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Children should read the Bible!

What did broadcaster and atheist Melvyn Bragg mean last year when he announced that it’s a disgrace that children don’t read the Bible anymore? He was, of course, talking about reading the 1611 King James Version! I...
For the classroom 11-16
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Using Bible tests in RE: Readers and Meanings1

To understand how Christians make sense of the Bible, we need to think about how and why they are reading it. Stephen Pett, RE adviser at REtoday, offers an extended metaphor to open up this idea. In the classroom Pupils...
For the classroom 5-11
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The Bible and wisdom: enquiry learning

Corrine Guntrip, who teaches at Wolborough School in Devon, wanted her primary pupils to explore some religious ideas about creation and Bible text in increasingly mature ways. Here’s how she made it happen. I thought...
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Jesus tempted From the Lion Comic Book Hero Bible

JESUSʻ TEMPTATION: A KEY NARRATIVE FOR RE The New Testament gospels tell a strange story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert, just after he was baptised. The new Lion Comic Book Hero Bible retells this story...
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Human imagination or divine inspiration?

‘And as I slept I dreamed a Dream …’ Do you recognise these words? If not, you should do! They are taken from the opening passage of one of the world’s most famous books of all time – The Pilgrim’s Progress...
Theory and practice
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Making a difference? Developing ‘Understanding Christianity

In May 2016, a substantial resource for teaching about Christianity was launched. Understanding Christianity: Text Impact Connections is currently being introduced to schools all over the UK. This fascinating article...
For the classroom 5-11
Images reflected a range of different responses from 10 year olds at Ilsham CofE Academy in Devon Pupils created images to express their understanding of the idea that God might be a guardian to humanity This article is for paying subscribers

God the guardian? Singing Psalm 46

Corrine Guntrip is part of the Learning Academy Partnership and the All Saints Teaching School Alliance. Here Corrine discusses how she used music to explore theological ideas with Ilsham C of E Academy Year 4 pupils. I...
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Actor David Suchet: ‘Reading the Bible is my biggest role’

Actor David Suchet has said that recording the first full-length audio version of the Bible (spoken by a single British actor) was the ‘biggest role in my life’ in terms of research. ‘I love researching characters,...
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Resources

Edited by Jane Brooke Age range: adult Pause for Thought Author: Various contributors Foreword by Chris Evans and Vanessa Feltz Editor: Rebecca Shepherd Watkins Publishing, 2016, 176pp, PB, £12.99 ISBN:...
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Superbook Schools

Gizmo, the popular robot, is the star attraction in a new resource for primary school RE, available free at www.superbookschools.org. Milly Smart from Superbook Schools says: ‘Superbook is similar to the magic key...

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‘The Bible says …’ Reflections on classroom hermeneutics

In a period of financial constraint and, seemingly, diminishing interest from politicians in funding RE, our profession is increasingly grateful to the Farmington Institute for funding Farmington Fellowships. This allows...
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RE and National Poetry Day

At St Matthew’s we are keen to show the contribution rich RE can make to other areas of the curriculum. National Poetry Day gave us the perfect opportunity for cross-curricular links. Here is just one example of how...

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Retelling the Bible in comic-book style

Sergio Cariello has drawn for Marvel and for DC Comics. Now he has created The Action Storybook Bible: key stories from Christian scripture in comic-book style for children aged 4–8. It is drawn for those inside the...

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Hermeneutics for RE teachers

I suggest hermeneutics is both difficult and relatively easy to teach in schools, but what is hermeneutics? Hermeneutics explores how we read, understand and handle texts, especially those that were written in another...
Opinion 14-19
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Joseph and the amazing multidimensional story – Genesis 37

The story of Joseph and his coat is often told in primary school RE. Sometimes the Rice and Lloyd Webber version, which edits God out of it completely, is the only one used. But this story should be used by teachers of...