Teaching Key Concepts Well

Coat–hangers and Clothes: Teaching Key Concepts Well

Judith Lowndes, inspector and adviser for RE in Hampshire, shares a way for 7–9 year olds to learn about holiness using the Hampshire local Agreed Syllabus 'Living Difference'.

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Community Cohesion: Where Now For RE?

Community Cohesion: Where Now For RE?

This article by Dr Joyce Miller provides a useful guide through the complex field of 'community cohesion'.

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Concepts and Content in RE With the New Secondary Curriculum

Concepts and Content in RE With the New Secondary Curriculum

Dave Francis and Lat Blaylock suggest some of the potential for the new secondary curriculum in RE, with which schools are grappling at the moment.

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Contemplating Buddhism

Contemplating Buddhism

Using a magazine format, cheerful reflections, a washing liquid called Ultra Concentrated Joy and a nightclub called Passion, this resource will help your pupils to engage for themselves with meaning and purpose in Buddhist understanding.

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Create a Reflection Area

Create a Reflection Area

Samantha Fletcher, class teacher for Year 2 at Byron Street School, Oldham, is also a Primary Associate for Oldham. In this article she describes how she proves to her class that 'Every Child Matters in RE'.

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Creation Through Art: Lessons for Today’s World

Creation Through Art: Lessons for Today’s World

Case study: development of a compelling learning experience by Alison Clark, Woodhouse Business and Enterprise College.

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Creation: A Story from Ancient India

Creation: A Story from Ancient India

This beautifully illustrated book tells a traditional Hindu story of creation in ways that will excite RE teachers, because it connects with the questions about origins, identity and environment that are at the core of learning from religion.

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Creative Cross-curricular RE with Maths

Creative Cross-curricular RE with Maths

Ingrid Lomas teaches RE at Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury. Lots of us make subject links to humanities or art, but here’s her experience of linking RE with Maths. Could this help the subject to grow stronger in your school?

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Creative Investigation Into the Buddhist Way of Life

Creative Investigation Into the Buddhist Way of Life

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience, by Claire Parkinson, Ashton Community Science College.

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Creativity and Spirituality: Growth Through RE

Creativity and Spirituality: Growth Through RE

Jacqui Metcalfe teaches RE at a community middle school in Bedford. She explores here how some activities close to prayer might help pupils with their own spiritual growth.

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Critical Realist RE: An Evidential Catholic Approach

Critical Realist RE: An Evidential Catholic Approach

Antony Luby, Chartered Teacher of Roman Catholic RE, Aberdeen City Council, explores an evidential Catholic approach to teaching RE.

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Developing Creativity, Reflection and Speaking and Listening Skills Through Art, English and Religious Education

Developing Creativity, Reflection and Speaking and Listening Skills Through Art, English and Religious Education

Case study: developing a compelling learning experience, by Kath Caunce, The Highfield School.

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My will be done: how free are we to decide our life’s pathway?

My will be done: how free are we to decide our life’s pathway?

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by John James and Lesley Prior, The Grey Coat Hospital School.

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Music and meaning: interpretation of a variety of forms of religious and spiritual expression

Music and meaning: interpretation of a variety of forms of religious and spiritual expression

Case Study: developing a compelling learning experience by Claire-Marie Cuthbert, Grangefield School and Technology College.

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KS1 RE - Exploring Values: Two Religious Tales

KS1 RE - Exploring Values: Two Religious Tales

Themes of universal values are presented with two colourful stories from different faiths, narrated through dramatic and stylised performances.

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KS1/2 RE - Big Ideas for Small People

KS1/2 RE - Big Ideas for Small People

In this series of KS1 lessons, Paul Newbould from Minchinnhampton School, uses techniques including "philosophy for children", to encourage deeper-thinking among Year 1 pupils, in an RE context.

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KS1/2 RE - Big Ideas for Small People - Lesson Analysis

KS1/2 RE - Big Ideas for Small People - Lesson Analysis

This discussion programme looks at how primary teachers can best plan, manage and assess RE learning which promotes the asking of big or puzzling questions.

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KS1/2 RE - Storytelling Workshop

KS1/2 RE - Storytelling Workshop

A practical workshop designed to de-mystify the art of storytelling and offer guidance on how to tell great stories and maximise their effect.

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KS2 RE - Christianity 1

KS2 RE - Christianity 1

This programme shows how to teach a lesson on Christianity to pupils from a multi-faith background with little or no knowledge of the subject. The Easter story is the subject of KS1 and KS2 lessons.

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KS2 RE - Christianity 2

KS2 RE - Christianity 2

Two primary school teachers from different backgrounds join the head of a Church of England first school and a lecturer in theology from Newman College to discuss effective ways of teaching Christianity.

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KS2 RE - Teacher's Guide to Islam

KS2 RE - Teacher's Guide to Islam

In this programme we explore the basic elements of Islamic faith that any primary teacher would need to know by spending 48 hours in the company of the Sheikh family from Birmingham.

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KS2 RE - Teaching about Islam

KS2 RE - Teaching about Islam

This programme shows how one school, Wylde Green Primary in Sutton Coldfield, approaches teaching about Islam.

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KS2 RE for Pupils - Birth Marriage and Death

KS2 RE for Pupils - Birth Marriage and Death

This programme features three ceremonies from three different religions to illustrate the cycle of life. The programme depicts the real ceremonies and features interviews with the participants.

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KS2/3 RE - Rules and Responsibilities

KS2/3 RE - Rules and Responsibilities

In this programme Lynne Broadbent and Shaun Burns present a motivational project about rules and responsibility, devised for Year 6 RE pupils as they begin secondary school.

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KS2/3 RE - Symbols and Symbolism

KS2/3 RE - Symbols and Symbolism

In this programme, Year 6 pupils learn about symbols and symbolism in both religion and their own lives before completing an activity to form the basis of their Year 7 RE.

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KS3 RE - Hindu Spiritual Pathways

KS3 RE - Hindu Spiritual Pathways

In this programme, four young Hindus share their understanding of what their religion means to them.

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KS3 RE - Hinduism and Spirituality - A Lesson

KS3 RE - Hinduism and Spirituality - A Lesson

In this programme, RE teacher Laura Morris introduces Hinduism to Year 9 pupils using the resource programme Hindu Spiritual Pathways.

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KS3/4 RE - Art Workshop

KS3/4 RE - Art Workshop

If you're a teacher lacking the confidence to incorporate art into your RE lessons, this programme could be for you.

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KS3/4 RE - Christian Ethics: Attitudes to Other Faiths

KS3/4 RE - Christian Ethics: Attitudes to Other Faiths

Mulberry School for Girls is a large inner-city non-faith school whose intake is largely Bengali Muslim. The GCSE long and short course results in RE are well above the national average.

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KS3/4 RE - Running the Department

KS3/4 RE - Running the Department

Fulfilling the statutory requirement of running a secondary RE department and finding the time and resources to really focus on teaching and learning is a challenge for many schools.

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KS3/4 RE - Science and Religion: Personhood

KS3/4 RE - Science and Religion: Personhood

This programme follows one teacher who manages to bring Science and RE together with compelling results for his students and viewers alike.

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KS3/4 RE - Teaching RE to Muslim Students: Studying Buddhism

KS3/4 RE - Teaching RE to Muslim Students: Studying Buddhism

Find out how an RE teacher approaches the study of Buddhism with a Year 8 class of mainly Muslim pupils.

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KS3/4 RE - Teaching RE to Muslim Students: Studying Islam

KS3/4 RE - Teaching RE to Muslim Students: Studying Islam

Mick Walker, head of RE at Nab Wood School, teaches a lesson exploring Muslim attitudes to issues of peace and conflict.

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KS3/4 RE - Using Science in Religion

KS3/4 RE - Using Science in Religion

How can RE deal with science, or should the two be kept separate? Find out in this fascinating workshop featuring three RE teachers from across the country and led by senior representatives from the Science and Religion in Schools Project.

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KS4 RE - Body Theology: From Conference to Classroom

KS4 RE - Body Theology: From Conference to Classroom

Find out how RE lessons can be designed to help pupils answer questions about the relationship between the physical and the spiritual.

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KS4 RE - Faith and Form - Exploring the Physical Aspects of Religion

KS4 RE - Faith and Form - Exploring the Physical Aspects of Religion

A multi-faith panel answer searching questions from a group of Year 11 students on the relationship between the spiritual and the physical.

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The Teaching Challenge - Michaela Strachan

The Teaching Challenge - Michaela Strachan

Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan draws on personal experience as she teaches an RE lesson at an inner city school on the rights and wrongs of hunting.

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An Introduction to Spirited Play

An Introduction to Spirited Play

Stories are told in as simple a way as possible to enable children's imaginations to act upon the essences of the story and to make connections between the stories and their own experience.

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The Widow's Offering

The Widow's Offering

Stories are told in as simple a way as possible to enable children’s imaginations to act upon the essences of the story and to make connections between the stories and their own experience.

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Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus

Stories are told in as simple a way as possible to enable children’s imaginations to act upon the essences of the story and to make connections between the stories and their own experience.

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Stories are told in as simple a way as possible to enable children’s imaginations to act upon the essences of the story and to make connections between the stories and their own experience.

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The Two Brothers

The Two Brothers

Stories are told in as simple a way as possible to enable children’s imaginations to act upon the essences of the story and to make connections between the stories and their own experience.

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Poem Frame for The Two Brothers

Poem Frame for The Two Brothers

Stories are told in as simple a way as possible to enable children’s imaginations to act upon the essences of the story and to make connections between the stories and their own experience.

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Science Fiction? Religious Fact?: How do we know what is true?

Science Fiction? Religious Fact?: How do we know what is true?

This study shows how a Year 9 class were able to explore the philosophical, scientific and theological concepts of truth through a range of activities which linked not only to RE, but also English and science.

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NATRE Members Handbook

This handbook is for new and existing members of NATRE. It contains all the information you may need throughout your membership, from who to contact for advice or course bookings to information about NATRE and how NATRE is run.

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What does it mean to be ... in 2008?

What does it mean to be ... in 2008?

Case Study: first thoughts on a pilot project funded by the TDA to develop good assessment practice. Completed by Cory Cambridge, Woodbridge High School, London Borough of Redbridge, supported by Claire Clinton.

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School workforce survey updated

School workforce survey updated

NATRE is working on your behalf, to press the government on their lack of action regarding the need for more subject specialists to teach RE. This resource shows the extent of the issue using data from the latest school workforce survey.

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NATRE #REchatUk Poster

NATRE #REchatUk Poster

This #REchatUK poster is for your staffroom, to help you to get others in your school involved in RE.

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RE Assessing Pupils' Progress Assessment Guidelines

RE Assessing Pupils' Progress Assessment Guidelines

Using three assessment focuses to explore and explain achievement in RE

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NATRE Membership Terms and Conditions

NATRE Membership Terms and Conditions

Access the NATRE members T & C's here.

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Defining SMSC 2014

Defining SMSC 2014

In the new Ofsted School Inspection Handbook published in August 2014 offered amended definitions for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Access a document underlining the new or adapted text here.

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The Quality Mark in RE: overcoming problems

The Quality Mark in RE: overcoming problems

Two case studies of two schools who had undertaken the RE Quality Mark (REQM).

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NATRE's response to exam consultation

NATRE's response to exam consultation

NATRE's response to both the department for Education and OFQUAL consultation

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RE: The Truth Unmasked

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on RE published a report, RE: The Truth Unmasked, in March 2013. The focus of the report was the supply of and support for teachers of RE. It made recommendations about how the staffing of RE could be improved.

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Guidance for headteachers of primary schools

Guidance for headteachers of primary schools

The purpose of this paper is to make headteachers aware of the findings and recommendations of Religious Education: the Truth Unmasked, which reports the outcomes of the recent inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for RE (APPG).

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RE and Good Community Relations

RE and Good Community Relations

The All Party Parliamentary Group on RE has published a summary report following a five month inquiry into the contribution of RE to good community relations.

