For the classroom 7-14
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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...
For the classroom 4-11
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An icon of saintly courage

George and the dragon Julie Grove, REtoday editorial team member, shares ideas to enable the exploration of evil through a story for younger primary pupils. St George is the epitome of all that is good and brave in his...
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The ‘story tent’: scriptural reasoning in RE

Using sacred texts to develop intercultural competencies

Theory and practice SEN 5-16
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Profound RE

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach RE to some of the most complex learners within our school system? After ten years of working in secondary schools, teaching GCSE and A level RS, Tracy Edwards...

Events and resources
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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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Inside a faith

1. Please mention a story from your religion/belief that meant a lot to you as a child, and say why.
2. What story or stories do you think children should know about from the origins of your...

Instant RE
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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...

For the classroom 11-14
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The stories we tell ourselves:

three examples to address preconceptions and assumptions With increasing Islamophobia in the British and worldwide press, teachers might be inclined to readjust the balance and tell the story of ‘good Muslims’ or...
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Creation stories of the world:

We teach many creation stories, especially to younger children in the primary phase. However, older children can benefit from returning to well-loved creation stories and taking a sociological or psychological view,...

For the classroom 5-11
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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...

For the classroom 4-11
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Using faith stories: ten great ideas

1. Shared stories, different meaning? When telling stories from a shared tradition, make sure you get it right. For example, Adam and Hawa (Eve) feature in the Qur’an, but Hawa does not tempt Adam to eat the fruit;...
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How to tell a faith story well

Every day we are ‘storied’. We all live by stories – indeed, our lives are stories – but for them to mean something we have to be inside them; otherwise they are merely words. When we achieve that synergy, we...

Opinion
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Friendship knows no barriers

Michael Morpurgo was knighted in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for his services to children’s literature. His work is loved by millions of pupils for its imaginative power and depth. REtoday asked him to launch...

Editorial
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Telling stories

In this edition we are thinking about ‘stories’: the stories we tell children, the stories we tell ourselves and the stories that challenge and inspire us.