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The Skin I’m in by Pat Thomas would be a perfect resource to use in the classroom to address the issue of Racism. The book looks at the issue of racism and bullying and how this can make people feel. When reading this children can consider the feelings of the characters and discuss as a class how just because skin colour can be different we should still celebrate each others cultures and be accepting of each other. 

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Children could even be given the opportunity to interpret a piece of spiritual music in their own way and preform, either in a group or on their own, their own version of the music. By allowing children to experiment and foster religious music as their own not only would it develop key musical skills, it would give them a deeper understanding of that particular religion.

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A controversial topic that is covered in RE is that of family. In RE this can be taught through comparing different types of families, including same sex families.

The use of books can help explore these topics in a sensitive and appropriate manner.. Leslea Newman’s books; ‘Daddy, Papa and Me’ and ‘Mommy, Mama and Me’ can be used to talk about different family dynamics, homosexual, same sex families in an excluded way that helps prevent discrimination and prejudices. 

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This video demonstrates excellent practice within an RE session as it encourages children to use a variety of skills. The first activity is effective as children only have a short period of time to remember information so they must ensure that they are focused which will encourage them to stay on task. Children are encouraged to ask questions that will be passed onto another group, promoting deeper thinking and enquiry skills. When exploring quotes it provides children with the opportunity to justify their thoughts. 

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When teaching SRE, it is important to discuss homosexual relationships, in order for children to understand from a young age that it is normal. This controversial issue is often introduced using books which tackle homophobia and promote diversity, and has been found that, the introduction of diversity from a young age, in a variety of circumstances, decreases the chances of discrimination occurring in children (Aboud et al, 2012).

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If children have less access to Art then it could decrease their access to creativity which can be a huge aspect of who they are as an individual. This session explored how to include Art within ICT in order to ensure that children receive more access to the creative aspect of themselves. We looked at the programme scratch. The programme is used to create animations. 

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Within this learning event, our main first focus was on Computational Thinking, "Computational thinking allows us to take a complex problem, understand what the problem is and develop possible solutions. We can then present these solutions in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand." (BBC Bitesize, 2017). As the use of technology can be integrated into classrooms to enhance learning, challenge based learning can be an effective way to do this. As stated in the National Curriculum, "A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world." (DfE, 2013). The focus of problem solving which is provided through computational thinking and challenge based learning helps children to gain an understanding of how to change things simply within lessons or in the outside world.

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In our second RE session we focused on the use of visitors and going on visits to support children’s learning in RE. There are many ways the use of visitor are beneficial to the teaching of RE in schools. One example is that it promotes community cohesion, this is extremely important in schools and Erricker et al even state that “a duty have been placed on schools and loacal authorities to promote community cohesion.” (Erricker et al, 2010, p. 16). As well as this, having a visitor in school means the children can be provided with first hand experiences about different religions and cultures. This can be more memorable and engaging for the children than other ways of learning.

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A common book used amongst schools is ‘Badgers Parting Gift’. This book introduces the concept of grief and loss in a gentle and tenderhearted manner, which would be beneficial when introducing the concept to the younger children. It allows them to develop the idea of death being permanent as Badger does not return, whilst the gift’s he leaves behind introduces the idea of people dying but still leave memories behind.

Some films that also provide an effective gateway into grief and loss are, The Lion King and Finding Nemo, which both have characters that die. However, it is important to remember when teaching this topic that children may have differing beliefs about life after death due to their religion. Therefore teachers should be careful about their representations of ‘heaven’ when teaching the afterlife as it may provoke strong emotions from the children which may be different to others. Teachers should be aware of potential issues within this topic so they can pre plan any questions that may arise and be able to combat these. 
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