TT431- Developing a Creative Approach to Religious Education in Primary Schools Through Visits and Visitors

Little Leigh Primary School is a one form entry village school with approximately 156 pupils and a creative ethos of topic-based learning through the arts. RE, however, is predominantly taught by HLTAs during teachers’ PPA, and although it has taught a broad and balanced curriculum, I felt the lessons lacked enthusiasm, excitement and a deeper moral meaning.  I wished our children to experience religion in its 3D form, with visits and visitors from a diversity of faiths, to make religion ‘real’ with experiences they could relate to.  Visits to  Chester and Liverpool Cathedrals were transformational and led to a series of curriculum days, where children worked collaboratively and across years, to produce stop motion animation films, poetry and artwork.  The impact has been significant throughout the school, and we are now creating a long-term programme to ensure visits, visitors and creative days stay at the forefront of our RE teaching and learning.