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Using multiple choice questions in the classroom

Using multiple choice questions in the classroom

How multiple choice questions can aid knowledge retention and help teachers diagnose pupils’ understanding.

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Impact of Government Policy on GCSE RS (2015)

Impact of Government Policy on GCSE RS (2015)

Report on the impact of Government Policy on GCSE entry patterns for Religious Studies short and full course.

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School Inspection Handbook June 2015 RE, Collective Worship, SMSC and British Values

School Inspection Handbook June 2015 RE, Collective Worship, SMSC and British Values

The new school inspection framework was released in mid-June. This document will come into force in September 2015.

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Collective Worship and Religious Education: A guide for Governors

This document contains guidance for Governors regarding RE and collective worship in schools

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Essay Contest Annoucement

Essay Contest Annoucement

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Clarke & Woodhead: A New Settlement - Religion and Belief in Schools: Discussion prompts for NATRE Local groups

Clarke & Woodhead: A New Settlement - Religion and Belief in Schools: Discussion prompts for NATRE Local groups

This presentation can be used as part of a local group meeting and would be helpful for primary, middle, secondary or cross phase groups. It is intended to get people both discussing and thinking about RE in schools.

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A New Settlement- Accompanying notes for cross phase download

A New Settlement- Accompanying notes for cross phase download

Notes to Accompany Cross phase Download for Local Groups

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RE and British Values

RE and British Values

This presentation can be used as part of a local group meeting and would be most helpful for primary, middle or cross phase groups. It is intended to get people both discussing and thinking about British values.

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British Values- Accompanying notes for local groups

British Values- Accompanying notes for local groups

Notes to Accompany Primary Download for Local Groups – September 2015

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Local Groups Newsletter- September 2015

Local Groups Newsletter- September 2015

Local Groups Newsletter- September 2015

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Doing Divali Better in Religious Education

Doing Divali Better in Religious Education

Here comes Divali. NATRE members know that good RE is more than lamps, sweets and cards. Here are suggestions for Divali RE learning for pupils aged 4-11. See what you like!

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Mr Stricken's Nativity Nightmare

Mr Stricken's Nativity Nightmare

A Christmas Unit of Work for Upper Key Stage 2 produced by The RE-searchers (search for "The RE-Searchers" for additional support material).

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RE-Searchers A New Approach to RE In Primary Schools

RE-Searchers A New Approach to RE In Primary Schools

Support material form the RE-Searchers for Mr Stricken's Nativity Nightmare.

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Mosque Visit in the wake of the Paris Attacks: The story of one Primary school

Mosque Visit in the wake of the Paris Attacks: The story of one Primary school

One primary school's account of a class trip to a Mosque in Birmingham in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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The Story of Ganesha

The Story of Ganesha

This story is one of a collection of stories from RE Today

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RE Teaching: Beyond the Ordinary

RE Teaching: Beyond the Ordinary

5 ways you can support RE teacher recruitment

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Campaign legacy sees recruitment momentum continue

Campaign legacy sees recruitment momentum continue

Campaign legacy sees recruitment momentum continue

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Photo Stories- Celebrating Christmas and Easter

Photo Stories- Celebrating Christmas and Easter

This presentation from RE Today uses original photographs to raise questions and share simple information with 6–8s.

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The Values Game article

This is an REtoday article (pp.38–39) from the summer 2015 edition. This resource is linked to the Values Game PowerPoint - search Values Game.

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Easter – Jesus Rises from the Dead

Easter – Jesus Rises from the Dead

Themes: Easter; resurrection; new life This story is one of a collection of stories from RE Today.

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The Values Game

This download resource for Summer 2015 from REtoday supports the article “The Values Game” on pp.38–39 of the magazine.

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Baisakhi: The Formation of the Khalsa

Baisakhi: The Formation of the Khalsa

Baisakhi: The Formation of the Khalsa

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Interfaith Dialogue Conversations

Interfaith Dialogue Conversations

Interfaith dialogue interviews produced by RE Today.

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More than 101 Great Ideas: Online resource extract

More than 101 Great Ideas: Online resource extract

An extract from the online resources PDF of the RE Today publication ‘More than 101 Great Ideas’

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Why Ofsted’s inspection of RE requires improvement

Why Ofsted’s inspection of RE requires improvement

On May 1st, 2015, NATRE served Ofsted with a freedom of information request.

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Sikh way of life

Manni Kaur’s story.

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The Five Pillars of Islam

The Five Pillars of Islam

This simple presentation supports the RE Today publication Opening Up Islam

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What I learnt at School- Sara Pascoe

What I learnt at School- Sara Pascoe

Comedian at Religious Education Council (REC) Patron Sara Pascoe talks to Teach Secondary about just how powerful the influence of a good teacher.

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No ordinary job- RE recruitment campaign article

No ordinary job- RE recruitment campaign article

Colin Hallmark from PR agency 3:Nine talks to Teachwire about the Beyond the Ordinary RE teacher recruitment campaign.

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What does it mean to be a Christian, Humanist or Muslim in Britain today?

What does it mean to be a Christian, Humanist or Muslim in Britain today?

Activity from RE Today secondary curriculum book 'Questions: Identity and Diversity'

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Big Questions Little Questions

Opening up RE: Creativity - This visual presentation by Stephen Pett links to the chapter on asking and answering puzzling questions with 5–7s

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Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Adha: special times in Islam

Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Adha: special times in Islam

Resource from REtoday 2016. Looking a celebrating special times in Islam, such as Id-ul-Fitr, Id-ul-Adha, as well as Hajj.

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Mother Teresa a life story

God’s pencil: a life story in 24 pieces (page 18). A PowerPoint presentation and PDF to support this article.

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Mother Teresa a life story

God’s pencil: a life story in 24 pieces (page 18).

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Reflection on the new A level specifications

Reflection on the new A level specifications

Observations and reflections on the final A level specifications, to help members consider their own views. Please note This is not a NATRE position paper

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A level RS and University admission 2015

A level RS and University admission 2015

Data from the University of Oxford in February 2016 shows that RS A level continues to be popular with Universities.

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Entries for Religious Studies A level rising faster than for any other arts, humanity or social science

Entries for Religious Studies A level rising faster than for any other arts, humanity or social science

The key outcomes of the 2016 A level results in England and Wales for Religious Education are as follows.

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The langar on the street

Northampton Sikhs are doing ‘langar on the street’: Harkirat Singh explains why (pp.32-33).

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Seva on the streets of Northampton

Seva on the streets of Northampton

This resource from RE Today supports the article about Sikhs serving langar, free kitchen food, on the streets in Northampton featured in these 2 popular RE Today publication. Thanks to Harkirat Singh for his help with the article.

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Enquiry in RE: What matters most at Easter?

Opening up RE: Easter - Enquiry in RE: What matters most at Easter

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Worship and festivities: How and why do Hindus celebrate Divali?

Worship and festivities: How and why do Hindus celebrate Divali?

This unit of work for Religious Education from RE Today provides non-statutory exemplification of some good teaching and learning for any school to use.

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REC Youth Debate 2016

A report from the inaugural RE Youth Debate 2016

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Visual Learning in RE: Learn from Jewish People

Visual Learning in RE: Learn from Jewish People

This RE Today resource is of a £5 value, and available to NATRE members complimentary up to 31 October 2016. Each Photo Story contains a large number of high resolution images, carefully selected questions to stimulate close attention and thoughtful questions. Learning objectives and suggested activities for use are included in each presentation.

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Is life sacred? Is life priceless?

Is life sacred? Is life priceless?

What can we learn from the dreadful dilemma of conjoined twins Jodie and Mary?

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The UK Sikh Survey

The UK Sikh Survey 2016 is the largest and most comprehensive specific study to date of the views of Sikhs in the UK. It has been developed and managed by the Sikh Network and was devised to fill the gap, as there was a particular need for better statistical evidence on a range of issues that concern the British Sikh community.

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Truth and how to look for it

Four different ways of looking at the truth with your students.

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Special Offer for Local Groups members

Special Offer for Local Groups members

Claim your FREE unit of work!

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Musical Easter?

Opening up RE: Easter - This presentation is for making connections between music, worship and the Christian stories of Holy Week and Easter, linking to their own experiences.

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Easter (home learning)

A piece of home learning about Easter for pupils in KS1 (5-7 year olds).

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Remembering Jesus in church

Opening up RE: Easter - Remembering Jesus in church presentation

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School workforce survey 2015 report

School workforce survey 2015 report

Our students deserve to be taught Religious Education by those with sufficient training and expertise in the subject. A report from NATRE in response to the publication of the school workforce data for 2015.

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Festival Wall Planner

Festival Wall Planner

Download the FREE Festival wall planner for 2017 from Articles of Faith.

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Was Jesus God on earth? pp15-18

Was Jesus God on earth? pp15-18

Activities from secondary curriculum Questions: Christians Was Jesus God on earth? pp 12-18 • The eight statements about Jesus for Activity 3 (p15) • The eight-point ranking scale sheet (p.16) • The writing frame from p18 for use in Activity 4

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Bishop Victoria Matthews, Suffering Equality, God

Earthquakes? Cancer? Faith in God? An interview with Bishop Victoria Matthews of Christchurch New Zealand. Bishop Victoria was one of the very first Anglican women priests to become a bishop, and served first in Canada, and now in New Zealand.

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Baisakhi - understanding Sikhs through festival

Baisakhi - understanding Sikhs through festival

The activities suggested here use a visual approach, supported by probing questions. They aim to enable pupils to understand the meaning of Sikh celebration of Baisakhi and encourage reflection on their own celebrations in light of this. This resource is from RE Today's Primary publication - Special Times.

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Equality - Race/ethnicity, religion and culture

Equality - Race/ethnicity, religion and culture

Race/ethnicity and religion are three overlapping terms. While they are often related, it is important to distinguish between them. The following activities will enable pupils to interpret these terms; reflect on their impact, influence in people's lives; evaluate the effective qualities of role models.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

This resource is from a primary RE Today curriculum book called Special People. This resource uses Archbishop Desmond Tutu as an example of special people in the world. Full of classroom activities for primary pupils.

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What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

This set of lesson ideas uses original material from young British Muslims to enable any student in the 11–14 age range to understand the practice of the faith and to open up the possibility of learning from Islam.

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Why does Zara give money away at Ramadan?

Why does Zara give money away at Ramadan?

This unit supports pupils enquiring into why Muslims choose to give Zakat, using a mystery activity, and also expects them to be able to extract key information to understand the Islamic practice.

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Subject leader pages: Planning a celebration day

Subject leader pages: Planning a celebration day

This resource enables primary subject leaders to plan a big RE day. The resource has been taken from Summer 2017 RE Curriculum Book, RE Ideas: Celebration

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A silent argument strategy

Essential RE: Hope. Six reasoned beliefs about the afterlife including ready-to-use lesson activities, including silent debate.

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Extended information sheets on the pictures of atonement

This resource looks at four ways of understanding atonement. This supports pp. 28-29 of the RE Today publication 'Christians' within the 'Examining religion and belief series'.

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Justin Welby interview

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, visits each of the Anglican dioceses. On his recent visit to the Diocese of Leicester, 100 9- and 10-year-olds from 25 different Anglican schools joined him for a webinar, interviewing him with some of their biggest questions about prayer. Here is their interview, followed by ideas for classroom learning.

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Ten ways governors can help RE

10 ways governors can help RE

Looking to get your governors engaged with RE? Then forward them this article by RE Today, which provides ten questions for them to think about at school leadership level.

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What is real? How can you tell?

What is real? How can you tell?

A resource to get your pupils thinking and discussing... Here are some wise quotations to make you think about what is real. Which one do you think is the wisest? Is looking for the truth like being in a maze?

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We're all different – we're all the same

We're all different – we're all the same

This set of learning ideas provide simple but thoughtful activities through which 5–7s can become increasingly at ease with religious difference. From Opening Up RE: Respect for All, pp.8–11: Diversity for Beginners

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Yawtown Black and White

Opening up RE: Respect - Yawtown black and white image

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Teaching Sunni and Shi'a Islam

Teaching Sunni and Shi'a Islam

A good starting point if you are looking to teach a lesson on Sunni and Shi'a Islam. Includes a useful classroom activity.

