TT29: A Secondary RE Curriculum for Pupils with SLD and PMLD

Summary: presents a series of modules in a curriculum with practical outcomes of teaching RE to pupils with special needs at Key Stages 3 and 4. Each module includes learning objectives, activities, expectations and resources with examples of a term’s module planning for both Key Stages. Covers topics such as ‘belonging to A Hindu community’ at Key Stage 3 and ‘making moral choices’ on issues of life and death at Key Stage 4. The modules follow QCA guidelines and the attainment targets of ‘learning about religion’ and ‘learning from religion’.

TT28: Christianity

TT28: Christianity Robert Hair – Spring 2000 Summary: designed to support teaching of Christianity within the Scottish Primary Sector in accordance with Scottish Curriculum Guidelines relating to the 5 – 14 Religious and Moral Education Document produced by the S. 0. E. D. The report is in the format of lesson notes which cater for Primary 1 to Primary 7 in the Scottish Educational system. The notes are telegrammatic in style, and in the majority of instances, use stories from the Bible as a teaching point. They are introduced by a brief current scenario and are adapted in format. The […]

TT27: Church Visits from the Classroom

Summary: the Report includes a CD ROM containing virtual tours of three churches and accompanying booklet with operating instructions. This kind of virtual tour is ideal for those unable to visit churches themselves. The author refers to how it may be used for assessment purposes. There is also reference to predominantly RE teaching objectives and skills being developed as well as cross-curricular links and lesson ideas. The rationale behind church visits and the preparations for them are all discussed in detail with a check-list to ensure a worthwhile church visit. There is information on how to use church artefacts with […]

TT26: Making Multi-sensory Story Boxes for use with SLD and PMLD Students

Summary: the author sets out to produce resource material based on selected multicultural stories, which would be suitable for use with students with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD.) The material aims to be accessible to a wide spectrum of students, and its format reflects this by providing 3 different ways of accessing the stories: by a very simple basic text; by an outline text with key words in symbols, (Widgit); by a “scripted text” (participative story), with multi sensory objects to accompany it. The author realised that there was a shortage of suitable materials […]

TT25: Padded Budgies

Summary: considers the role of experiential and enacted teaching and SEN in RE within the context of learning styles debates. The author suggests that we need to create ‘communities of enquiry’ within our classrooms and that enactive and experiential methods open up pupils’ thinking, creating ‘lift off’ points to learning. Explores the process of thinking and learning by looking at recent research into the workings of the brain and the importance of creating he right state for learning. Also considers the emotional association on effective learning and the need for teachers to cater for the preferred learning styles of pupils. […]

TT24: Factors Affecting the Selection of Religious Studies at Standard Grade

Summary: this Report is focused on RE and RS in Scotland and is a research project which sought to identify, understand and manage factors which affect the selection of RS at Standard Grade, trying to answer the question about why so few students take up RS at Standard Grade level. The author does not claim to offer a recipe for attracting high numbers of candidates but gives an understanding of the situation and offers ways of improving the practice of RE and RS. Contains appendices presenting the finding of questionnaires, suggestions for future development of RE and RS in Scotland, […]

TT23: Unravelling the Mishmash in Relation to the Teaching of a Multi-faith Approach to RE

Summary: analyses and responds to charges that multi-faith RE is a ‘mishmash’ and suggests clearer ways of exploring the six world religions. Outlines a practical approach to the teaching of the different faiths’ core beliefs and practices in an accurate, meaningful and effective manner. Refers to speeches made in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and explores the views of John Hull. Concludes that the multi-faith approach to Religious Education must be seen to sustain the integrity of each of the world’s major faiths and their adherents while teachers of RE should analyse their own thoughts about […]

TT22: Enhancing the Teaching of Religious Education Using the Internet

Summary: the author explains about developing resources for RE teachers, using the Internet as a teaching resource. The author has a great interest in the Internet as a means of researching information and using HTML (Hypertext mark-up language) as a way of presenting information using the very powerful feature of hyperlinks to link pages and web sites together. He explores the possibility of developing a bank of resources for teachers to download and modify for their own use with their classes. Each Web site is a self-contained unit both on the Internet and on the accompanying CD. Each web site […]

TT21: Preparing for a Gospel Paper at A Level

Summary: attempts to construct practical exercises and materials to help 6th form students embarking on a gospel paper at A-level who have not taken a GCSE in the subject. Aware that there is a shortage of materials aimed at this market as the numbers of pupils concerned is not so great, the author provides materials that are not as simple or patronising as GCSE texts nor as difficult as adult texts aimed at university students or bible study groups. Focuses on some areas to provide skills and enough depth in the material to challenge the more able. The exercises covered […]

TT20: Multi-faith RE in Rural Primary Schools

Summary: aims to investigate the specific problems involved in teaching multi-faith RE to primary age children in rural areas. The author carried out research through lesson observation and by talking to teachers and pupils in order to identify effective teaching and learning strategies which would help pupils to develop positive attitudes towards other people and to respect their right to hold a religious belief. Looks at the use of artefacts, video and how language is used in RE. Concludes that RE should help pupils move closer to understanding what religion is and to valuing what religion means to a member […]