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.

WR59: Learning and Teaching about World Religions

Summary: This report begins by reviewing Religious Education in Northern Ireland in light of the inclusion of the teaching of two world religions other than Christianity in the Revised KS3 Core Syllabus. The Revised Syllabus is due for first teaching from September 2007. The focus of the report then switches to learning and teaching about Hinduism and Islam. Teacher notes are provided to accompany the demands of the KS3 Core syllabus and also some worksheet materials. Images of Hinduism and Islam conclude the report.

WR58: A toolkit to promote religious diversity and social cohesion in the multicultural classroom

Summary: The rationale behind this report was to produce a tool kit that would: help to develop the citizenship agenda through the celebration of religious diversity in Bradford; help pupils to appreciate the place and influence of the different religions practised in the UK; help to tackle racism and xenophobia by enabling pupils to appreciate that the great world religions teach common values and can be used to fight intolerance and injustice; to enable pupils to celebrate the beliefs of their faith community in the classroom. The project is split into two parts: Tutor Group Collective Worship, a portfolio of […]

WR57: ‘Mysticism’: Is it Practical?

Summary: This report is aimed at students doing Advanced Level Religious Studies and their teachers. It is intended to inform their studies leading towards the AQA compulsory paper RS01 for AS students, and RS11 and the Synoptic paper RS12 for A2 students. It looks at the mystical traditions within the three major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with a particular emphasis on whether there is a practical outcome to mystical experiences. It enquires into whether there is any point to it all. Is it all about curious states of consciousness added to a lot of peculiar emotions, useful to poets […]

WR56: Re-designing current 48 units with specific special educational needs of pupils in mind

Summary: Contains four units of work for KS3 pupils, with particular emphasis on material for SEN pupils to ensure their enjoyment of RE. The four units are: (1) Why study RE, Why are there different religions?; (2) The Bible; Creation and the Environment; (4) Islam. Each unit contains lesson plans, worksheets, information sheets and assessment sheets. Relates to the core syllabus for RE in Northern Ireland.

WR55: Teaching Other Faiths in the Catholic School

Summary: This report looks at the teaching of other faiths in a Catholic Primary School following the ‘Here I Am’ programme, which allows 5% of RE allocation per year to study other world faiths. It is recommended that one week per year be spent on Judaism each year and one week on either Sikhism, Hinduism, on a rolling three year programme. The author argues that because so little time is assigned for studying other faiths, it is often an area that is not taught particularly well. The report sets out reasons for teaching other faiths in a Catholic school. It […]

WR54 Developing a Collective Worship Policy in a Multi-Faith School

Summary: This report follows the progress of the development of a Collective Worship policy in a multi-faith school in Harrow. It was the result of a key finding in an OFSTED report that directed the school to mention a Deity in its act of worship in keeping with the law. The report charts the process of analysing the content of school assemblies by a multi-faith staff team then seeking the opinion of the whole staff, parents, children and governors as to how best to fulfil both the spirit and the intention of the law.