Literally from the Greek, pedagogy means ‘the process by which a child is led to learning’.

These are some of the factors that teachers should think about when developing their pedagogy of RE:

  • the culture in which we live and work
  • the life experiences of the children we teach
  • the filters used by teacher and school for understanding cultures and experiences
  • the teacher’s own beliefs and values
  • how success and progress are defined in RE

There are several possible methodologies for teaching RE, each having its starting point in some pedagogical assumptions about the nature of religion and belief in the world, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Some useful pedagogies are recommended below.

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Community of enquiry and Philosophy for Children 

Philosophy for Children works as a ‘community of enquiry’, which may be defined as a reflective approach to classroom discussion.
Godly Play   

Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach which helps children to explore Christian story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play.

Websites for pedagogy

Links to useful websites to support the planning and teaching of the RE syllabus, some with useful downloadable resources.

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