with 32 new year 6 children and a range of topics from journeys through
to believing and belonging, any new teacher would be thrilled to find a
readymade site for resources and materials.
was one such teacher in Autumn 2009, with both the challenge and
opportunity to teach RE in a ‘different’ way, having the chance for
the first time to be unapologetically Christian in the bias of the
teaching! Working in a Church of England School, with a Christian head
teacher allows me the real privilege of bringing Christianity to life
for these fabulously enquiring and uncompromising minds.
first unit was believing and belonging, giving the chance to introduce
the children to the idea of infant and adult baptism and thanksgiving.
The children had no difficulty in accepting the differences in these
ceremonies, and even commented on how they thought it was good that
‘one religion’ had lots of different choices!
were intrigued by the adult baptism, and what was very good was the
interview with the young man- this kind of ‘real person’ really
brought the meaning of the ceremony to life for the children. As a
church school, we were able to follow this up with an interview in class
with another young Christian from a Youth Group , which allowed the
children the chance to practise questioning, listening and note-taking
skills, as well as deepen their understanding of why Christians feel the
need to baptise at all.
site has a good factual
section on the Bible, which formed our next unit ‘Sacred Texts’,
including a section called ‘The Bible – a Guide for Life’. For
some children in the class, this was one of the few times they had ever
been given an idea of how the Bible could help them in life, and being
able to provide this guide to them , talk to them about the reality of
the text , and how it is relevant now, was a real opportunity.
Request site is generally easy to use, but as with most, does has
little glitches, including not knowing what is on a page before you get
to it, being very text heavy, and some of the videos of dramas are a
little tired looking and could be improved . I would love to see more
cartoon style drama clips, interviews with children on the site and some
more interactive tools to use on screen in the lesson.
will definitely keep using the site for the rest of this year. It has
helped with lesson preparation, and given me ‘food for thought’
about how the subject can be best taught.
you Request - it is lovely to have free materials, especially those with
a genuine Christian theme!