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Opening up RE: Judaism - The activities in this unit focus on the meaning of the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Jewish people today. Pupils are encouraged to consider the relevance of the themes of the festivals to themselves with opportunities for solemn reflection.

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Jewish compassion in action: Triptych on Charity

An REtoday article 35 1 (pp. 30–31). Karen Van Coevorden, a former RE teacher, works for the Jewish Museum in London. We asked her for an example of the best of the museum’s collection. This one really repays study!

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The spirit of the city PowerPoint

This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Autumn 2017’s REtoday magazine looking at an RE visit to Jerusalem (or the sacred place down your street).

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The spirit of the city

An article form REtoday 35 1 (pp. 28–29). Three photos to sum up an RE visit to Jerusalem (or the sacred place down your street).

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Here I stand PowerPoint

Martin Luther stood for his beliefs 500 years ago, in October 1517. What would your pupils stand for today? This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Autumn 2017’s REtoday magazine.

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Here I Stand. I can do nothing else

REtoday Editor Lat Blaylock suggests that Martin Luther’s anniversary might prompt reflection in RE classrooms. Teachers are invited to send in pupils’ work on this theme. Pupils are invited to express their convictions in a short piece of writing (pp. 26–27).

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British Values and religious values

Study visits and inspirational creative work from Stretton Handley CofE VC Primary School in Derbyshire. This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Autumn 2017’s REtoday magazine.

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A Question of Faith films

A Question of Faith films

A compilation of five short films from the BBC for GCSE Religious Studies where twelve students, made up of Christians, Muslims and non-believers, explore some big questions of faith.

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Connecting RE and British Values

MP Dennis Skinner comes to school. REtoday article 35 1 (pp.18–19)

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The angel's message PowerPoint

The Revelation of the Holy Qur’an: interesting Islamic learning for5–6-year-olds This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Autumn 2017’s REtoday magazine.

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What do Muslims use when they pray? PowerPoint

What do Muslims use when they pray? PowerPoint

This slideshow supports the activities on pp. 4–8 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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The angel's message article

The angel’s message: learning from Islam, thinking for ourselves.

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Stormzy: grime and grace article

South London grime artist Stormzy has a debut album called Gang Signs & Prayer. It was the first grime album in history to reach number 1. This is an edited version of Miranda Sawyer’s Guardian article about her interview with him, and explores his beliefs and spirituality.

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How do Hadith guide Muslims through the journey of life? PPT

How do Hadith guide Muslims through the journey of life? PPT

A PowerPoint presentation to support the teaching of a section called 'How do Hadith guide Muslims through the journey of life?' within the primary curriculum book 'Muslims' from the 'Inspiring RE' series.

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Charity and generosity in Judaism

Charity and generosity in Judaism

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Introducing Muslims:outlining sunni and Shi'a beliefs

Muslims belong to the ummah – the worldwide community of believers – but there are variations in belief and practice. The two main schools are Sunni and Shi’a. These have distinctive identities but they hold many beliefs and practices in common, as presented by Wahida Begum (Sunni) and Zameer Hussain (Shi’a) in the diagram below.

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What scholars say about jihad - full transcript

What scholars say about jihad - full transcript

In March 2017, a panel discussion was hosted by the Al-Khoei Foundation. This is the full transcript. From pp.14-15 of Examining religion and belief: Muslims.

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Infographic: data on Muslims in the UK and beyond

Infographic: data on Muslims in the UK and beyond

Data on Muslims in the UK and beyond

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A guide to Hajj

A guide to Hajj

Pages from the Examining Religion and Belief: Muslims publication (pp. 20–21)

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Picture of Maryam

Picture of Maryam

Picture of Maryam, a 12 year old Muslim girl, to show children. From p. 6 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Picture of Zain

Picture of Zain

A picture of Zain, a 12 year old Muslim boy, to show children. From p.6 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Prayer mat design 1

Prayer mat design 1

Prayer mat design to use as stimulus material with children in the classroom. From p.8 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Prayer mat design 2

Prayer mat design 2

Prayer mat design to use as stimulus material with children in the classroom. From p.8 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Eid-ul-Fitr box

Eid-ul-Fitr box

Get pupils to make their own Eid-ul-Fitr box with this net template from Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Maryam's diary

Maryam's diary

A copy of Maryam's diary in the correct order. From p.18 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Why the Five Pillars are an important part of being a muslim

Why the Five Pillars are an important part of being a muslim

We asked five Muslims why the Five Pillars are an important part of being a Muslim. Here are five versions of the copy of the resource sheet on p.19 of Inspiring RE: Muslims, one for each of the pillars.

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Muslim child with Qur'an

Muslim child with Qur'an

A photograph of a young Muslim girl at the Birmingham museum looking at the Qur'an. From p.23 of Inspiring RE Muslims.

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Muslim children reading the Qur'an

Muslim children reading the Qur'an

A photograph of Muslim children reading the Qur'an. From p.23 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Muslim parents and children with Qur'an

Muslim parents and children with Qur'an

A photograph of Muslim parents and children at the Birmingham museum looking at the Qur'an. From p.23 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Mystery strategy cards

Mystery strategy cards

A set of clue cards that give information about Malala's life journey so far. From p.30-31 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Hadith cards

Hadith cards

A set of cards each containing a Hadith. From p.32 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Birmingham Qur'an cut-out cards

Birmingham Qur'an cut-out cards

A set of cut-out cards telling the story of the Birmingham Qur'an. From p.6 of Examining religion and belief: Muslims.

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Only Breath - Rumi

Only Breath - Rumi

'Only Breath' by Rumi (interpretation by Coleman Barks 1995) split into 28 sections for use in a bag of words activity. From p.9 of Examining religion and belief: Muslims.

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Current controversies: how are Muslims and Islam represented in the media?

Current controversies: how are Muslims and Islam represented in the media?

A PowerPoint presentation looking at how Muslims and Islam are represented in the media. From pp.30-31 of Examining religion and belief: Muslims.

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Ka'aba outline

Ka'aba outline

An outline of the Ka'aba for pupils to use on prayer mat designs. From p.8 of Inspiring RE: Muslims.

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Only Breath by Rumi incl. information

Only Breath by Rumi incl. information

'Only Breath' by Rumi (interpretation by Coleman Barks 1995) and information for students. From p.8 of Examining religion and belief: Muslims.

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What do Muslims use when they pray?

What do Muslims use when they pray?

What do Muslims use when they pray? A unit of work for 4-6s including background knowledge for the teacher and classroom ideas and activities. From Inspiring RE: Muslims (pp.4-8).

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What do Muslims celebrate at Eid-ul-Fitr?

What do Muslims celebrate at Eid-ul-Fitr?

What do Muslims celebrate at Eid-ul-Fitr? A unit of work for 5-7s including background knowledge for the teacher and classroom ideas and activities. From Inspiring RE: Muslims (pp.9-14).

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How do the Five Pillars help Muslims express their faith?

How do the Five Pillars help Muslims express their faith?

How do the Five Pillars help Muslims express their faith? A unit of work for 7-9s including background knowledge for the teacher and classroom ideas and activities. From Inspiring RE: Muslims (pp.15-19).

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Why is the Qur'an treated with such respect?

Why is the Qur'an treated with such respect?

Why is the Qur'an treated with such respect? A unit of work for 7-11s including background knowledge for the teacher and classroom ideas and activities. From Inspiring RE: Muslims (pp.20-26).

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How do Hadith guide Muslims through the journey of life?

How do Hadith guide Muslims through the journey of life?

How do Hadith guide Muslims through the journey of life? A unit of work for 9-11s including background knowledge for the teacher and classroom ideas and activities. From Inspiring RE: Muslims (pp.27-32).

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What do Muslims use when they pray? PPT

What do Muslims use when they pray? PPT

A PowerPoint for use in the classroom with 4-6s looking at 'What do Muslims use when they pray?'. From Inspiring RE: Muslims p.4.

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Votes for schools; religious discrimination

Votes for schools; religious discrimination

Votes for schools are an organisation run by teachers that provide resources for the primary and secondary classroom. Here is a taster of their resources on 'Religious discrimination Secondary school'

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Why is the Qur'an treated with such respect? PPT

Why is the Qur'an treated with such respect? PPT

A PowerPoint for use in the classroom with 7-11s looking at 'Why is the Qur'an treated with such respect?'. From Inspiring RE: Muslims p.20.

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State of the nation report

State of the nation report

A report on Religious Education provision within secondary schools in England by NATRE and the REC

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What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious?

This unit focuses on what people mean when they describe themselves as SBNR, and the views of religion and spirituality underpinning this definition.

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The humanities in primary schools in the UK

The humanities in primary schools in the UK

Monday 13 November 2017 – Oxford This seminar is based on a recently published themed issue of Education 3-13 on the humanities in the primary school and is sponsored by Oxford Brookes University and ASPE.

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Teachers Notes on BBC Story Programmes 4–7s 2017 Divali

Teachers Notes on BBC Story Programmes 4–7s 2017 Divali

Teachers notes to help support you in your teaching of Hinduism and Divali. Includes links to BBC films from the 'Religions of the World' series and 'My Life My Religion'.

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Votes for schools; school uniform controversy

Votes for schools; school uniform controversy

Votes for schools are an organisation run by teachers that provide resources for the primary and secondary classroom. Here is a taster of their resources on 'Religious discrimination Primary school'

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Easter: A spiritual experience for the community school?

Easter: A spiritual experience for the community school?

A pdf of the article by Pete Greaves from pages 14 – 15 (age range 5 – 11).

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Easter: A spiritual experience for the community school? (Part 2)

Easter: A spiritual experience for the community school? (Part 2)

Some curriculum ideas for progressing the study of Good Friday and Easter.

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We are all the same, we are all different resource sheet

RE Ideas: Community - Resource Sheet

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Better teaching about abortion in RE.

Better teaching about abortion in RE.

A pdf of the article ‘Don’t abort the brain!' Ten ways to teach birth issues and sanctity of life better.

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Teaching abortion or termination in RE – how to teach better

Two good strategies to make pupils think more deeply about abortion and the moral and spiritual dilemmas it raises for Christians.

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Reflecting on the spiritual quality of light.

Reflecting on the spiritual quality of light.

A pdf of the article on pages 46 - 47 by Mark Angus on the spiritual quality of light.

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Reflecting on the spiritual quality of light (Part 2)

Reflecting on the spiritual quality of light (Part 2)

A classroom activity to enable pupils to design stained glass for themselves.

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Change your image of the developing world (pp 26 – 27).

Change your image of the developing world (pp 26 – 27).

REtoday Summer 2007. A pdf of the article.

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Change your image of the developing world - chart

A visual learning frame to use with the Green School picture.

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Ten ideas for better visual learning (pp 28 – 29).

A 6-slide PowerPoint presentation for spiritual learning.

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Life issues.

A visual learning frame to use with a ‘Foetus’ image to explore sanctity of life issues imaginatively.

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What can different presentations of the Christmas story tell us?

What can different presentations of the Christmas story tell us?

RE Ideas - Christmas: What can different presentations of the Christmas story tell us presentation

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Learning about the veil, learning from the veil (pp 30 – 31).

Learning about the veil, learning from the veil (pp 30 – 31).

Classroom activity to download: 12 cards, 12 points of view about the veil.

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The Buddha image (pp 46 – 47).

The Buddha image (pp 46 – 47).

A 13-slide PowerPoint presentation for use with this activity.

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What can we learn from different presentations of the Christmas stories? HANDOUT

Teachers notes and to support the PPT to be used with the article for 9-11s in ‘RE Ideas: Christmas’. The approach uses a work of art by Antonia Rolls and sets up a range of thoughtful and creative activities for pupils to respond

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The Buddha image Part 2 (pp.46-47)

The Buddha image Part 2 (pp.46-47)

An expanded and illustrated version of the article with classroom.

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Seven ways to get minds wondering in RE

Seven ways to get minds wondering in RE

Stairs to where? A presentation to stimulate thought and discussion (pp.12-13).

