Religion is about believing, worshipping and valuing – about belonging
to a faith community and living within the wider community. Helping
children explore this wider concept of religion means engaging with
believers and helping pupils to listen and talk to people of faith.
One way of helping pupils 'encounter' people from other faiths and
beliefs is through listening to their 'story'. This helps increase
their awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the
UK, and the contribution they make to their neighbourhoods and also to
Two activity pdfs are available from www.natre.org.uk/cc/#3. Both are extracts from the Primary Exploring a Theme
primary RE curriculum series from RE Today, reproduced with permission,
and illustrate strategies for teaching and learning, which teachers can
adapt in their own contexts.
The resources describe:
These activities enable pupils to:
- how digital story telling
can be an effective mechanism for pupils to explore, present and
reflect on their encounter with people of a variety of faiths and
- interviews with young people from two faiths: Islam and Bahai.
These pages illustrate a strategy for enabling pupils to 'meet and
listen to' children from religions and communities they would not
normally be in contact with. The interview structure shown on the page
can be adapted by teachers for use with their own pupils to encourage
them to identify questions they would like to ask children from the
different religions and beliefs. Using email, pupils could participate
in a dialogue around these 'interview' questions with children from
For a collection of interviews with young people from seven faiths see Exploring Religion Around Me, Ed. Joyce Mackley (2008), ISBN 978-1-904024-96-5 and Exploring Worship, Ed. Joyce Mackley (2009), ISBN 978-1-905893-13-3 both published by RE Today Services.
- investigate the significance of religion in the local, national and global communities (AT1)
- reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community, communicating their own and others' responses (AT2)