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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 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...

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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Leaders in Sikh religion and leaders in school

Rachel Buckby wondered if studying the good leadership of Guru Nanak with her 7–8s might lead to some useful thinking about her school’s need for a new head teacher. The pupils felt this was useful! We were learning...
The big picture
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Looking at four Sikh artefacts

This term’s visual learning idea is simple. The four artefacts in the pictures show four key aspects of Sikhism. These pictures are also available on a PowerPoint from the REtoday website (the password is always...

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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 Sikh perspective

Sumanjit Kaur Johal, Art Sikh

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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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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...
Editorial
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Memorable experiences in RE

So there we were, some 30 or so years ago: the Gent family (me, my wife and two small children), our heads covered, bare-footed, standing on the cold roof of a newly built two-storey Sikh gurdwara in West Bromwich. As a...
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Concepts, identity and tradition in Sikhism

Faith week in a primary school It is like we are all learning together all at the same time, which is challenging for both teachers and the pupils. We know we cannot know everything about the faith but this week that...
Reviews
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Reviews

The two publications reviewed here are of particular value to teachers of RE and those involved in teacher education. Julia Diamond-Conway explores and critiques an exciting approach to developing a pedagogy for teaching...
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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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A Sikh perspective . .

Penny Rouvas is a kundalini yoga teacher, and a Sikh

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The best that has been thought and said

This issue of REtoday is themed around ‘the best that has been thought and said’. The quote is from Rugby School’s Victorian headmaster Matthew Arnold. It is his description of what the curriculum might consist...

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‘Here I stand. I can do nothing else.’

REtoday Editor Lat Blaylock suggests that Martin Luther’s anniversary might prompt reflection in RE classrooms. Teachers are invited to send in pupils’ work on this theme. Pupils are invited to express their...
On reflection
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Lesson spinning in RE

How and why a teacher might make use of contemporary popular culture, or popular items that could be classed as a craze, is always potentially controversial. Here Neil McKain satirises the potential use of them as...

Theory and practice
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Teaching about Sikhism: points to bear in mind

Most of us teach about religious traditions with a degree of trepidation: there is so much to reveal and yet so many pitfalls, real or imagined. So, we have decided to ask experts across the range of religious...