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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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Sister Sledge and Pope Francis turn out for the family

Use this fun idea with your pupils: take several key religious leaders, and some big topics. Which global music act and which song should introduce a bishop, a rabbi, an imam or a guru talking about family, environment,...
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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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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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Stormzy: grime and grace

South London grime artist Stormzy has a debut album called Gang Signs & Prayer. It was the first grime album in history to reach number 1. This is an edited version of Miranda Sawyer’s Guardian article about her...

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Singers and spirituality: Katy Perry, Bono, David Bowie, Richard Thompson …

One of the most prized albums in my vinyl collection is the History of Fairport Convention published in 1972, and the most memorable song is the first track: ‘Meet on the Ledge’, written in 1969 by Richard...

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‘Following Acts 7–10 is impossible for a Muslim living in a non-Muslim country’

The title of this article is taken from a 12-mark question at GCSE, and it raises an interesting question. We will think about answering this question to GCSE standard using the music of Canadian Muslim hip hop duo...

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Singing the faith

Here, Julie Grove reflects on the meanings of hymns. She is a member of the REtoday editorial team.

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We asked people from different religions and beliefs to tell us what it means to them to ‘sing their own song’

Here are replies from a Buddhist, a Humanist, a Christian, a Jewish person and a Muslim. Read these with your older pupils, and ask them to think of their own answers to the interview questions we used. The questions...

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James, aged 7, expressed his own ideas about worship in his song. The Wonderful God When God comes down to earth I'll kneel in humbleness. I will obey his commands and kiss his feet in awe. I will eat a crumb of pizza and give the rest to him. I will say hello to Jesus and treat him like a God for he destroyed my sin. This article is for paying subscribers

Musical theology in the infants

At the Cobbs Infant and Nursery School in Warrington, Higher Level Teaching Assistant Janet Lever taught her 6–7s about Christian understandings of God using music. The personal and thoughtful responses suggest that...

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Musical hooks and sensory learning

Sophie Smith teaches at George Eliot School in Warwickshire. She wanted to use more creative hooks for her RE lessons. Here are some examples of what worked.

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Teaching Christian diversity through music in RE

Gill Tewkesbury wanted to teach her primary pupils about diversity within the Christian community. Instead of thinking about Catholics and Protestants, she used music.

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Teach through song: songs for the secondary classroom

In this article Chris Hancock offers two sets of songs to use for secondary RE. On this page are songs through which you might teach some basic concepts in subject knowledge, and on the next page there are some songs...

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An RE mixtape on matters of life and death

Richard Robinson, who teaches RE at the John Wallis Academy in Ashford, Kent, presents 13 tracks you might like to use when you are getting pupils to think about matters of life and death.

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The search for God

Martyn Joseph, singer songwriter, released ‘I Searched for You’ in 2015. We asked Martyn some questions about the song, and provide below some learning ideas about the search for God.

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‘Jesus has big shoulders’ asking the ‘Big Questions’ with songs

Stephen Fischbacher is a musician from Edinburgh with a large following wherever RE, music and Christianity intersect. We asked him what tunes up his guitar.

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Singing in Jewish life and celebrations

Stephen Melzack is a Jewish musician who works with pupils in all kinds of schools. We asked him how music can help RE, starting with one of his most popular songs: ‘Two Candles Burn’, about Shabbat.

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Jewish Interfaith RE

As the RE subject leader (and Year 2 teacher) at Akiva, a progressive Jewish primary school in Finchley, London, I am committed to finding interesting ways to enhance the curriculum and raise the profile of RE across...

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Eight ways to make primary RE more musical

We asked teachers at the NATRE St Albans local group how to make best use of music in RE. Several responded, and here are their ideas. Thanks to Juliet Lyal (Cunningham Hill Infant School), Sarah Kropman (Cunningham...

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The passion of the choral tradition of music in Christianity

Doug Rice Bowen is an RE teacher in West Yorkshire, and a member of the NATRE Executive. Before becoming an RE teacher he was a classical singer, and encourages you here to access the traditions of Christian choral...