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Researching the religions and worldviews in RE: perspectives from inside a faith/worldview

Each issue of REtoday includes a set of pages from different writers to help RE teachers understand insider views. This issue is about RE and research, and we invited responses to the questions below from...

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Buddhism and tolerance

Bhante Tejwant serves as a Buddhist representative on Wolverhampton SACRE. He is a contributor to the NATRE anti-racist RE resource project, and here he gives a perspective from the way of the Buddha on tolerance. Use...

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Inside a faith

We asked people from inside different faiths to write an article about their identity from these eight questions. Consider your own answers to the questions – jot down some notes. Then read the examples on the next...

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When Greta Thunberg met Pope Francis

This activity is simple, flexible and potentially profound. A part of good RE around green issues is to consider whether religions have a part to play in climate justice and responding to the climate crisis, and to...

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Sacred landscapes and philosophical gardens: RE as a response to climate change

The world is dealing with two huge crises at the moment. We have the immediate crisis caused by Covid-19 and the continuing ecological crisis caused by greenhouse gases, and we know that young people have increasingly...

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Green religions? Perspectives from world faiths and viewpoints for your students

This issue of REtoday focuses on themes around green issues, environmentalism and climate justice. Our religions and worldviews are rich in exploring these issues and the relation of humanity to the natural world. We...

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REVIEW: Not About Being Good: A Practical Guide to Buddhist Ethics

Subhadramati, Windhorse 2013, 156pp, pbk, £10.99, ISBN 978-1-909314-01-6 www.windhorsepublications.com Subhadramati’s book is a practical and reflective, rather than academic, guide to ethics that will enable teachers...
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What’s the problem?

We asked people from different religions and from atheism to explain how they see the human condition. Are we flawed, fallen and in bits, or angelic, perfectible and glorious? Maybe both? On the next six pages you will...
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A landscape of distinct practices: teaching a deeper Buddhism

How does a teacher engage with a religious tradition so that it can be presented in an engaging manner yet with accuracy and authenticity? Here, Rae Hancock talks through some of the issues that she has had to work...

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BBC extends Bitesize RE for 11–14s

We asked Sorcha Clifford of BBC Bitesize about the project. What does the KS3 Bitesize project offer the RE student? New Bitesize Key Stage 3 content aims to give students a great overview of key facts and community...
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Cultural capital that makes a world of difference: re-building self-esteem

Vicky McDowell shares her experience from a special school. Anxiety, in all its forms, is worn as a protective layer around all of my Key Stage 3 and 4 students; indeed, an EBD (Emotional and behavioural difficulties)...
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Beyond words in Buddhism

Great teachers use vivid imagery and memorable stories to make their point. Buddhist texts draw lessons from the world around us in a remarkable selection of similes and metaphors. Here, Stephen Pett shows how exploring...
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Words matter: gender, religion and RE

I think it’s fair to say that we RE teachers have some big ideas about our subject. We see ourselves as much more than purveyors of content and developers of skills; we see our subject as more than information to be...
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RE day – Buddhism

Sue Halliwell is the RE Subject Leader at St Michael’s CE Primary School, Bishop’s Stortford and teaches RE in Years 5 and 6. She has recently established a NATRE Local Group, which includes both church and...
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Wisdom Ancient and Modern: seven different perspectives

We asked members of different religions and beliefs to answer some questions about their own sense of what is wise, whether ancient or modern. A Christian View Rev Tracy Swindells, who is also an RE teacher, begins the...
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Concepts from Sikhs and Buddhists: making creative sense of wisdom

Suzanne Parker teaches at Putteridge in Luton. She wanted her pupils to be more creative and more thoughtful in RE, so after teaching a sequence of lessons on the big ideas in Buddhism and Sikhism, she set them a task...
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Better RE through A big event!

Before our RE week began…Last year, I was observed when teaching a lesson about Easter, where children were arguing for and against the Christian notion of Jesus as the Son of God. It went well, but made me think about...
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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...
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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...
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What does your faith say about the Devil?

We invited members of different faiths and beliefs to consider the nature of evil from their own point of view. Here are responses from a Buddhist, a Christian, a Pagan and a Sikh, all of whom are teachers. We used the...