Giving us a flavour of experiential RE, Sue Philips delivered her usual creative and engaging approach to RE to some Yr2 UG and PG trainees this week. Trainees were able to experience her work on experiential pedagogy, religion-neutral exercises, life as a homeless person and of course, her work on ‘The Island’ as a way to engage and connect young people to their RE learning. Thanks Sue!
As part of the launch of the PGCE Primary programme, the trainees took part in workshops that gave them a taster of creative ways to teach the foundation subjects. A group of 60 students took part in exploring Sacred Spaces by considering the work of Eliade (1987) and Turkle (2011) where objects become evocative or sacred because of the meaning that people attach to them.
In groups they explored Ruff woods and considered how to make it meaningful and then created a sacred/meaningful space which could be used for reflection, worship, ritual or simply silence. Here are some of the spaces