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Children meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu (pp 14 – 15).

Children meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu (pp 14 – 15).

Transcript of the interview.

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Ramadan: how does it feel to the young British Muslim (pp18 – 19).

Ramadan: how does it feel to the young British Muslim (pp18 – 19).

A pdf of the article and quotations.

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Ramadan: how does it feel to the young British Muslim (pp18 – 19) (Part 2).

REtoday magazine: Autumn 2007 - Classroom activities on how Ramadan feels to the young British Muslim

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Making radio in the RE classroom (pp 22 – 23).

Making radio in the RE classroom (pp 22 – 23).

A pdf of the article by Martin Langan.

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Pilgrimage (pp 10 – 11).

Pilgrimage (pp 10 – 11).

Raising spiritual awareness on an RE visit – an extended version of Maxine Neal’s article.

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Reasons to dance (pp 16 – 17).

Reasons to dance (pp 16 – 17).

Liz Tinder offers examples of her practice in using dance in RE, and reflects on aspects of dance in education.

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Smelly RE (p.20).

An extended version of Paul Newbould’s article on using a neglected area of experiential learning.

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Sensory RE (pp 24 – 25).

Sensory RE (pp 24 – 25).

Kim Newbould outlines some basic principles for multi-sensory RE and offers further resources.

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Teaching events in the life of Jesus.

An extended version of the article on pages 12 - 13 by Philippa Hughes with examples of children’s work.

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Resounding inspiration: music and religion.

A pdf of the article by Jeremy Begbie from page 4 in which he reflects on the role of music in our lives.

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Being Sikh in Britain Today.

Resources to accompany the article on pages 18 - 19 by Opinderjit Takhar.

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Being Sikh in Britain Today (presentation)

Being Sikh in Britain Today (presentation)

Presentation to accompany the article on pages 18 - 19 by Opinderjit Takhar.

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Controversial issues in RE

Controversial issues in RE

Dr Trevor Cooling’s article lays out some areas for thinking. Pages 3 - 6 offers further guidance from other sources, collected by the editorial team.

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Boggarts and the love that casts our fear.

An extended version of the article on pages 10 - 11 by Anne Richards.

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Learning from many religions in rural Herefordshire.

An extended version of the article on pages 16 - 17 by Joyce Mackley.

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Green Day: Overdale Junior School

Additional resources to accompany the article on pages 20 - 21 by Anne Scott.

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Are you sitting (too) comfortably?

Additional resources to accompany the article on page 34 by Mark Plater.

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Joined-up Teaching.

Joined-up Teaching.

Su Brice shares her classroom project using RE on Judaism as a way of enabling learning in DT, Citizenship and History.

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Learning Outside the Classroom

Ten tips for learning outside the classroom.

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Learning Outside the Classroom (Index) .

An index of 30 recent REtoday articles for Learning Outside the Classroom.

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Learning Outside the Classroom (Planning Guidance)

Good general planning guidance for Learning Outside the Classroom.

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Too punk to pray?

Too punk to pray?

Sufi Punk, art photographer and Muslim, will rock your pupils’ perceptions of prayer and the spiritual life through this simple, powerful presentation.

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Time to Grow (p. 12).

A photo album presentation to inspire you to design a spiritual garden in your school.

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Making Time for the Spiritual (pp 14 - 15).

Classroom 4–11. A presentation to accompany the article.

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Time to Grow (p. 12) (Part 2)

A pdf of the illustrated article.

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Spirited Poetry (p. 16).

Texts and scans of the 21 winning poems from the NATRE Spirited Poetry competition of December 2008. Read and marvel, then get your pupils writing well.

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Where, when and how do Hindus pray?

Page 7 of the RE Today publication. An article on Hindu prayer.

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Expressing myself

Page 32 of this RE Today publication. Entry-level pupil activities on the them of 'expressing myself'.

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 Cool on the Catwalk (p. 35).

Cool on the Catwalk (p. 35).

A presentation to accompany the article.

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Taking time over Assessment (pp 44–45).

This extended version of Emma Senior’s article on levels 4 and 5, with examples from Buddhism, provides for teachers to think carefully about the progression of 11 – 13 year olds from description to explanation.

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Taking Time over Assessment (pp.44-45)

Taking Time over Assessment (pp.44-45)

Examples of pupils’ work.

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If I had a million dollars (p.34).

Treasure and Money: a PowerPoint sequence with examples of other children’s work to get your pupils thinking for themselves.

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Giving it! How charitable is Britain?

Activities, copiable worksheets and classroom ideas about the top ten charities in the UK for secondary pupils: make them think about generosity and use contemporary data as a starting point for reflection on attitudes.

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If I had a million dollars (p.34) Worksheet

"Worksheet for children 5 – 8 years of age to enable them to think about treasure and money, and what money cannot buy. "

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Giving it! How charitable is Britain? extended article.

An extended version of the article on pages 24 – 25. These pages present many sources for understanding the Muslim practice of giving to charity and to help those less fortunate.

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Why RE?

A worksheet for 11 – 14s to rank 15 reasons for taking an hour a week to learn from religion (page 26).

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Why RE? Presentation

Why RE? Presentation

A presentation for students to enter their agreement or disagreement with the 15 reasons.

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Cultivating flowers

Cultivating flowers

Cultivating flowers in the Religious Education garden is a document by NATRE showing some key stakeholders involved in RE.

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Tuning in to RE.

A pdf of the article by Bill Gent on page 6

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The sound of spirituality.

A pdf of the article by Alison Brown on pp.16 - 17.

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Making music? (Part 1)

A pdf of the article by Joe Davison on pp.20 - 21.

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Making music? (Part 2)

Making music? (Part 2)

A presentation for teachers: ideas for using music in the classroom, including children’s work.

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Making Music (Part 3)

Ten simple suggestions for using music in RE with worksheets for classroom use

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The power of music in Hindu tradition.

A pdf supporting the article by Sandy Bharat about the music she loves in Hindu life. on pp 22–23.

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Teachers getting musical in the RE class.

An extended version of the article on pp26 - 27.

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The music of life.

The music of life.

A presentation of the story on page 32 with ideas for classroom use.

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Eight ways to harmony of the spirit.

A Buddhist perspective Munisha is a Buddhist. Formerly a teacher, she now works for the Western Buddhist educational organisation, the Clear Vision Trust. An extended version of the articles on pp 28 -31.

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Musical spirituality for 11-year-olds.

A pdf of the article by Ruth Houston on p.34.

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An assembly for peace.

A pdf of the article by Janet Neilson on p.35

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Jewish celebration in the special school.

A pdf of the article by Margaret Dean on p.36.

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The fascination of spiritual music.

A pdf of the article by Andrew Lucas on p.40

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Music with meaning.

A pdf of the article by Graham Langtree on p.62

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Learning from Judaism:  making links to Pesach

Learning from Judaism: making links to Pesach

A presentation to support learning from the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover) for 5-11s in the article by Joyce Mackley on pages 14 - 15.

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Year 2 - Bible Stories about Moses

This is a unit about Jewish stories of Moses, which are also holy to Christians. Children learn about Judaism through exploring the main question, what stories about Moses do Jews love to tell? From the baby in the bulrushes, the burning bush, the Passover and Exodus and the Ten Commandments, children learn to explore Jewish ideas and celebrations through active learning.

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What’s this about, then?

What’s this about, then?

A pdf of the article by Julie Grove on pages 16 - 17 and worksheets for the Odd One Out activity for under 7s.

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What’s this about, then? Odd one out activity

A pdf of the article by Julie Grove on pages 16 - 17 and worksheets for the Odd One Out activity for under 7s.

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Weapons of mass destruction.

A pdf of the article on pages 28-29 by Anna Liddle.

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A lifelong friendship and the start of something big

A lifelong friendship and the start of something big

A presentation of the story of Guru Nanak and Mardana for 5–11s from pages 34 - 35.

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Never stop asking questions! Article

A article on the Islamic Awareness day for 11-12 year olds by Carol Lymn from page 38.

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Take a journey through Christmas.

Take a journey through Christmas.

A presentation ‘How to enable spiritual development through RE at Christmas’ by Jennifer Jenkins, RE Co-ordinator, St Paul’s Primary School, Nuneaton. This supports the article on pages 22 - 23.

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Spirited Poetry

Spirited Poetry

A presentation of year 9 entries to the competition from Cardinal Hume School, Gateshead supporting the article on pages 28 - 29.

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Teaching respect: approaching issues of gay sexuality.

A copy of the article by Christine Paul on pages 30-31.

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A whole day of infant creative RE.

A whole day of infant creative RE.

A presentation to support the article by Tricia Outram, Headteacher, Bakewell Church of England Infant School on page 34.

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Befriending the Bible

An extended version of John Campbell’s article on pp.38-9 on the use of the Bible in arguing the case for/against slavery.

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Ofsted: How will they judge you?

In this complete version of the article, all the Ofsted criteria for making judgements about RE are given in full with an introduction by Jane Chipperton of AREIAC.

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What is the well-dressed patriarch choosing this season?

What is the well-dressed patriarch choosing this season?

A presentation using the exhibition ‘Empty Hanger’ to explore the story of temptation from Genesis 3 and encourage fashion design and RE to link up.

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Teachers enable children to grow -extended version

An extended version of the article by Gervase Phinn on pp.4-5

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An RE week on respect for everyone

An RE week on respect for everyone

A presentation showing how All Saints School, Sandwell, used learning outside the classroom and design and thinking skills activities for all ages during their week of ‘Respect for Everyone through RE’

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Industrial Heritage on Tyneside

Industrial Heritage on Tyneside

A presentation by Vincent Fox on art, faith, work and worship

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An interfaith trip

An interfaith trip

A presentation by Anna Mantle on how school interfaith visit to a Sikh gurdwara and a Muslim faith centre in Kirklees helped her students to grow.

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What do MPs think of RE?

What do MPs think of RE?

A pdf of the full transcript from Hansard.

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Christmas: ‘Through the Keyhole’

A presentation to support schools wanting to replicate the multi-sensory trail.

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British and Muslim (p26)

British and Muslim (p26)

A presentation to support teachers in using enquiry methods at KS3.

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Christmas: ‘Through the Keyhole’ (p.10)

Christmas: ‘Through the Keyhole’ (p.10)

A pdf of the article on pp.10-11

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God: an Enquiry (p28)

Extended version of the article with the full version of the essay by Emma Burns.

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Soothing the face of God

The original artwork illustrating Exodus 32 by Nicky Ackland Snow on p.35.

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Why Richard Dawkins is the best argument for the existence of God p4

A printable copy of the article by Russell Brand for use in class with 14-19s

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God is not... PowerPoint

Supporting PowerPoint presentation to support class work on what God is not, designed for 7-9-year-olds but adaptable for other primary age ranges.

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Making sure they know about plurality (p.22)

•A copy of the article by Lyndsay Mason

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What’s worth knowing in Judaism (p.46)

What’s worth knowing in Judaism (p.46)

This article by Sue Schraer will challenge your understanding of what to teach about Judaism.

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The meaning of life: interview with Professor Keith Ward

a pdf of the interview with an activity sheet (writing framework) for some learning and thinking skills with 14-19 year olds

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What can we learn from Muslim children’s expressions of belief?  (Classroom 5-11)

What can we learn from Muslim children’s expressions of belief? (Classroom 5-11)

An extended version of the article by Hasya Qureshi from pp.18-19 with examples of children’s work and an activity sheet to copy for class use

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Spirited Poetry (Classroom 5-16) article

a pdf of the article by Dave Francis from (pp.20–21)

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Spirited Poetry (Classroom 5-16) - 50 highly commended poems from the competition

50 highly commended poems from the competition

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Easter activities for older pupils

Easter activities for older pupils

Exploring humility and service to others through the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet. Designed to engage 7-9 year olds. From the RE Today publication 'Special Times'.

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How do you teach your own beliefs?

