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?
Many people have debated the role of RE in schools today. However, the new curriculum for Wales has not consigned RE to the history books, but placed it in the humanities area of learning, alongside geography and history. RE is here to stay but why has it been included in the new curriculum and what does its place in the humanities area of learning mean for you and your children?
The world is shrinking
Many people say the world is getting smaller. 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. The new curriculum for Wales recognises the need for children 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 beliefs and values. Including RE in the humanities area of learning has highlighted its role as a valuable tool for children to learn more about the world around them.
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 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 have created Love to Celebrate, a set of RE projects to help you teach RE in a stimulating and fulfilling way. The projects contain all the teaching ideas, vocabulary and assessment questions needed for you to deliver RE confidently and introduce your children to the rich, fascinating and diverse world of RE. 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.
Meeting the needs of your local syllabus
Love to Celebrate provides a choice of religions to explore. Just choose the religions that meet the needs of your locally agreed or faith school syllabus and the needs of your children.
If you want to see how Love to Celebrate could transform RE in your school, then don't hesitate to give us a call or book a place on our one of our conferences – see below for details. You will be able to talk to the team, see the projects and resources, ask questions and take part in a practical, hands-on workshops.