Subject Network Launched

The Edge Hill RE Subject Network got off to a flying start as over 20 Mentors, Lecturers and Advisers gathered from around the Partnership.

In the morning session Sue Phillips introduced attendees to the Theatre of Learning, which the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students had enjoyed and valued earlier in the year.

After a bufffet lunch there was an opportunity for colleagues from Rose Bridge, Wigan and Witton Park, Blackburn to share good practice from their Farmington Fellowship Projects.

Over the next Academic year, the network plan to meet three times:

  • 7th November 2012 Twilight 4-6pm Byrchall High School – focus on SMSC and Literacy & RE.
  • 28th February 2013 Twilight 4-6 Venue TBA  – focus on Assessing Progress in RE
  • 4th July 2013 All Day Main Summer Network Meeting

The Network is open to all RE teachers, so book the dates in your diary and further details will follow.

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!

Christian Question Time

Year 1 Undergraduates completed their History of Christian Thought and Culture Module with a Christian Question Time.  Three Christian Curches were represented by Tom Cullinan, (Benedictine Monk, formerly at Ampleforth and presently a priest within the Archdiocese of Liverpool), Melvyn Kelly, (Methodist Minister in the Lancashire West Circuit and a member of the Chaplaincy Service at Edge Hill) and Tony Harrington ( Core Leader of Today’s Community Church, Wigan) together with Isaac Olurankinse.  Jason took the Dimbleby role in chairing the discussion which was wide ranging and informative.

Questions included:

What do you believe happens after death?
Do you agree with gay marriage ceremonies in Church?
Do you think Jesus will return to earth?
Are men and women equal?
Do you think there are advantages or disadvantages to priests being celibate?
How do you explain the Trinity?
Can the rich get into heaven?
How damaging to the Christian Church are controversies such as the Child abuse scandals in the Catholic Priesthood.
Do miracles happen nowadays?
Is Christianity the only way?

The answers caused a lively debate and gave students a fascinating insight into the different theologies of individuals within these three different denominations.

Y11 RE day at Lathom High School

A small group of Year 2 Undergraduate RE students were invited along to Lathom High School in Skelmersdale to assist with their Y11 RE Day.  These outstanding students put their all into interacting and leading learning with groups of 10 Lathom students.

This is outstanding and I can’t thank you enough for this level of enthusiasm and commitment to making partnership work – really outstanding. Dean of Faculty of Education

The students acted as facilitators for the  Year 11 pupils as they worked through a series of Leadership ‘challenges’
The highlight of the day was being able to meet and hear the story of a former Irish terrorist leader who now is a leader in a Pentecostal Church in England. It would have been worth going just for this!!

We are absolutely delighted with all the backing we are receiving.  Thank you. Trevor Hodson AHT – Director of Learning Lathom High School

Y1 Undergraduates visit Christians in Leyland

As part of the module on the History of Christian Thought and Culture, Y1 students visited three Christian places of Worship in Leyland.

We talked with Pastor Tony Crawford of Leyland Baptist Church, before observing midweek Eucharist at St. James CE Church, Led by Rev’d Heather Penman.  After a discussion with Father Iain Mossley we moved on to the Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles with Deacon Dionysious.

The visit was very worthwhile and the students enjoyed the experience.

“I was surprised at the breadth of different styles of worship”

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Leyland Church Visits, a set on Flickr.

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