G - Friday 17th March 9.30am - 3pm: Religious Education
- This session is designed to help you to show how the outdoors and nature can contribute to pupils’ mental, cognitive and linguistic development through a range of RE activities which offer distinctive opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The use of outdoor and nature offers a structured and safe space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate. This session also allows for timely and sensitive responses to be made to unforeseen events of a religious, moral or philosophical nature, whether local, national or global and relevant religious festivals. You will learn how to develop pupils’ skills to: Explore practices from a range of different faith groups which promote mindfulness and meditation such as creating mandala or a zen garden, Discuss a range of beliefs and issues around religious beliefs in an outdoor setting to help with the clarity of critical thinking; take some heat out of potential arguments and encourage the participants to relax and gain the confidence to contribute, Learn about the different links between religious festivals/practices and nature eg the Jewish festival of Sukkah, Hindu Diwali and Buddhist Prayer gardens.