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.

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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.
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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...
Instant RE
Table full of intreting ite,s, about Hinduism This article is for paying subscribers

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...
For the classroom 9-16
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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...
Opinion
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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

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‘Religion: All in the mind?’

Our theme this term is ‘Religion: All in the mind?’ We asked five members of different communities to respond to some questions about this, and their thinking follows. We used these seven questions. a. What does your...
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Hinduism and animals

Many of us may have heard of Hindu deities such as Hanuman and Ganesh and perhaps wondered why some Hindus would revere animals to such a high regard. A key starting place is the philosophy of Hinduism. The Hindu...

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Three stories of animals and religion – and what to do with them

Story is a key way in which religions communicate attitudes, virtues and ideas. So it is unsurprising that the great religions all tell stories with animals in them. Retell and work with these kinds of story in...

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Hindu traditions, community and spirituality

Amrat Bava is a Hindu from Loughborough. He is active in interfaith work and a member of Leicestershire SACRE. Here, he gives teachers an insider’s overview of his religion. We’ve made suggestions for learning,...
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Enquiry: Why do Hindus have shrines at home?

Stacey Archbold teaches at St Mary’s Primary School in Hertfordshire. She has been changing her lessons round to focus on enquiry by the pupils, making sure their RE is in the mind, not merely on the page!

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Attack and defend: views from different communities

We asked these questions of people from different faith communities. Their replies are fascinating – and could be used with students aged 14–19. Get them to read two or more of the replies, share and summarise...
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‘And that is how the universe was made! Or maybe it wasn’t In fact, God alone knows. Or maybe not.’

The modern picturing of ancient narratives in this Hindu example is powerful because it suggests that the Hindu communities continue to find meaning and points of reflection through the new forms of expression in...