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Inside a faith

We invited people from different religions and worldviews to respond to some questions about this term’s theme of ‘religion and justice’. Why not give the questions we asked to your students and ask them to...

For the classroom 11-16
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How should RE represent issues about caste in the classroom?

Professor Eleanor Nesbitt of the University of Warwick and Lat Blaylock, REtoday Editor, have some research-based suggestions for teaching about caste. The challenge is for teachers to recognise the place of caste in...

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BAPS and social justice: a Hindu community

Secondary RE teacher Steven Humphrys explores how RE teachers can locate Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in Swaminarayan Hinduism. Teachers of RE have come to love the Neasden Temple...

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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...

For the classroom 4-7
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Greener religion for infants?

Fiona Moss, NATRE CEO, suggests six ways to enable green thinking in RE for 4–7s.

For the classroom 5-11
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‘Greening’ celebrations

Julia Diamond-Conway, RE Adviser with RE Today, shares some ideas for the classroom based upon the fact that religions are seeking greener practices around key festivities.

For the classroom 11-16
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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...

The big picture
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Prayer at Varanasi

Julie Grove, of the RE Today Editorial Team, provides learning ideas from the Big Picture.

For the staffroom 4-11
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REVIEW

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.
Storybag:...

Events and resources 11-14
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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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Early Years RE provocations: lots of ideas for early learning RE

Pastures Way is a nursery school in Luton, a town rich in religious diversity. In a town full of diversity, teaching of religious studies is important, but even more essential is teaching of acceptance. In the early...
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The (un)feminine divine

I love teaching Hinduism, most especially the story of Durga and her triumph over the demon Mahisha (symbol of self-delusion). I often ask students to create their own goddess who they think will be best equipped to deal...
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Discovering Sacred Text: an astonishing new resource from the British Library for school RE

Lat Blaylock commends a new resource for RE from one of our great institutions of cultural capital, the British Library. If inspectors want to see a rich knowledge curriculum, and pupils deserve to explore sources of...

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Showcasing RE

Here we introduce a new series of pages directed at heads, governors or senior leadership teams (SLTs). This edition has a primary focus but over time we will represent both primary and secondary phases of education....
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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...
For the classroom 5-11
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‘I will my light my lamp for you’: poetry and festivals of light

For the last year, Horfield Primary has been the UK Literacy Association’s Literacy School of the year! A love of reading and writing is found throughout the school – with many fabulous teaching ideas across all...
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Inspirational RE from a Hindu educator

Sushma Sahajpal, who writes about Hindu wisdom in this issue of REToday, offers a widely acclaimed Hindu visitor service to schools. Why not consider booking her to come and energise your RE? Others have enjoyed it;...
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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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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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A Hindu perspective . .

Tulsi Seva Dasi is a member of Central Bedfordshire SACRE, and a Hindu. She works at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire