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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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Spirited Poetry: when will your school enter?

Generously supported by the Westhill Trust On three previous occasions, the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) has received thousands of exciting entries for a contest that showed the ways RE...
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Exhibition at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been hosting an inspirational exhibition of painting inspired by scripture. The exhibition was called Genesis: a visual exploration and was supported by the Farmington Institute. It comprised a...
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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 is wisdom?

To introduce the concept of wisdom, the teacher asked the opening question: ‘What is wisdom?’ One pupil, Callum, replied: ‘There’s a story about Solomon that will help us.’ What does the word wise mean? Pupils...
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Resources

Edited by Jane Brooke What is Humanism? How Do You Live Without a God? And Other Big Questions for Kids Age range: 7–11s Authors: Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young (Wayland, 2015), 48pp, hb, £13.99,ISBN...
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Plashet School Taking pride in RE

A philosophical forest Plashet School in East Ham is a state comprehensive all-girls’ secondary school. There are approximately 1,350 learners at the school, and all learners study PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics)...
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Multisensory RE for special pupils

Jinny Morgan Lewtas wanted to improve her RE work for her special pupils, so she got all multisensory with the festivities of Easter. There are lessons here for other teachers, both primary and secondary, to learn. Read...
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THE BIG PICTURE: THE PRODIGAL SON

Can artwork promote enquiry-based RE learning? Claire Parkin wanted to encourage her pupils to think more widely and generate their own questions during RE lessons. She found that artwork can aid deeper thinking. This...
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Spirited Arts 2016 and 2017

There were five categories in the Art in Heaven competition this year, all attracting very large numbers of entries. We estimate that about 25,000 children and young people took part, and we would like thank them all,...
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Art for RE

Illustrator Si Smith, from Leeds, has been the creative brain behind the covers of the Essential RE series of books we have published termly over the last four years. Teachers and students have loved these covers for...
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Where is God?

The winners of the Art in Heaven 2017 competition came from Newman School, a special school in Rotherham. Here Rebecca Turnbull explains what was involved.

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Using the Methodist Modern Art Collection with schools:

The exhibition has been organised by the Believe in Hull church partnership as part of its contribution toward Hull City of Culture celebrations 2017, with funding support from the Methodist Church.

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THE BIG PICTURE ‘Man gave names to all the animals’

Stephen Guyon Bird is an artist and former teacher. His exhibition ‘Genesis: a visual exploration’ was created in partnership with the Farmington Institute, and opened in Durham Cathedral in 2016. More than 30...