More responses from Twitter and Facebook

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Teachers Notes on BBC Story Programmes Easter

These classroom ideas support the BBC's Religion of the World series specifically looking at Easter. More notes on the other films are also available.

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The power of words: prophecy, politics and symbol

a PDF of the article from pp.18-19 of the magazine

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Reflection diaries

a PDF of the article on pp.28-9 by Rosie Bradberry on encouraging deep thinking in RE with 11-16s

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Who am I becoming?

a PDF of the article by Ellie Ellis on pp.30-1

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When life gives you lemons, make RE

a PDF of the article on p.38. Maureen McDevitt-Norman teaches at Ecclesfield School in South Yorkshire. Starting work on inspirational people, she began not with Mother Teresa or Aung San Suu Kyi, but by making fruitful use of a metaphor

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Using persona dolls at William Law School article

Teachers can use persona dolls in RE for imaginative, authentic and interesting learning with 3-7s. This article shows lots of fun ways to do it. (pp.12-14 )

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Six Regional Day Conferences for teachers of RE in training 2017-2018

Six Regional Day Conferences for teachers of RE in training 2017-2018

NATRE is grateful to The Jerusalem Trust and the St Luke’s Foundation for their support in running six regional day conferences for teachers of RE in training 2017-2018.

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How to make RE more playful – article

This article and PowerPoint show teachers of 4-7s in RE some interesting and fresh ways of making RE learning more playful. (pp.14-16)

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Not only animals but ‘hope’ and ‘new beginnings’

Not only animals but ‘hope’ and ‘new beginnings’

Ways to make the story of the ark and the flood a stimulus for deeper thinking for 5-11s. (pp.16-17)

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Demographics and religion - article

This document helps pupils see religion as it is in relation to their own view of the UK. It’s set up as a ‘marks out of ten’ quiz, and is fun to do, but carries lots of learning. (pp.26-7)

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A happy man, and a moral voice for love, peace and justice

A pdf of the article by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Science and Belief winners

The winning entries. (p.28).

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A big step up for your RE in a single day

RE Today believe they have a great way of lifting a whole school’s ambition and achievement in RE through whole-school professional development, often through clusters of school, multi-academy trusts and other networks of schools. Find out how...

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Reading with Terry Waite

Many teachers of RE will recall Terry Waite’s long captivity as a hostage in Lebanon in the 1990s. In this PowerPoint, he looks back at the experience for the benefit of your GCSE pupils.

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The poster by Nurdin Norung

The poster by Nurdin Norung

The poster by Nurdin Norung

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Hopes and dreams

Newham schools have an annual competition for RE work, with this year’s theme on hopes and dreams. Here is Claire Clinton’s report on two examples of some great work. Should your academy chain or local SACRE run something similar? a PDF of the REtoday article on pp.12-13

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Help! How can I teach Easter?

Idea's and examples. a PDF of the REtoday article on pp.16-17

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How does peace grow?

A pdf of the story from the centre pages of the magazine.

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Easter: Developing the theme across the primary school

Easter: Developing the theme across the primary school

Progression activities for younger children aged 4-7 supporting your teaching of Easter. From the RE Today publication Special Times.

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Learning to argue about religion and belief

An extended version of the article by Ben Wood and Lat Blaylock on using questions about prayer to develop students’ skills at arguing.

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What does it mean to be a spiritual person?

This presentation supports the unit on 'What does it mean to be a spiritual person?' pp.10-15.

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How do Muslims contribute to Britain today

The presentation includes a quiz about modern-day British Islam.

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TEACH:RE Secondary Powerpoint

TEACH:RE Secondary Powerpoint

A short introduction for teachers of RE in Secondary schools.

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Ten ways to use photos in RE

Examples of what young people did with their spirituality and photography project in Newham.

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Planned improvement in RE

This article showcases a project to make RE better in Exeter schools, and the fabulous work it generated in Exeter Cathedral at Easter 2014.

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Dealing with Problems of Prejudice PPT

Dealing with Problems of Prejudice PPT

Use it as the basis of a lesson. Work through the ideas and information and give pupils a copy of Peter’s interview to read as they respond to the different tasks and questions.

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Tackling problems of prejudice

An interview with campaigning activist Peter Tatchell. Readymade lessons for 14–19s on homophobia, equal love and gay marriage, including two interviews and a PowerPoint for teachers to use.

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Attainment, threshold concepts and RE: a response to Mark Chater

Stephen Pett responds to the article by Mark Chater

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Houses of wisdom PPT

This article reports on the exciting project in Newham where pupils and schools entered a competition to showcase their work in visiting places of worship, houses of wisdom

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TEACH:RE Primary Powerpoint

TEACH:RE Primary Powerpoint

A short introduction for teachers of RE in Primary schools.

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Our team model church pp.14-16

PDF of the magazine article

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The langar on the street pp.32-33

PDF of the magazine article.

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The Values Game

PDF of the magazine article (pp.38-39)

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Hindu Creation Story: The Big Picture

PDF of the magazine article. A Hindu creation story: a twentieth-century mural from a palace in Rajasthan.

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The Big Picture: Carving Jesus (page 92)

jpg and PDFs to supplement this article.

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Big Concepts in Primary RE: Faith-what does that mean?

Anna Fane teaches at Nettleham Junior School in Lincolnshire. Here are her reflections on RE’s use of abstract concepts with 7-11 year olds.

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Evil for real: the Charlie Hebdo Murders

A pdf document to support this article.

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The wheel of life

The wheel of life

A jpeg image to supplement the article.

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What comics can tell us about our religious lives

Rae Hancock, comic book fan, researcher, RE teacher, provides a fuller version of her ideas in this expanded article which featured in shorter form on pages 32-35 of April 2016’s RE Today magazine.

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Ian Latta on using the IPAD in RE

The great RE bake-off - or how to make the perfect Apple and Raspberry Pi. (page 38). An online presentation to support this article

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God’s pencil: a life story in 24 pieces

God’s pencil: a life story in 24 pieces

PDF to support this article

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Non-religious story – At the traffic lights

Non-religious story – At the traffic lights

What can we learn from these non-religious stories? A slideshow which supports the activities on pp. 10–15 of RE Today's Inspiring RE: living without God publication. Includes the story 'At the traffic lights'.

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The search for God

Martyn Joseph, singer songwriter, released ‘I Searched for You’ in 2015. We asked Martyn some questions about the song, and provide below some learning ideas about the search for God. A PDF to support this article.

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A Humanist Manifesto PPT

A Humanist Manifesto PPT

This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from RE Today’s book Examining RE: Atheists pp. 8-9. It explores the Humanist Manifesto and gives ideas on how to explore this with your students.

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Christians singing in Calais’s refugee camp

Copy and cut up these nine boxes, which tell the story of the refugee church in the Calais Jungle, or use the PowerPoint to introduce the story. The activity here asks pupils to guess, eight times, what happened next. It uses speculation and curiosity to generate learning and interest. Further analytical activities follow.

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The big picture: Looking at four Sikh artefacts

A PowerPoint presentation and PDF to supplement this article.

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‘A Christian view’ extended interview with Lizzie Henderson

‘A Christian view’ extended interview with Lizzie Henderson

Faith in science? Faith in God? By Lizzie Henderson, Youth and Schools Programme Coordinator at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. This is an extended version of Lizzie’s article from the January 2018 edition of REtoday magazine.

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The big picture: Looking at four Sikh artefacts

This term’s visual learning idea is simple. The four artefacts in the pictures show four key aspects of Sikhism.You could adapt this learning idea to any religion, using four pictures. It uses simple enquiry methods and is suited to the learning needs of children aged from 7 upwards.

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Derren Brown: Is religion all in the mind? (Part 1)

Derren Brown is probably the UK’s most famous illusionist. He was once a Christian, but his new show seriously questions the nature of miracles, begging the question, ‘Is religion all in the mind?’

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Derren Brown: Is religion all in the mind?

Darren brown image

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Derren Brown: Is religion all in the mind? (Part 2)

Derren Brown is probably the UK’s most famous illusionist. He was once a Christian, but his new show seriously questions the nature of miracles, begging the question, ‘Is religion all in the mind?’

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A Buddhist lantern festival

Recently, over 950 people gathered for a traditional Shinnyo Buddhist lantern floating ceremony at the peaceful, serene Shinnyo-en Buddhist centre in Kent. Article and questions.

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The Prodigal Son Part 1

Can artwork promote enquiry-based RE learning?

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The Prodigal Son Part 2

Can artwork promote enquiry-based RE learning?

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A-Z of Religion and Beliefs films

A-Z of Religion and Beliefs films

These secondary films from BBC Teach are an A-Z of world religions and belief, covering subjects as diverse as religious clothing, extremism, the distribution of wealth and more philosophical themes.

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Religions of the World films

Religions of the World films

Primary films from the BBC Teach for 4–7s: Religions of the World is a series of ten animated ‘Octonaut-style’ stories from six different world religions.

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Things I like, things I don’t like

RE Ideas: Community - Things I like, things I don’t like resource sheet

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Communities people belong to (Part 1)

RE Ideas: Community - Communities people belong to, part 1 activity

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Communities people belong to (Part 2)

RE Ideas: Community - Communities people belong to, part 2 activity

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The boy who threw stones at trees

RE Ideas: Community - The boy who threw stones at trees activity

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The story of Bibi Sundari

RE Ideas: Community - The story of the Sikh warrior Bibi Sundari

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Bible sentences: making sense, making links activity

RE Ideas: Community - Bible sentences: making sense, making links activity

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Prayers, meditations and reflections

RE Ideas: Community - Prayers, meditations and reflections activity

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The Ummah in the Five Pillar cards

RE Ideas: Community - The Ummah in the Five Pillar cards activity

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River Jordan

River Jordan

RE Ideas: Journey - Picture of the River Jordan

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River Ganges

River Ganges

RE Ideas: Journey - Image of the River Ganges

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Sorry, please, I love you, thanks activity

RE Ideas: Journey - Sorry, please, I love you, thanks activity

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Setting the challenge - Adams letter

RE Ideas: Journey - Setting the challenge - Teaching about the Jewish festival of Pesach activity

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Information on the city of Varanasi

RE Ideas: Journey - Map of Varanasi

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Religious Life Journey Snakes and Ladders

RE Ideas: Journey - Snakes and ladders board game activity

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A pilgrims journey

RE Ideas: Journey - Visual journey aid for Islamic pilgrimage

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Hajj fact file

RE Ideas: Journey - Hajj fact file

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Rayyan's journey

RE Ideas: Journey - Rayyan is going on Hajj with his family. See what he has to say about the experience:

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Space for the spiritual

What can we learn from visiting a place of worship? Katherine France offers some tried and tested approaches to deeper learning from a visit to a place of worship, backed up with examples of her pupils’ work that will stimulate your learners as well.

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A5 pictures of various places of worship

RE Ideas: Expressive arts - Various pictures of worship including a mosque, a church and a Holy Communion

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Cutaway mosque picture

RE Ideas: Expressive arts - Mosque Picture

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Team Mosque

RE Ideas: Expressive Arts - Team Mosque activity

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Stain glass window template - Trinity

RE ideas: Jesus - Stain glass window template - Trinity

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Stain glass window template - Nativity

RE Ideas: Jesus - Stain glass window template - Nativity

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Stain glass window template - Good Shepherd

RE Ideas: Jesus - Stain glass window template - Good Shepherd

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Stain glass window template - Blank

RE Ideas: Jesus - Stain glass window template - Blank

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Stain glass window template - Baptism

RE Ideas: Jesus - Stain glass window template - Baptism

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Stain glass window template - Ascension

RE Ideas: Jesus - Stain glass window template - Ascension

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Bible text to match to the windows - Mark 1

RE Ideas: Jesus - Mark 1:9–11

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Bible text to match to the windows - Luke 24

RE Ideas: Jesus - Luke 24:50–53

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Bible text to match to the windows - Luke 2

RE Ideas: Jesus - Luke 2:1–20

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Bible text to match to the windows - John 10

RE Ideas: Jesus - John 10:11–18

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Art representing Jesus (IBC) - Madonna image

RE Ideas: Jesus - Madonna image

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Art representing Jesus (IBC)

RE Ideas: Jesus - Many Christian and non-Christian artists choose to represent the person and life of Jesus Christ through art.

