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KS1/2 RE - Big Ideas for Small People

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Summary

In this series of KS1 lessons, Paul Newbould from Minchinhampton School, uses techniques including "philosophy for children", to encourage deeper-thinking among Year 1 pupils, in an RE context.

He exploits both AT1 and the often under-used potential of AT2 of the National Framework (learning from religion), by enabling and making room for children to express their own ideas and beliefs.

Through a series of discussion-based activities, including role-play, think-pair-share and thinking books: pupils are encouraged to think about the big, philosophical and theological questions of morality, concepts of "right" and "wrong" and the nature of God.

Without the barriers that writing activities present to this age group, pupils can reflect on deeper questions.

The lesson's ultimate aim is to get the pupils to reflect on what they think is the biggest question of all.

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