South west Summer RE Conference

  • 02/07/2021
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

South West Summer RE Conference

 

9.30 – Welcome
9.40 – 10.30 – Keynote: Stephen Pett – Multi Disciplinary RE Handling big questions in RE: models, methods and metacognition

We will explore many different types of questions in RE, and how they can be answered in different ways. This session will explore how different disciplines can be used to deepen pupil understanding, offering practical suggestions about different ways to approach and answer some big questions.

10.30 – 11.00 – Break
11.00 – 12.15 – Workshop Session one

Primary

Katie Freeman

Implementing a creative RE curriculum in the EYFS

In this lesson we will look at how to implement a creative RE curriculum in Foundation that encourages children to develop their subject knowledge and Oracy skills.  There will be a range of ‘take away’ activities for teachers to use in their own classrooms.  The session will also focus on assessment in Foundation.

Primary

Fiona Moss

Teaching about and with big questions in RE

This session will look at how to encourage questions in the RE classroom and also share ideas of how to teach about the big questions that religion and world views address.

 

Primary

Stephen Pett

Getting pupils to think hard and remember lots

Practical strategies for embedding learning in thoughtful and engaging ways.

 

Secondary

Deborah Weston

Embedding diversity in the teaching of Islam

In this workshop Deborah will introduce some practical approaches to teaching about diversity within Islam. This will include approaches to sources of authority, examples of rituals and practice, and the role of leaders.

 

 

12.15 – 1.00pm – Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm Workshop Session Two

Primary

Katie Freeman

Teaching religion, science and philosophical questions

In this session we will look at teaching religion and science in upper Key Stage 2.  This session will include a range of creative lesson ideas and will also look at different Christian theological ideas linked to science and creation.  The session will also focus on how we can encourage children to dig deeper into concepts by asking deep philosophical questions.

Primary

Fiona Moss

Teaching using story and sacred text

Most religions and worldviews use story and sacred texts to share values, beliefs history and ideas. How can we represent these stories and texts well with pupils? What techniques will support pupils to understand these texts better?

 

 

Primary

Deborah Weston

Big concepts in Islam through story and artefacts

The Islamic traditions are a rich source of stories that are a powerful means of developing understanding of some big concepts. Likewise, artefacts commonly found in Muslim homes can be used by the teacher to stimulate questions of meaning, purpose, and truth. This workshop will explore the role of each of these as tools to support RE.

 

Secondary

Stephen Pett

Exploring non-religious worldviews

This session will present practical ways to explore the research into the lives and thinking of people with non-religious worldviews, and offer ideas for handling pupils’ worldviews too.

 

 

 

2.30pm – 2.40pm – Break

2.40 – 3.30

Deborah Weston – Beyond the Stereotypes

Deborah Weston trained at Plymouth Marjon University and taught at three Devon schools before embarking on a career teaching and advising in East London. During this keynote, she will explore the importance and challenges of embracing diversity and moving beyond the stereotypes when teaching RE.

15.30 – Close

 

Date: Friday 2nd July 2021

Time: 09.30 – 3.30pm

Venue: Virtual