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Dinner table dialogue image

RE Ideas: Jesus - Dinner table dialogue image

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Dinner table dialogue

RE Ideas: Jesus - Dinner table dialogue about Judaism and Jesus

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The Transfiguration Activity

RE Ideas: Jesus - The Transfiguration Activity

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The Transfiguration

RE Ideas: Jesus - The Transfiguration

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Why were Jewish people waiting for the Messiah?

RE Ideas: Jesus - Cards for Activity 2: Why were Jewish people waiting for the Messiah activity

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Do it yourself prayer writing: construct-a-prayer for Christians

RE Ideas: Jesus - For each of the following situations students must select from the prayer-bank below to construct a prayer a Christian might say.

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Christian prayer includes…

RE Ideas: Jesus - Christian prayer includes

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Jesus and prayer

RE Ideas: Jesus - Jesus and prayer

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Finding meaning in objects - St Brigid Cross

RE Ideas: Jesus - Finding meaning in objects - St Brigid Cross

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Finding meaning in objects - Anchor Cross

RE Ideas: Jesus - Finding meaning in objects - Anchor Cross

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Finding meaning in objects - The Alpha and Omega

RE Ideas: Jesus - Finding meaning in objects - The Alpha and Omega

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Story meaning cards

RE Ideas - Jesus - Story meaning cards - These will be most useful if you enlarge this page and cut out the cards to use in your discussions with pupils.

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The calling of the first disciples: Luke 5:1–11

The calling of the first disciples: Luke 5:1–11

RE Ideas: Jesus - The calling of the first disciples: Luke 5:1–11

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The net of the dice from page 4

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - The net of the dice

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A PDF of photos to download from page 5

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - Photos from page 5

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Quote to illuminate what it means to be a Humanist

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - Quote to illuminate what it means to be a Humanist (from p6 Humanist)

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Quote to illuminate the meaning of Islam

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - Quote to illuminate the meaning of Islam (from page 6)

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Quote to illuminate what it means to be a Christian

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - Quote to illuminate what it means to be a Christian (from page 6)

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Quote to illuminate the meaning of Judaism

RE ideas: Sacred Words - quote to illuminate the meaning of Judaism (from page 6)

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The story of the wise man and the bowl of milk

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - A PDF of the story of the wise man and the bowl of milk from page 9

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Photos of the Guru Granth Sahib

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - PDFs of the 6 photos of the Guru Granth Sahib from page 11

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Mool Mantar - ‘There is only One God’ box

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - PDF of Mool Mantar - ‘There is only One God’ box from page 12

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Mool Mantar grid

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - PDF of the Mool Mantar grid from page 13

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Pages 16-17 in b&w drawing

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - PDF of pages 16-17 in b&w drawing

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Pages 16-17 in full colour

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - Why are there different types of writing in the Bible? - Pages 16-17 in full colour

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Making a “Bible box”

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - Make a small “Bible box” from thin card. It will help you to learn that the Bible, for Christians, is “one book, many parts”. PDF of Page 19

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Scroll and quotes from the Bible

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - PDF of scroll and quotes from the Bible on page 20

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The Bible in a box

RE Ideas: Sacred Words - PDF of page 21 - The Bible in a box

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Images of various Jewish traditions

RE Ideas - Sacred Words: Images of various Jewish traditions and a simplified version of Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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Islam - Khadijah’s story

RE Ideas - Sacred Words - Khadijah's story

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The Kalima and Allah al-Wadud

RE Ideas - Sacred Words - The Kalima and Allah al-Wadud

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Whispering and Shouting Presentation

Whispering and Shouting Presentation

RE Ideas: God - Whisper and Shout: What words are worth it?

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A PDF of the interview with Rehaan

RE Ideas - Sacred Words: An interview with 12-year-old Rehaan, hafiz in training

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Miriams little brother moses

RE Ideas: God - Miriams little brother moses

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Bulrush Outline

RE Ideas - God: Simple image of Bulrush outline

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David and Goliath

RE Ideas: God - The story of David and Goliath

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A-Z of Religion and Beliefs (A-C) lesson ideas

Teachers notes and classroom ideas relating to the BBC series 'A to Z of religions and belief'. This collection of notes covers lesson ideas on Atheism, Burka and Creation. Films can be found here. https://www.natre.org.uk/resources/?Search=A-Z&SearchType=and&NoDefaultFilter=

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Ripple Outline

RE Ideas - God: Simple image of Ripple outline

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Moses basket outline

RE Ideas - God: Simple image of Moses basket outline

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Stone outline

RE Ideas - God: Simple image of stone outline

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Artwork A: Processional Cross of the Most Holy Trinity

RE Ideas - God: Carvings by artist Jean Lamb

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Artwork B: Interpretation of Rublevs Icon of the Trinity

RE Ideas - God: Painting by artist Sophie Hacker

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Artwork C: Trinity

RE Ideas - God: By Artist Jean Lamb: Oil painting on wood

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Investigating Art

RE Ideas - God: Questions for groups to discuss about Artwork A: Processional Cross of the Most Holy Trinity, Artwork B: Interpretation of Rublev’s Icon of the Trinity and Artwork C: Trinity

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The Hindu Trimurti

RE Ideas - God: Image of The Hindu Trimurti

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The birth of Lord Brahma and the creation of the universe

RE Ideas - God: Story of the birth of Lord Brahma and the creation of the universe

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Lord Vishnu appears on earth

RE Ideas - God: The story of Lord Vishnu

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Lord Shiva and the hunter

RE Ideas - God: The story of Lord Shiva and the hunter

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Leaf Outline

RE Ideas - Sacred Places - Simple image of leaf outline

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Flame Outline

RE Ideas - Sacred Places - Simple image of flame outline

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Outline drawing of Tryptych

RE Ideas - Sacred Places: Simple Image of Tryptych outline

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Illustration of Earth

RE Ideas - Sacred Places - Simple image of Earth

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Visit Activity Sheet

RE Ideas - Sacred Places: Visit Activity Sheet

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Mosque Cutaway

RE Ideas: Sacred Places - Image of a Mosque

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Church Cutaway

RE Ideas - Sacred Places - Image of a Church

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Religion in the neigbourhood

RE Ideas - Sacred Places: Pictures demonstrating local religion.

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Erratum Sacred Places

RE Ideas - Sacred Places: Correctly labelled assessment for learning levels for 4 to 6 year olds.

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Emoticon Gamesboard

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Emoticon Gamesboard

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Using stories of the stars to teach an important concept

Using stories of the stars to teach an important concept

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Abraham and the Stars presentation

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A Gods eye view

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - A visual image of God's eye view

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Hajj Pilgrimage Photo 1

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Pilgrims walk around the Kaaba

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Hajj Pilgrimage photo 2

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Shaving hair at Eid-ul-Adha

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Hajj Pilgrimage photo 3

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Circling the Ka'aba wearing ihram

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Hajj Pilgrimage photo 4

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Running between safa and marwa

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Hajj Pilgrimage photo 5

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - The stand at arafat

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Hajj Pilgrimage photo 7

RE Ideas: Spiritual Development - Water at Zam zam

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Character faces illustrations

RE Ideas - Spiritual Development - Character faces illustrations

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Blank storytelling cards

RE Ideas - Christmas - Blank storytelling cards

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The gift box outline

RE Ideas - Christmas - The gift box outline

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The storytelling cards

RE Ideas - Christmas - Being a storyteller

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Good news and bad news pictures with text cards

RE Ideas - Christmas - What is the good news and bad news of Christmas pictures and text cards

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Labels and captions

RE Ideas - Christmas - Labels and captions of thoughts feelings and objects at Christmas

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Using a source of wisdom to interpret Christian practice

RE Ideas - Christmas - Using a source of wisdom to interpret Christian practice: Bible quotes

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Christmas in the church

RE Ideas - Christmas - Christmas in the church image

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Drama Character Cards

RE Ideas - Christmas - Drama Character Cards

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Narrative cards for feelings graph

RE Ideas - Christmas: Narrative cards for feelings graph activity

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A Feelings graph template

RE Ideas: Christmas - A Feelings graph template

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The Forgiving King and the Unforgiving Servant

RE Ideas - Fairness and Justice: Story about The Forgiving King and the Unforgiving Servant with thought points and illustrations

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The Milk and the Jasmine Flower Story

RE Ideas: Fairness and Justice - Guru Nanak and the story of equality.

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Jonah and the big fish

RE Ideas: Fairness and Justice - A bible story about Jonah and the Big Fish

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Believing in equality: A Sikh story for everybody

RE Ideas: Fairness and Justice - Sallie Boyd explains how 8-year-olds explored a Sikh belief and some of their own ideas during a whole school RE week about wise words

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How do Jewish people think we can mend the world?

RE Ideas- Fairness and Justice - A PDF of the two quotations of how Jewish people think we can mend the world

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A mystery: Why does Zara give money away at Ramadan

RE Ideas - Fairness and Justice: A mystery: Why does Zara give money away at Ramadan cards

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Using your money - Quotes for an activity

RE Ideas - Fairness and Justice: Using your money - Quotes for an activity

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Sentence knockout: You are happy if...

RE Ideas - Fairness and Justice: Sentence knockout: You are happy if activity

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Elimination Diagram for 32 entries

RE Ideas - Fairness and Justice -Elimination Diagram for 32 entries

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Looking inside different ways people pray at home

RE Ideas - Literacy: Looking inside different ways people pray at home

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Grace's Home - A prayer of thanks

RE Ideas - Literacy: Grace's Home - A prayer of thanks image

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Role play area or home corner

RE Ideas: Literacy - Role play area or home corner activity

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Role play area or home corner images

RE Ideas: Literacy - Role play area or home corner images

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Inspiring words? Questions and tasks

RE Ideas: Literacy - Inspiring words? Questions and tasks

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Meaningful milestones magazine article

RE Ideas: Literacy: Elliot and Sarah share with us important milestones in their life in Judaism

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Image of Tallit template

RE Ideas: Literacy - Image of Tallit template

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Active reading grid for Judaism

RE Ideas: Literacy - Active reading grid for Judaism to support the article on Sarah and Elliot

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Blank snowflake template

RE Ideas: Literacy - Blank snowflake template

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Christianity snowflake

RE Ideas: Literacy -Christianity snowflake

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Questions for debate

RE Ideas: Literacy - Case studies that are suitable to use for ‘Agenda setting’, ‘Points of view’ or ‘Formal debate’.

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An Interview with Rabbi Nancy Morris

Q and A with Rabbi Nancy Morris.

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What is love 5-6 yr olds share ideas

Christian value of Love using the passage from the Bible in 1 Corinthians ch. 13 vs 4–7.

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If Not Higher

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Meeting a Baptist pastor

Exploring a theme: Leaders and Followers - Interview with a Baptist pastor

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The Healing of Jairus’s daughter

Exploring a theme: Puzzling Questions - The healing of Jairus' daughter adapted from the Bible

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Easter senses interactive worksheet

Exploring a theme: Journey of Life and Death - Easter senses interactive worksheet

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The Journey of Life

A visual learning resource. Colour

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The Journey of Life

Exploring a theme: Journey of Life and Death - The Journey of Life - A visual learning resource - The black and white version

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Metaphor making

Exploring a theme: Journey of Life and Death - Making up metaphors for death

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The story of the widows mite

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - Pupil activity page for 4 – 7 year olds on the Christian story of the Widow’s Mite

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A story from Islam about kindness and sharing

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - An interactive story from Islam about kindness and sharing

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A senses poem

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - A writing prompt activity

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Why is the cow so special in Hinduism

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - Probing questions for conversation and written work

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Hindus and Christians changing the world

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - Hindus and Christians changing the world: activity page

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Standing up for justice and peace activity 1

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - Visual learning activity: What’s it all about?

