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 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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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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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...
Reviews
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Review – Eve Harris, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

(Sandstone 2013), 371pp, paperback, £8.99, ISBN 978-1-908737-43-4. Reading this first novel by Eve Harris took me back to the time when, as a youngish teacher, I began to be interested in the world of Hassidic Jewry and...
Events and resources
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‘Do Not Photograph’: a rare insight into Jewish community life

Do Not Photograph, an amazing book of photographs, is edited from the time Joshua Haruni spent photographing from within the Hassidic dynasties and Kabbalistic courts of Jerusalem and its environs. These communities are...
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...
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,...

The big picture
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THE BIG PICTURE Isaiah: Light of Redemption

Jewish microcalligraphy by Ellen Miller Braun Microcalligraphy, or micrography, is a Jewish form of art which developed around the ninth-century CE. The second of the Ten Commandments (do not worship idols in place 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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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....
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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The important thing is … Using Poetry to get to the heart of things in RE

Recently, I was introduced to a wonderful children’s poetry book (via the ‘if you liked this book, you might like this’ online shop approach that I fall for more often than I should!). I was initially drawn to its...
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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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A Jewish perspective

Debbie Young-Somers is a community educator, Reform rabbi and teacher to both student rabbis and clergy. She is active in the interfaith world and writes and broadcasts widely

For the classroom 11-16
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Now for some original RE: Genesis refreshed

You think you know Genesis? Mary Phil Korsak’s brilliant, fresh translation of Genesis is published as At the Start: Genesis Made New (Doubleday 1993). Why do you think Genesis is atext worth reading 30 centuries on...
For the classroom 5-11
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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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RE at the synagogue and the mosque

Victoria McDowell explains why a small, rural primary school chose to visit a mosque and a synagogue, a journey which took over two hours To put it simply, first-hand experience is everything for our pupils. If we could...
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The beginning and the end – Five different views

We asked people from a number of different worldviews to comment on the big issues of the theme of this term’s REtoday, and some treasure emerged. Use these short articles with your 14–19s by all means, but any...