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Many teachers would agree that some subjects are easier to embed in the classroom than others. Walking into a classroom, you are likely to see evidence of literacy and Maths learning, Science and foundation subjects. But some, such as Religious Education, can be tricker to embed in the same way.
We have put together some top tips and ideas on how you can effectively embed RE in your classroom with some simple changes.
Firstly, create an RE display. This could be using a display board, or even on a table tucked in a corner. Engage children in designing a display board linked to the RE theme you are teaching at the time. This could even be given to a different group of children (LKS2/UKS2) every half term to keep the display board updated. You might also like to include a small table displaying books and religious artefacts related to the theme/religion. A big question box is also a great addition to an RE display. Wrap a simple shoe box in wrapping paper and cut a post hole, supply slips of paper that children can write big questions on to do with what they are learning about and how it links to their own experiences. These questions can be discussed at the end of the day or saved for a dedicated lesson.
Religious prayer is a time for reflection. Another way to embed RE in your classroom is to introduce a time each day where children are able to reflect, whether it be on their learning, how they are feeling or something that happened that day.
This could become part of your daily routine. You might even like to link this to a daily question based on a religious story. These could be provided or thought of by the children.
Rather than RE being a stand-alone subject, try to create links across other subjects to embed the learning further. Some examples you might like to try:
There are often two strands of objectives in RE - learning about religion and learning from religion. Being able to compare children’s learning to their own experiences is an important skill when learning about other religions.
What does it mean to learn ‘from’ religion?
By the end of KS1 children should be able to talk about and suggest meanings behind different beliefs and practices, including some religious and moral stories as well as being able to express their own ideas and opinions. As children come to the end of KS2 they are expected to build on this learning by being able to reflect and respond to the significance of the meanings of these beliefs and practices in addition to expressing their view on why having a faith may be valuable (within this, understanding that those with no faith also have a belief system).
So how can we encourage this in our classrooms? Here are a few ideas:
It is important to consider the diversity in your classroom and celebrate a wide range of religious celebrations with the children. Some of these could include:
Of course, recognising children in your classroom who believe in different religions can help you plan to celebrate these religious days, but you might also like to acknowledge lesser-known religious festivals such as Raksha Bandhan and Bodhi Day.
These are excellent. I have found them really useful.
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There were a few good slides and activities in this pack but overall I would not recommend. I bought this after finding the Mexico pack was great ( factual case studies, good map activities, attractive slides). However, the coast pack is not as good. It lacks depth, case study (Scarborough) is too old, limited map work/skills.
Hi Katie, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we always appreciate feedback from our customers. We are constantly updating and improving our resources, and so I will pass on your comments about this scheme to the resource creators.
Some great resources to help children understand how medicine has evolved over time. We love the emphasis on primary & secondary sources too.
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Sharon!
Fabulous and just what I was looking for as a structure to support staff in planning their own units.
The presentation and resources ere excellent quality and this was FREE.
Can’t wait to explore some of the other units on offer and use the 20% off provided. Thank you!
You're welcome, Kerry! We are so pleased to hear that you liked our resources and found them useful :-)
Will be good to use at start of Rivers theme ( SEND school KS3). To identify names of rivers pupils are familiar with and review at the end.
Thanks, Kim - we're glad that this resource has been useful for you :-)
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