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Putting beliefs into action: John Sentamu

Exploring a theme: Beliefs in Action in the World - Putting beliefs into action: John Sentamu (newspaper article extract)

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Meeting Sally and her Christian Family

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - Various images of activities that are really important to Sally

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The Advent Wreath

Exploring a theme: Religion around me - Engagement though the use of an artefact: an Advent Ring

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Religion around us: a visual resource

Exploring a Theme:Religion around me - Religion around us: a visual resource in colour

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Religion around us accompanying text

Exploring a Theme: Religion Around Me - Religion around us accompanying text

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Where can we find 'Religion'?

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - Supplementary information for teachers

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Questions to ask about religion

Exploring a theme: Religion around me - questions for students to answer about their faith

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Questions about your life

Exploring a theme: Religion around me - questions for students to answer about their life

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Religion Around Me - Meet Nathan

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - An Interview with Nathan, a Catholic boy

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Religion Around Me - Meet Dora

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - An Interview with Dora, a Quaker

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Religion Around Me - Meet Alice

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - An Interview with Alice, a Buddhist

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Religion Around Me - Meet Rohit

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - An Interview with Rohit, a Hindu

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Religion Around Me - Meet Eeshar

Exploring a theme: Religion Around Me - An Interview with Eashar, a Sikh

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Spot the promise

Exploring a theme: Exploring codes for a living - Spot the promise - Activity for children to think about promises and their own experience.

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Exploring celebrations presentation

Exploring a theme: Celebrations - Exploring celebrations presentation - a card and discussion activity

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Making hard decisions: a visual learning resource - moral islands

Exploring a theme: Exploring codes for a living - Making hard decisions: a visual learning resource moral islands in colour

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Resource cards of different religious teachings

Exploring a theme: Exploring codes for a living - Resource cards of different religious teachings

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The commitment game

Exploring a theme: Exploring codes for a living - The commitment game

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Sorting out celebrations: a card and discussion activity for all

Exploring a theme: Celebrations - This activity will help pupils to consider how the celebrations of a faith community are similar to, and different from, personal celebrations

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Draw the missing picture

Exploring a Theme: Sacred Stories - Activity on drawing the missing picture based on images shown around the page.

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Pardes template

Exploring a Theme: Sacred Stories - PaRDeS template with a matrix based on the principles underpinning Pardes.

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Pardes approach

Exploring a Theme: Sacred Stories - A worked example by Laurie Rosenberg - The Story of Abraham and Isaac

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Biblical Wisdom

Exploring a Theme: Sacred Stories -32 simplified Bible quotations

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Money Values - Using story to explore values

Exploring a Theme: Sacred Stories - What matters more than money? Reflecting on values using a traditional story and a story from another culture

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Worship and devotion learning activity

Exploring a theme: Worship - Worship and Devotion images with questions

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Meeting young Christian worshippers

Exploring a theme: Worship - Meeting young worshippers - different types of Christians

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Interviews with young Jewish worshippers

Exploring a theme: Worship - Interviews with young Jewish worshippers

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Interviews with young Hindu worshippers

Exploring a theme: Worship - Interviews with young Hindu worshippers

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Interviews with young Muslim worshippers

Exploring a theme: Worship - Interviews with young Muslim (Shia and Sunni) worshippers

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Faith stories: Judaism

Opening up RE: Values - The story of Hanukkah - Adapted from Maccabees books 1 and 2

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Fruits and roots

Opening up RE: Values - Exploring Christian teachings about love

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A Sikh Langar

Opening up RE: Values - A Sikh Langar photograph

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Learning from Hindu Values: an extended version

Opening up RE: Values - This sequence of lesson ideas, expanded from the book Opening up Values, is designed to help your pupils to think for themselves about what is good and bad, nice and nasty, kind and unkind.

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Child Characters

Opening up RE: Values - Child characters representing six world religions

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Prayer positions in Islam

Opening up RE: Values - Prayer positions in Islam - Photographs with annotations

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Peace Characters

Opening up RE: Values - Peace Characters - Simple Outlines

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Exploring the 99 names of Allah

Opening up RE: Islam - Exploring the 99 names of Allah activity template

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What is Allah/God like?

Opening up RE: Islam - What is Allah/God like activity template

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Key features of Islamic gardens

Opening up RE: Islam - Annotated diagram of Islamic gardens

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Belonging to a Jewish family: A special meal

Opening up RE: Belonging - Activities, information and illustrations on Judaism

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Odd One Out Activity

Opening up RE: Belonging - Odd One Out Activity Template

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Similarities and Differences Activity

Opening up RE: Belonging - Similarities and Differences Activity Template

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What do our belongings say about us?

Opening up RE: Belonging - what do our belongings say about us colour illustration

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What do our belongings say about us?

Opening up RE: Belonging - what do our belongings say about us black and white illustration

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A process for good learning in RE

Opening up RE: Belonging - A process for good learning in RE

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An effective RE planning process

Opening up RE: Belonging - An effective RE planning process example for upper primary

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Persona Dolls

Opening up RE: Hinduism - Suggestions for using persona dolls and how to link them to RE

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Connections activity

Opening up RE: Hinduism - Making connections and explaining links activity template

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The story of Shravan

Opening up RE: Hinduism - Exploring Hindu beliefs about action and consequences

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Moksha Chitram Board Colour

Opening up RE: Hinduism - Snakes and Ladders Moksha Chitram Board Colour

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Moksha Chitram Board Black and White

Opening up RE: Hinduism - Snakes and Ladders Moksha Chitram Board Black and White

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Selection of Crosses Response Sheet

Opening up RE: Easter - Selection of Crosses Response Sheet

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A Selection of Crosses

Opening up RE: Easter - A Selection of Cross Images

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The Easter story

Opening up RE: Easter - The Easter story

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Labyrinth

Opening up RE: Easter - A simple image of a Labyrinth

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Early Learning Goals

Opening up RE: Respect - Early Learning Goals

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Sunita the Scavenger

Opening up RE: Respect - Sunita the Scavenger story and activity template

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We're all different - We're all the same cards

Opening up RE: Respect - We're all different - We're all the same cards

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Teachers Information Sheet

Opening up RE: Respect - Teachers Information Sheet

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Yawtown Colour

Opening up RE: Respect - Yawtown Colour image

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T-Shirt Template Activity

Opening up RE: Respect - T-Shirt Template Activity

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Talking Circle

Opening up RE: Respect - Discussing quotations activity

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The Values Game Activity - Part 1

Opening up RE: Respect - The Values Game Activity - Part 1

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The Values Game Activity - Part 2

Opening up RE: Respect - The Values Game Activity - Part 2

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Human bingo

Opening up RE: Respect - Human bingo activity

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The commitment game presentation

Exploring a theme: Exploring codes for a living - The commitment game presentation

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The Synagogue: Joining in - Activity 2

Opening up RE: Judaism - Through the doors of Northwood and Pinner Liberal synagogue activity. Some Jewish children explain about key features of the Synagogue

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Synagogue doors

Opening up RE: Judaism - A Photograph of synagogue doors

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Food outlines

Opening up RE: Judaism - Food outlines for activity 1 to ask pupils to explain the significance of the food.

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Goat outlines

Opening up RE: Judaism - Goat outlines

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Jewish Beliefs: artefacts

Opening up RE: Judaism - An image of Passover Seder, an image of metal utensils and milk containers and writing excerpts by Franta Bass and Simon Winston

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Zacchaeus treasure hunt

Opening up RE: Christianity - Zacchaeus treasure hunt images

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Jigsaw story: The Lost Coin

Opening up RE: Christianity - Jigsaw story: The Lost Coin image

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Blank jigsaw story outline

Opening up RE: Christianity - A blank jigsaw outline

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Belief and behaviour activity - Colour

Belief and behaviour activity - Colour

Opening up RE: Christianity - A colourful image for the activity on belief and behaviour

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Belief and behaviour activity - Black and white

Belief and behaviour activity - Black and white

Opening up RE: Christianity - A black and white image for the activity on belief and behaviour

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Windows showing worship

Opening Up RE: Christianity - Four colourful images showing worship

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Bible quotes

Opening up RE: Christianity - Various biblical quotes

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Disentangling the text activity

Opening up RE: Christianity - Answers to activity 1 on page 27

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The lion graphic bible: The lost son

Opening up RE: Christianity - How do Christians use the Bible and what difference does it make?

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Tasty RE

Opening up RE: Creativity - Religious food images

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Taste test chart activity

Opening up RE: Creativity - Taste test chart activity

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A beautiful message for Jewish people

Opening up RE: Creativity - Questions based on Jewish passages

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A beautiful message for Muslim people

Opening up RE: Creativity - Questions based on Muslim passages

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Prayer Cards

Opening up RE: Creativity - A series of images with different prayers

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Learning from nature: image cards

Opening up RE: Community - Images that draw on Buddhist scriptures

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Learning from nature: matching

Opening up RE: Community - Words to connect with images

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Learning from nature: use your body!

Opening up RE: Community - Acting out cards to understand Buddhist teachings.

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Learning from nature: lessons from Buddhism

Opening up RE: Community - Simple versions of what Buddhist scriptures say.

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Learning from nature: taking it further

Opening up RE: Community - Summaries of Buddhist Scripture

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Exploring puzzling questions: two practical actvities

Exploring puzzling questions: two practical actvities

This resource is from the publication 'Exploring Puzzling Questions'. Page 10-12. Includes two practical activities for 5-7 year olds. Two concepts are using stories and using pictures.

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Introducing Seva (selfless service)

Opening up RE: Community - Images and images with text to do with Seva

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Enquiring into Buddhist community interview activity

Opening up RE: Community - Enquiring into the importance of community for Buddhists activity

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Emoticons

Opening up RE: Thankfulness - Emoticon images

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Untangled harvest hymns

Opening up RE: Thankfulness - Answers to Activity 2, page 21 of Opening up Thoughtfulness.

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Emails from Reverend Bob

Opening up RE: Thankfulness - Emails from Reverend Bob about Harvest time

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Harvest donations judgement task

Opening up RE: Thankfulness - Where shall we send the harvest donations - a judgement task

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Who promises?

Opening up RE: Promises - An activity to discuss who makes promises.

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Promises: The two sons

Opening up RE: Promises - The parable of the Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-32 (Good News Bible)

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The widow's offering image

Opening up RE: Promises - The widow's offering image

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Resource sheet: marriage promises in Christianity

Opening up RE: Promises - Resource sheet: marriage promises in Christianity

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Resource sheet: marriage promises in Judaism

Opening up RE: Promises - Resource sheet: marriage promises in Judaism

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Resource sheet: marriage promises in Hinduism

Opening up RE: Promises - Resource sheet: marriage promises in Hinduism

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Opening up RE Overview

Opening up RE: what the series contains

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Stained glass window 1

Stained glass window 1

A photograph

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Front cover

Front cover

God and the big Bang front cover

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Essential RE: Freedom - front cover

Essential RE: Freedom - front cover A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Essential RE: Freedom - blank front cover

Essential RE: Freedom - blank front cover A blank version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Why might religious believers want to attract others to their faith?

Essential RE: Freedom. Classroom activity linked to this RE Today publication. Set of reasons for pupils to put in order of importance.

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Buddhist wheel of life

Essential RE: Freedom. Buddhist Wheel of Life template from this RE Today publication.

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Interpreting the Book of Revelation part 2

A resource linked to this RE Today publication that shows the three different ways of interpreting the selected texts from the Book of Revelation.

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Blank front cover

A blank version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Dealing with suffering: religious and non-religious views

An additional resource giving Christian and atheist responses to suffering.

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An extended version of Augustine’s diary entry

An extended version of Augustine’s diary entry from p.29.

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Summary of theodicies

Summary of theodicies from the unit 'How effective are solutions to the philosophical problem of evil?' on pp.24-29.

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Front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Blank front cover

A blank version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?

PDFs of the information pages on the Holy Spirit (pp.20-1).

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Front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils. Includes blank version.

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Front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Blank front cover

A blank version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Front cover images

A downloadable version of the individual cover images of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Extended interviews with people of faith

Extended interviews from pp.12-13, plus an additional Muslim response.

