Articles by Kate Christopher

Theory and practice
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RE and community cohesion: what are we looking at?

As we all know, one of the aims and purposes of RE, certainly since Tony Blair’s Secretary of State for Education Charles Clarke took an interest in the subject, has been to contribute towards community cohesion....

For the classroom 14-16
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Ten ways to handle technical vocab at GCSE

Grew A treeAccording to a Chinese proverb, the best time to grow a tree is 20 years ago, but the next best time is right now. Grow this tree as soon as you can. Start building key concepts and technical words into your...
Editorial
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Words and beyond

In this edition we go ‘beyond words’ in practical and philosophical terms. In the last edition we introduced Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan through her poetry. In this edition we explore more of her work, which addresses...
For the classroom 7-11
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Kisa and the mustard seeds

Kisagotami (called Kisa, for simplicity, in this article) was the daughter of the poorest family in the village. Eventually her kind ways charmed a young man, and they married. Once she was married, her husband’s...
For the classroom 11-16
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A history of the big idea of atheism

More of the world is religious than atheist, yet in the West atheism is normalised and on the increase. Just as many religions have an identifiable point of origin, so too does atheism as it has developed in the West....

The big picture
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THE BIG PICTURE: The realm of the hungry ghosts

Hell on earth: the realm of the hungry ghosts What is evil? Where is evil? The traditional view of a devil who tempts us and, if we really don’t shape up, a hell where we will suffer eternal punishment are familiar...
For the classroom 11-16
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Evil for real The Charlie Hebdo murders

One year ago, our media was dominated by news on attacks on cartoonists and magazine publishers in Paris. As the anniversary of this event is noted, teachers of RE will be asked questions, again, about Islam and terror....
For the classroom 11-16
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Fighting evil in practice

In this prototype lesson we will find out about the incredibly practical work carried out by a number of religious charities around the world to alleviate suffering. These include Christian Aid, Muslim Hands and...

For the classroom 7-14
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Animal, vegetable, mineral … and AI?

Kate Christopher offers some RE lessons from the generation who will have to work out what artificial intelligence does to change our lives and views.

Opinion
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Stormzy: grime and grace

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...

Editorial
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Telling stories

In this edition we are thinking about ‘stories’: the stories we tell children, the stories we tell ourselves and the stories that challenge and inspire us.

Events and resources 11-16
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God and the Big Bang secondary pupil day:

Discoveries and developments in science are often cited as the reason for decline in religious belief. The picture of the Universe presented by modern science leaves very little room for religious truths, or so the...

For the classroom 11-16
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What is Religion?

Do you ever get the sense that your students come to school to watch you work? Jane Halsall at Southend High School for Boys wants to shift the responsibility of critical thinking from her to her students’...

For the classroom 11-19
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Is community cohesion good or RE?

A decade ago the RE department in my diverse inner London school won a grant from the Religious Education Council (REC) to highlight RE’s contribution to community cohesion. We decided to commission a film. We asked...