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Enter Spirited Arts this year 

Amy Vose, RE teacher, describes what led to one of her pupils becoming a winner in last year’s Spirited Arts competition. Please plan to enter this year with your pupils – the closing date is 31 July.

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From the Good Samaritan to the climate crisis: a prayer boat display 

Rebecca Ostler teaches RE in Hertfordshire. She wanted her class of 8–10s to think about religion and climate issues in a creative way. Here is what they did.

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‘Who is the Buddha?’ 

A new webinar series for teachers

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World and worldviews: St Barnabas School runs an RE week on whether religions help or hinder the climate crisis 

Lila, aged 11, reports from St Barnabas C of E Primary School, Warmley, South Gloucestershire.

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Planning suggestions using a question/investigation about religious expression and pilgrimages for 9–12s

Key question: what is the difference between a pilgrim and a tourist?

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Playful RE outdoors? ‘101 Playground Games’ by Therese Hoyle has the ideas if you can make the links to RE

Therese Hoyle is a maestro of playtime, and she trains teachers and helps schools to encourage play that is fun first but also co-operative and contributes to the aims of the school. Her new book, a Speechmark...

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Buddhism and tolerance

Bhante Tejwant serves as a Buddhist representative on Wolverhampton SACRE. He is a contributor to the NATRE anti-racist RE resource project, and here he gives a perspective from the way of the Buddha on tolerance. Use...

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Big quest ons for 16–19 RE for all

Angie Lamburn runs RE at Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury, a mixed special school. While some RE departments leave aside the law on 16–19 RE, Angie has been finding ways to make it hum and buzz.

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The Trinity in lockdown

During lockdown in February 2021, Years 3 and 4 were looking at a module on Christianity. To support our virtual learning and because we could not visit churches to help with our understanding, I asked local Anglican...

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Teaching with the ‘Golden Rule Tree’

It seems that all religions and belief systems have some kind of version of the ‘Golden Rule’, an ethical statement that uses reciprocity to guide humans as they decide what is good.

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Fair or unfair?

Using the human bar chart with younger pupils to explore what they believe about fairness and justice

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Is it fair? Making sense of the story of Jonah

Gill Tewkesbury teaches in Devon. She explored fairness and unfairness in the Biblical story of Jonah with her 9–10s. This narrative is sometimes told with an emphasis on the prophet being swallowed by a big fish,...

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Personal worldviews: who are we? Who is she? Who am I becoming?

Exploring identity questions with 11–14s is an important part of enabling pupils to develop their own understanding of their position in relation to the world, including the worlds of religion and belief. These two...

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Edward Colston or John Wesley: who deserved a statue?

Extensive new resources for anti-racist RE are available free from the NATRE website, www.natre.org.uk/ about-natre/projects/anti-racist-re/, supported by the Free Churches Group and Methodist Schools. Here is an...

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Your stories and your identities: film in RE

When we really break it down, identity is about one thing: stories. Each person is the central protagonist in a narrative that is constantly unfolding. A person’s identity is wrapped up in their own story, but...

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A Holy Land tour for RE teachers

It’s not every summer that you get the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. Last summer I joined a group, led by Kevin Baldwin, to visit some of the most amazing sites on Earth, and have returned equipped with...

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Five tweets from the future

We asked pupils to think about how the climate crisis poses some dangers for the world, and to imagine they could send a tweet back to the people of today from far into the future, maybe giving us a warning or a...

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If the Earth were only a metre in diameter …

Read this poem (is it a poem?) aloud with your class, and then look at Amelia’s responses to it. She is 12.

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Tackling Islamophobia

One thing that really troubled me in our ‘all white’ rural secondary school was that every time I mentioned Muslims, someone would always cough ‘terrorist’. I needed to challenge this attitude immediately. The...
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What is a Prayer Trail? Could you create one in your school?

Rachel Spadaccini, RE subject leader at Gilmorton Chandler Church of England Primary School in Leicestershire, wanted more opportunities for pupils to explore the spiritual. Basing the work on interpreting one verse from...