RE at Edge Hill

Month: March 2012

Islam in Preston

As part of their third year undergraduate module on Islam, students visited Preston to hear first hand what life was like for a Muslim in the UK in the 21st century.  In the morning the trainees visited Fulwood Academy where they were able to interview a number of young Muslim students.  They found the youngsters to have widely varying ideas of what it meant to be a Muslim, from the very observant to those who seemed ready to challenge.

After a quick lunch we visited the Medina Mosque in the afternoon.  As well as a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to observe the zuhr congregational prayers students were given a very thorough presentation of Islam as a deen by Waqaus Ali of Thinkbrite Services.  Waqaus talked of how faith could be thought of as having three levels: Islam, Iman and  Ishan.  He also spoke about historical and contemporary issues surrounding Islam.

“it has brought the religion of Islam out of the textbook and into real life and society that we can now transfer into the classroom”

Here are a selection of photographs taken during the fieldtrip:

Islam in Preston, a set on Flickr.

A Day in the Theatre of Learning

Postgraduate and Final Year Undergraduate trainee teachers came together to spend a day in the Theatre of Learning with Sue Phillips.

As well as being introduced to the experiential pedagogy in theoretical terms, we were able to visit both ‘The Island’ and ‘The Cave’.  Sue showed how these approaches can yield huge benefits in terms of pupil development and motivation.  Ways of improving religious literacy at Key Stage 3 and Exam results at Key Stage 4 were explored.

We hope to welcome Sue back to Edge Hill later in the year as part of an event for RE teachers in Partner schools …. Watch this (web)space!

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