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What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain? Talking about identity in the classroom

In an article for Professional REflection in REtoday, Jenny Berglund and Bill Gent suggested using ‘three Bs’ to think of the interconnected, overlapping dimensions of religious identity: believing, belonging...

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The Night of Power: a key moment in Islam

Islamic identity and values are here interpreted by 9-year-olds from Riverside School, Bermondsey, with non-figurative art and help from the British Library’s amazing online collection of Muslim sacred texts in the...

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...

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5 ways to teach climate change

David G. Kibble, a retired RE teacher, suggests learning activities for your 11–16s. There is an extended version of this article on the RE Today members’ website.

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‘A dangerous race for eternal economic growth’

Cat Stevens grew from being a teen idol of the 1960s into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of his time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest has added intrigue and...

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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: 365 Days with the Prophet Muhammad

Nurdan Damla, illus. Osman Turhan, Goodword Books 2014, 360pp, hbk, $14 (£8.37), ISBN 978-81-7898-833-7. www.goodwordbooks.com

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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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Tackling Islamophobia

One thing that really troubled me in our ‘all white’ rural secondary school was that every time I mentioned Muslims, someone would always cough ‘terrorist’. I needed to challenge this attitude immediately. The...
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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Vision: what does it mean to you?

This issue of REtoday focuses on the idea of vision, and so we asked six thinkers from different religions and worldviews to tell us something about their vision of life as it is influenced by their beliefs or faith. A...
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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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Using sociological data in RE lessons

Jonny Lawson teaches RE in West Sussex. Some recent visions for RE have increasingly emphasised the subject’s need for multidisciplinary visions and ways of including work that uses sociology of religion with pupils....
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Ten fine ways to use visual images of Islam in the RE classroom

Stephen Pett, RE Today National Adviser, provides ten great ways to use vision and image in RE, with examples from Islam. Apply them to any faith community. These strategies can apply to any images within the RE...
Events and resources 14-16
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Beliefs and the World they have Created

This book seeks to describe briefly many of the world’s major beliefs. The main ideologies and religions, interestingly covered, are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, polytheism, nationalism, Asian beliefs, communism,...

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Implementation: Islam primary case study

This case study for teaching Islam is an example of planning to meet an overall aim, reflecting on the new inspection requirements for England.

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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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Faith questions

Communication, understanding and expression: how do traditions go beyond words?We asked people from different faith traditions to talk about their experience of words, ideas and meaning. The pages that follow are their...
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Engaging with Quranic narratives

Adeel Khan uses an interpretive method to look at the Qur’an in the RE classroom, occupying both an ‘insider’ and scholarly stance. As his students make sense of the text and explore layers of meaning, Adeel learns...