Teaching Religious Education Creatively offers a brand new approach for the primary classroom and is crammed full of innovative ideas for bringing the teaching of RE to life. It helps teachers understand what constitutes a healthy curriculum that will encourage children to appreciate and understand different belief systems. Perhaps most importantly, it also challenges teachers to understand RE as a transformatory subject that offers children the tools to be discerning, to work out their own beliefs and answer puzzling questions.
Underpinned by the latest research and theory and with contemporary, cutting-edge practice at the forefront, expert authors emphasise creative thinking strategies and teaching creatively. Key topics explored include:
- What is creative teaching and learning?
- Why is it important to teach creatively and teach for creativity?
- What is Religious Education?
- Why is it important for children to learn ‘about’ and ‘from’ religion?
- How can you teach non-biased RE creatively as a discrete subject and integrate it with other curriculum areas?
Teaching Religious Education Creatively is for all teachers who want to learn more about innovative teaching and learning in RE in order to improve understanding and enjoyment and transform their own as well as their pupil’s lives.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lat Blaylock Section 1: Teaching RE Creatively: Aims and Principles 1. What, Why and How Sally Elton-Chalcraft 2.Creative Learning About and From Religion Geoff Teece Section 2: Creative Approaches in RE 3.Creative Thinking and Dialogue Georgia Prescott 4.Creative Skills and Srategies in RE and the Humanities Penny Hollander 5.Engaging Children Creatively Fiona Moss 6. Experiential Learning John Hammond and Sally Elton-Chalcraft 7.Interfaith Dialogue: The Creator in the Classroom Julia Ipgrave 8.Spiritual Development through Creative RE Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Penny Hollander and Gergia Prescott 9. Music and Art in RE Carrie Mercier and Siobhan Dowling Long Section 3: Covering Controversial Issues Creatively 10. Creatively Widening the Scope of RE Sally Elton-Chalcraft 11. Islamophobia, Religious Education and Creativity Lynn Revell 12. A Creative approach tp RE and Community Cohesion John Hammond
Sally Elton-Chalcraft is Reader in Education at the University of Cumbria, UK.