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Pathways of belief - blank grids

Blank versions of the pathways from pp.20-3 from the unit 'Why do some people believe or not believe in God?'

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Pathways of belief grids

All the statements from pp.20-3 to use with the blank grid (provided as a separate resource).

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Essential RE: God - front cover

Essential RE: God - front cover A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Blank front cover

A blank version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Blank front cover

A blank version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Biography of belief

This presentation looks at how belief and experience make a difference to each other in the biography of a young atheist and a young Muslim. These two examples will enable you to write a ‘biography of belief’ of your own.

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Two paths to truth

Article by Brian Cox, pp. 6-7 of RE Today magazine spring 2018. Professor Brian Cox has called for believers and non-believing scientists to acknowledge each other’s contributions to human beings’ search for meaning, and to avoid ‘toxic’ dismissals of different worldviews.

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14 key moments in Jesus 'last hours'

This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Spring 2018’s REtoday magazine, pp. 24–5. Start your pupils off on slide 4.

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What is religion?

What is religion?

This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Spring 2018’s REtoday magazine, pp. 32–3. Start your pupils off on the next slide. It provides practical lesson ideas what religion is all about and provides an opportunity for critical thinking with 11–16s.

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Man gave names to all the animals

Stephen Guyon Bird is an artist who used to be a teacher. He has been creating images from the narrative of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. This PowerPoint sequence supports ideas from Spring 2018’s REtoday magazine, pp. 92–3.

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Front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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Three worldviews on being human

An extended version of the information on p.7, including a Christian, Hindu and Atheist view on being human.

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Reciprocal reading strategy

Extended instructions for the reciprocal reading strategy on p.8.

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Religion as human transformation Geoff Teece

In this article, Geoff Teece makes out a cogent case for presenting each of the religious traditions as an interpretation of faulty human existence together with a route to transformation.

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Activity 3: Argument sheet

A script for an argument in 20 bites between a Christian and an Atheist on 'What does it mean to be human?'.

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Activity 3: Pupil worksheet

Build skills by filling in with ideas, reasons, evidence and sources to support your point of view.

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Alter outline

An A4 outline of the altar from p.31 for pupils to design their own.

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In our Liverpool 8 home

Dr Matthew Thompson shares the exciting projects of Liverpool Community Spirit in exploring community identity and social cohesion in the European capital of cultural diversity.

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Front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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How do some non-religious people welcome a new baby - unit PDF pp.4-9

How do some non-religious people welcome a new baby - unit PDF pp.4-9

This resource is a PDF version of RE Today's curriculum book 'Living without God'. It focuses on naming ceremony and celebrations.

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What is the Christian hope for life after death?

Activities for students relating to Christian ideas about life after death.

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Six reasoned beliefs about the afterlife

Learning activities.

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Front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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A Christian responds to Rudolph Bultmann

A Christian response to Bultmann's theories and philosophy.

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Ways of looking at the truth

Simple images from p.20 with blank speech bubbles to be filled out by students.

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Epic of Atrahasis play script

Play script for the Epic of Atrahasis.

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Essential RE: Happiness - front cover

A downloadable version of the cover of this RE Today publication to use with your pupils.

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A Buddhist talks about happiness

Extended version of the interview with Ven Tenzin Choesang on p.12

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How does being a Hindu affect life in India?

Answers to the matching activity on page 30.

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Karma, puja, reflection and Hindu belief

Colour and black and white versions of the gameboard for Moksha Patuma and pictures of a Hindu shrine for classroom use (page 11).

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Photo - Flo's baby welcoming 1

Photo - Flo's baby welcoming 1

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - Flo's baby welcoming 1.

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Jihad responses

Muhammad Awan lectures in politics and religion. Here he gives his response to the question : What does jihad mean to me?

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Access Challenge

The curriculum ideas about Islam in this are all flexible to meet the needs of lower achieving students. Here are four ideas to enable the teacher to make work simple and accessible for a wide range of needs.

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Photo - Flo reading the poem she wrote at George's baby welcoming

Photo - Flo reading the poem she wrote at George's baby welcoming

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - Flo reading the poem she wrote at George's baby welcoming.

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Triads framework

Responses to Suffering: similarities and differences

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Pentecostal Christian way of life

How does being a Pentecostal Christian have an impact on your way of life?

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Photo - Flo's baby welcoming 2

Photo - Flo's baby welcoming 2

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - Flo's baby welcoming 2.

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Hinduism - empathy game

Black-and-white line drawing of the Christmas scene for the Martian report (page 4).

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Hinduism - human nature

A more detailed account of Hindu ideas about human nature and the problem of existence.

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Photo - George as a baby

Photo - George as a baby

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - George a baby.

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Photo - George now

Photo - George now

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - George now

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Photo - Kerrie and George at George's baby welcoming

Photo - Kerrie and George at George's baby welcoming

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - Kerrie and George at George's baby welcoming.

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Photo - Tim reading at George's baby welcoming

Photo - Tim reading at George's baby welcoming

Photograph from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God - Tim reading at George's baby welcoming.

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Hinduism - Mahabharata Translation

This unabridged version of chapter 5 is translated by Dermot Killingley

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Interview with young British Hindu's

Enquiring into the lives and goals of young British Hindus today: extended versions of the interviews from pages 22 - 23.

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Goddess Durga

An annotated image of the Durga image from pages 27-8.

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Devi Mahatmya hymn

This is an abridged version of the hymn (p.29).

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Shiva Parvati image

A copy of the Shiva and Parvati image from Bristol Hindu temple.

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Activity 4 answers

Activity 4 answers

How does being a Hindu affect life in India?

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Generic music analysis

Expressing meaning through sound: liberating music (pp.18-22 and 32). A generic music analysis sheet, for pupils to explore and compare different types of music.

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Lisa Kassapian Interview

An extended version of the interview with Lisa Kassapian.

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Spiral activity template

A blank template of p.10 for activity 2 on p.8.

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Extended interview with Tim, George's father

Extended interview with Tim, George's father

Extended interview with Tim, George's father, a non-religious perspective on celebration from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God.

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Buttresses Template

What is at the heart of being Jewish? A blank template for the buttress activity developing structured writing.

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Jewish responses to ethical issues

A copy of a selection of Jewish quotations from p.27, to support activity 1 on p.26.

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On the one hand

A blank version of the writing structure to support evaluative answers.

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Christian Interview

What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? Extended version of the interview with Christian teenager and parent.

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Muslim Interview

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? Extended version of the interview with Muslim teenager and parent.

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Humanist Interview

What does it mean to be a Humanist in Britain today? Extended version of the interview with Humanist teenager and parent.

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Target Board

A target board to support students in thinking about responses to the question ‘Who am I?’ (p.13).

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The future of Christianity

John Hull’s article for class discussion A copy of the analysis sheet on (p.4).

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The future of Christianity activity

Analyse the article by John Hull and fill in the grid.

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Bible card game

The wisdom bible card game (pp.7-9).

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Christology for beginners

Christology for beginners

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Christology for beginners activity

Rank and interpret these eight statements about Jesus.

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'Office for standards in Churches' inspection report form

What does it mean to love God and your neighbour? (pp.19-25). The 'Office for standards in Churches' inspection report form.

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What gap year would Jesus take?

Jennifer and Elanor’s accounts of their gap years (pp.26-31).

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The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus retold by Lat Blaylock.

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What can we learn from these non-religious stories - unit PDF pp. 10-15

What can we learn from these non-religious stories - unit PDF pp. 10-15

When approaching non-religious worldviews, using story to explore beliefs and values is very valuable, and here we present two stories which can be used in this way. A PDF version of pp. 10-15 from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God.

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sisyphus

sisyphus

Storyboard

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Searching for meaning purpose and truth

Emma Bennett’s artwork (Coloured image)

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Searching for meaning purpose and truth black and white

Emma Bennett’s artwork (Black and White image)

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Image of a bike

Image of a bike

An image of a bike to be used pp. 10-15 from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God. 'What can we learn from these non-religious stories'.

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Image of a car

Image of a car

An image of a car to be used pp. 10-15 from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God. 'What can we learn from these non-religious stories'.

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Image of a traffic light

Image of a traffic light

An image of a traffic light to be used pp. 10-15 from RE Today publication Inspiring RE: Living without God. 'What can we learn from these non-religious stories'.

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Buddha outline

A copy of the Buddha outline for use in Activity 3.

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Buddhist interviews

Extended versions of the interviews on pp.22-3.

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Thai Buddha

A copy of the Buddha image from the inside back cover for use in the classroom

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Trading values game

Trading Values board game (pp.6-8) Inc. the cards, board and rules for playing.

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Reverend Val’s diary

A week in the life of a Christian minister. Activities to explore the place and purpose of prayer for Christians.

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Voices on values and beliefs

Extended versions of the materials on p.11. Activity based on personal views

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Commitment game cards boards and rules

What are your commitments? Board Game. Inc. the cards, board and rules for playing (pp.14-20).

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Cover image

Cover image for Values and Commitments

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A view from inside Sikhism

An extended version of the interview with Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar (pp.2-5).

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What do non-religious people do to bring justice and equality

What do non-religious people do to bring justice and equality

This resource is a are pages 16-21 of RE Today's curriculum book 'Living without God'. Includes three activities and case studies.

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Art for display

Copies of the images on pp.7 & 9 for the IWB.

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Kartarpur messenger

What do Sikhs believe about how you should live? (pp.19-24) Copy of the ‘Kartarpur Messenger’ from p.21.

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Interview

Interview with Sikh artist, Sewa Singh Khalsa.

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We are the shoes

In support of Activity 2 Thinking, feeling, sensing (p. 20) of Questions: Jewish People, from RE Today Services 2011.

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Comment decoder

Comment decoder

For Students use

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Why don’t some people believe in God

Why don’t some people believe in God

These are pages 22-26 of RE Today's curriculum book Inspiring RE: Living without God. Includes practical classroom activities.

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can of worms

can of worms

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discussion activity

discussion activity

A Serious of quotes

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photo shiva

photo shiva

A photograph

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Science and religion information statements

Science and religion information statements

Individual A4 sheets with statements on science and religion. To be used with RE Today's curriculum book 'Why don’t some people believe in God'.

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Why don’t some people believe in God PPT

Why don’t some people believe in God PPT

A PowerPoint to support pages 22-26 of RE Today's curriculum book Inspiring RE: Living without God. Includes practical classroom activities.

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Using Yell.com to investigate religious diversity

Using Yell.com to investigate religious diversity

This document explains how the Yell directory may be used as a tool for investigating places of worship and religious organisations, in order to stimulate reflection on the nature and range of religious diversity within a locality.

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Analysing atheists: where do they stand on God? Activity card

Analysing atheists: where do they stand on God? Activity card

Activity card from page 5 of RE Today publication Examining Religion and Belief: Atheists.

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writing frame 1: Muslim beliefs about God

writing frame 1: Muslim beliefs about God

Writing a report about Muslim beliefs

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writing frame 2 :Muslim beliefs about God

writing frame 2 :Muslim beliefs about God

Writing a report about Muslim beliefs

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writing frame 3 : Muslim beliefs about God

writing frame 3 : Muslim beliefs about God

Writing a report about Muslim beliefs

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What happens when you die?

What happens when you die?

These are pages 27-32 of RE Today's curriculum book Inspiring RE: Living without God. Includes practical classroom activities.

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bahai couple

bahai couple

Interview with May and Hooshmand

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muslim interview

muslim interview

Interview with Mohamed

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Activity table (pp. 32)

Activity table (pp. 32)

Table to match poems and quotes from non-religious funeral services from page 32 of RE Today's curriculum book Inspiring RE: Living without God. Includes practical classroom activities.

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pagan interview

pagan interview

Interview with Cynthia

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What happens when you die? PPT

What happens when you die? PPT

A PowerPoint to support pages 27-32 of RE Today's curriculum book Inspiring RE: Living without God. Includes practical classroom activities.

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Sikh Interview

Sikh Interview

Interview with Gurdev

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Engaging imagination and expressing ideas task 1