It is essential that RE promotes inclusion; hence staff and pupils alike participate in the lessons, including:
Within our school community there is daily evidence that spiritual awareness grows and develops throughout life during both happy and sad times. It must begin with pupils' own experience and illustrates the need to not only learn about religion but also learn from it.
The whole school contributes to our centrally placed RE display board. The artefacts, games and literature which relate to that week's teaching are displayed for all and can be taken by the teachers into their rooms for closer examination during the follow-up lesson. Thus the money allocated for RE goes further as we purchase only one of any given artefact or publication. This allows more to be spent on theatre groups, relevant speakers or visiting places of religious significance, these being the events from which memories are often made.
The effort and responsibility for planning and delivering a weekly lesson and providing relevant, differentiated follow-up activities has proved worthwhile. When helping to develop spiritual awareness that results in an environment where mutual tolerance, appreciation, respect and sensitivity towards others pervade, it has become evident that far more is 'caught' than taught!