Articles by Julie Grove

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Damn the syrup!

What’s the problem with how we teach the Christmas story? It’s expected that Christmas and Easter, the two main Christian festivals, will appear on every long-term plan for RE for all year groups in the primary...
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Storybag: Stories of The Lost Articles of Faith, grey/green cloth storybag with 23 wooden pieces, comprising figures, animals and contextual props, with 10pp booklet, £54.00, catalogue code: 4-GPLOST.
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Is what you see what you get?

Julie Grove has served on the RE Today Editorial Team for more than a decade. Here she reflects on our vision and our interpretations. Although there is a mystical interpretation of the word ‘vision’, it also relates...
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Implementing 4–7 RE with integrity

Julie Grove, whose career made her a specialist in Early Years and infants RE, makes four suggestions about good practice, with examples. Integrity in RE with this age group means using specific examples of religious...

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Janet Dyson, Reviews Editor Of the three books reviewed here two will certainly challenge those interested in theological, social, cultural and spiritual inquiry. First, Ed Pawson’s review of Danish writer and teacher...
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Edited by Jane Brooke RE in the Classroom Author: Helen JaegerAge range: 4–5Barnabas in School,BRF 2015, 63pp,softback, £7.99,ISBN: 978-1-84101-64-6 This book is subtitled 50 easy-to-use Bible based lesson plans for...
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One-minute wisdom: stories from Anthony de Mello

To a visitor who described himself as a seeker after Truth, the Master said, ‘If what you seek is Truth, there is one thing you must have above all else.’ ‘I know. An overwhelming passion for it.’ ‘No. An...
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Wisdom in action: A sword and a baby

There’s a story in the Bible about a young king who was extremely wise. His name was Solomon. One day, when he was holding court, the king heard a commotion beyond the great doors of his throne room. There was...
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The biggest question

I must have been about 4 years old because I remember the red shoes. Once I went to school, shoes had to be a serviceable brown. I can picture my red-shod feet walking around the curved edge of a very wide pavement...

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Remembering John Hull

Julie Grove marks the death of Professor John Hull last summer with a personal recollection. His unique contributions to RE made him a beloved figure to many readers of REtoday, and his work will continue to influence...
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Edited by Jane Brooke What is Humanism? How Do You Live Without a God? And Other Big Questions for Kids Age range: 7–11s Authors: Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young (Wayland, 2015), 48pp, hb, £13.99,ISBN...
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An icon of saintly courage

George and the dragon Julie Grove, REtoday editorial team member, shares ideas to enable the exploration of evil through a story for younger primary pupils. St George is the epitome of all that is good and brave in his...
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On these pages I regularly invite readers and colleagues to share their views about books they have enjoyed. Julie Grove has responded with a review of a book by Mark Oakley – theologian, poet, broadcaster, Dean of...

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What is it with donkeys?

If there is an animal close to the nation’s heart, it is surely the donkey. Those in the know reckon donkeys are good-natured, more like a dog than a horse in temperament, intelligent despite their reputation for...

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Is it possible to do justice to a subject as diverse as the history of religion in fewer than 250 pages? Can it really be more than the ‘Cook’s Tour’ of religions that good religious educators aim to avoid? Who...

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Who is it? Where is it? Why?

Julie Grove is wondering why a picture of Jesus has been painted on the ceiling of a Hindu temple in Leicester. She is a member of the RE Today Editorial Team. Worldviews come in different widths; some are narrow and...
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Important words that changed the world –

He stood quite still, almost overwhelmed by the moment, listening to his heartbeat pounding in his head as well as his chest. He was very aware of the silence that seemed to be closing in on him and the anticipation...

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How to tell a faith story well

Every day we are ‘storied’. We all live by stories – indeed, our lives are stories – but for them to mean something we have to be inside them; otherwise they are merely words. When we achieve that synergy, we...

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Beginnings and endings – An exploration

Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, is one of the most well-known of all Hindu images. It is enigmatic on first encounter, but its complexity makes it an exciting resource for exploring Hindu beliefs about the cycle of...

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The man who collected beetles

Julie Grove suggests RE work on Charles Darwin for the primary pupil

Have you ever looked at a beetle? I mean really closely? Have you seen its shiny back, iridescent with colour, when sometimes all you think...

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Book review – A Whisper of Peace

Dawud Wharnsby, illus. Shireen Adams, ed. Yosef Smyth, The Islamic Foundation/Kube Publishing 2014 (first released 1996), 35pp, hbk, $22.95 (no price in £s), ISBN 978-0-86037-534-0. This is a collection of songs written...