How do you teach RE in primary schools?

The increased emphasis of SMSC and FBV in schools and Ofsted inspections has highlighted the need for quality religious education to be at the heart of a school’s curriculum. But where do you stand on the subject of RE? Do you find it a fascinating subject to teach, full of wonder and insights into the beliefs and cultures of the people we all share a planet with? Or do you find it a tricky subject to cover, wracked with the feeling that you don’t know enough about the religions you want to teach, hoping that you say the right thing? Or is it a subject too far, impossible to squeeze into a school day that is full to bursting already?

Why is religious education so important?

The world is shrinking. People travel further, meet people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds and are more connected to each other, due especially to the huge technological leaps made over recent years. Children need to embrace the changing world around them, understand and respect the beliefs and backgrounds of the people they will meet throughout their lives and develop their own set of beliefs and values. RE is a statutory subject and schools should be providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum that includes meaningful and thought-provoking RE. 

So what does good RE look like?

Good RE should be engaging, ignite the imagination and give children plenty to think about. Studying sacred stories, exploring artefacts, symbols and art, spotting similarities and differences, meeting members of the local community, visiting places of worship and debating ‘big’ questions will all help your children become well-informed and thoughtful citizens of tomorrow. However, to achieve these outcomes for children, all teachers delivering RE must have confidence in their own subject knowledge, be able to provide suitable teaching materials and resources and be willing to let children explore and ask questions of their own.

How can Cornerstones help?

Cornerstones has created Love to Celebrate to help you teach RE in a stimulating and fulfilling way. The Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) contain all the skills, teaching ideas, vocabulary, SMSC links and assessment questions needed for you to deliver RE confidently. Our creative team have designed and illustrated over 70 resources and produced a wide variety of supporting documents to help you choose the projects you want to teach which will also help you to fulfil the requirements of your locally agreed syllabus.

Find out more

For more information about Love to Celebrate or to download a free sample project and resource, visit the product page on our website.