Classroom Resources for RE

INTRODUCTION TO RESOURCES

Welcome to our exciting new initiative in Religious Education. VinE and the Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA) have been working with RE Today to produce a range of free classroom resources for RE. These resources enable teachers and pupils to explore, through critical, objective and pluralistic RE lessons, questions around the moral status of animals and ethical veganism as both a religious and non-religious worldview.

We invite you to watch Peter Egan’s introduction to our RE materials (subtitles provided).

We hope you enjoy exploring the six RE Units that span Key Stages 1 to 5 (5–18-year-olds) and accompanying Teacher’s Guide. They are designed to be used flexibly and creatively by teachers of RE across the four nations of the UK and beyond. You will find a wealth of activities and ideas for teaching and learning accompanied by supplementary resources and links to external sources too.

If you use our resources let us know what you think about them. We value your feedback – please email hello@teachvine.org

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As RE widens its scope and moves towards a worldviews paradigm, aiming to prepare children and young people for life in a complex multi-religious and multi-secular world, studying ethical veganism offers opportunities to examine the dynamics between religions and worldviews. Ethical veganism, a rapidly growing, practice-based philosophical belief, protected under the Equality Act (2010) and in European law, can be understood as a non-religious worldview, but also, for many people, it is a worldview deeply intertwined with religious belief and practice. Sometimes it is supported by religious teachings and doctrines and sometimes it presents challenges to them. Ethical veganism, and the issues relating to it, provides a rich field of study for children and young people as veganism increasingly becomes part of our collective consciousness in everyday life – whether in shops and restaurants, or in discussions ranging beyond our treatment of animals to environmental responsibility, human health, social justice, and of course, religion and belief.

Empathy and compassion are the founding principles in most religious and ethical traditions. Veganism is ultimately a philosophy of compassion. By extending our circle of compassion to all living beings, we can stimulate the development of empathy in children which will help them improve all of their interpersonal relationships. This teaching approach also complements school goals of social-emotional learning, anti-bullying initiatives and creating global citizens responsible for ensuring a more ethical, just and sustainable world.

Teachers’ Guide for RE

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Teachers’ Guide for RE

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Ages 5-7

RE Classroom resources
What can we learn from religious stories about how humans should treat other animals? (Christians, Jewish people, Muslims)

Ages 7-9

What can we learn from dharmic religions about kindness to animals? (Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs)

Ages 10-12

Should the Golden Rule include animals?

Ages 12-14

Ages 14-16

Ages 16-18

RE materials: sentience

Ages 5-7

RE Classroom resources

What can we learn from religious stories about how humans should treat other animals? (Christians, Jewish people, Muslims)

Ages 7-9

What can we learn from dharmic religions about kindness to animals? (Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs)

Ages 10-12

Should the Golden Rule include animals?

Ages 16-18

RE materials: sentience

Sentience

2023 Spirited Arts & Poetry Competition

This year VinE & AIA are jointly sponsoring the theme “All God’s Creatures?” to highlight the importance of animals.

Spirited Arts competition

Get involved in the 2023 Spirited Arts & Poetry Competition, run by NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) and join hundreds of schools from around the world taking part in this year’s competition.

All God’s Creatures?

Do animals belong to God? Are they part of a divine plan? Do animals have souls? The beauty and sheer awesomeness of non-human animals with whom we share planet Earth is celebrated in many of the world’s religions. Some worldviews see all living beings as interconnected, yet others emphasise the separateness and superiority of humans over other animals. Animals play a huge part in all our lives, whether we realise or not. How humans interact with other animals and the natural world impacts on all living beings and the planet. This theme invites exploration of ideas and beliefs about non-human animals. Great work will show originality and flare coming from deep consideration of the issues. Challenge learners to engage thoughtfully with scripture, philosophy, and scientific enquiry to write an inspiring passage to accompany stunning images. VinE is delighted to partner with NATRE and the Animals Interfaith Alliance (AIA) to bring you this theme.

NATRE welcomes entries in (almost!) any art form, including:

  • Art (painting, drawing, sketching etc)
  • Poetry
  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Sculpture

All entries must be received before Monday 31 July 2023.

Full details can be read on the NATRE’s Website here.

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