WR69: Key Stage 2 Thematic Schemes of Work

Summary: A Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2 to meet the needs of the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus through units based on themes and concepts. Long, medium and short term lesson plans for teachers which will help with the teaching of Attainment Target 1 – Learning about Religion, and Attainment Target 2 – Learning from Religion. The lessons are non-resource specific so that they can be used in different schools. One of the aims is that the units also go some way to help in developing coverage of the area of experiences and opportunities: visits and visitors, using senses, art, […]

WR67: Chanting: An interfaith resource pack

Summary: The aim of this resource pack is to enable music and R. E. teachers to access easily some examples of chant and vocal pieces used in times of worship across the five largest world faiths. The explanatory material deals only with the sources of texts and performance details. The resource pack is not intended to be a definitive study of religious practice, but could be used alongside more in depth lessons on each religion. I have deliberately concentrated on only a few services as obviously it would not be possible to mention every possible variation.

WR66: Religious Education and Community Cohesion: or how to heal a fractured society

Summary: Since September 2008 Ofsted has had a duty to report on Community Cohesion. As a result of this and because of my job as Head of Religious Education, I wanted to investigate the responsibility that Religious Education would have in this area. Consequently I have written a paper which reflects the important role that Religious Education has. To facilitate the teaching of Community Cohesion through Religious education I have written a scheme of work, with a focus on identity and belonging. This can be taught through the Primary World Religions and the target year group is Year 6.

WR65: Germans, Jews and the Enlightenment: Lessons for today?

Summary: This report looks at the Jewish historical experience with reference to the specific and unique German-Jewish experience of the Enlightenment and its aftermath, and argues that it has particular relevance to today’s world. There has been an unprecedented increase in the numbers of refugees seeking to escape persecution and worse by fleeing to other parts of the world, which has created more widespread challenges among the already domiciled populations. The author argues that lessons may be learned from the German-Jewish experience: about the relationship between what we commonly call church and state, and more particularly, with future relevance for […]

WR64: A Creative, Playful and Empathetic Pedagogy for Teaching Sikhism as a Living Faith

Summary:This report aims to look at the development of a Creative, Playful and Empathetic Pedagogy (CPEP) in the context of Religious and Moral Education (RME) in Scottish Primary Schools. The CPEP approach allowed me to design, develop and plan units of work for the teaching of Sikhism as a Living Faith. It draws on the concept of Rich Tasks, to shape the overall focus of each unit ; the planning framework of Teaching for Understanding, to map out each unit and to develop understanding goals/performances of understanding ; and the transformative dynamic of REAL Learning to design active/collaborative learning experiences. […]

WR63: Buddhist Perspectives on Contemporary Religious and Moral Issues: Practical Resources for GCSE

Summary: The report consists mainly of practical notes on Buddhist attitudes to a range of contemporary religious and moral issues to support students studying Edexcel’s ‘Religion and Life’ and ‘Religion and Society’ GCSE course. Topics covered include Buddhist attitudes to marriage, family life and divorce, abortion, euthanasia, the environment, war, capital punishment, genetic engineering, racial and religious harmony, the roles of men and women and transplant surgery.

WR62: Providing ‘Story Sacks’ to enhance the learning of Religious education with particular emphasis on teaching World Faiths

Summary: The key objectives of this report are to develop the teaching of world faiths other than Christianity by having medium and short term planning with clear progression; to provide resources to give multi-sensory learning experiences for KS1 children; to use resources to make the subject ‘real’ to young children, allowing interaction and handling of artefacts outside their experience; to develop ‘exponential learning’, i.e. immersion in the theme or experience; to develop resources that can be used independently or as part of KS2 curriculum; to allow non specialist teachers to deliver lessons about non-Christian faiths and develop secure knowledge; and […]

WR61: The promotion of Multifaith RE in a Rural Middle School

Summary: This report looks at strategies for teaching Islam in a rural middle school. It outlines various activities, such as a visit to an exhibition, ‘Explore Islam’, a link with a multi-faith school in Burton-upon-Trent, and also with a school in south-eastern Turkey. It also gives details of a Multicultural Week held in the author’s school. In addition the report gives useful contact details for people of all faiths who are willing to do work with schools, as well as visiting artists for multicultural education.