Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

21 November 2016

Cults in Australia

This Sunday Night report might be a useful introduction for Senior Students into a unit on cults. There are some confronting elements in it so teachers should use their discretion.

14 November 2016

Spirited Arts Competition

The Spirited Arts Competition is a Religious Education event held every year in the UK. Each year there is a theme and schools are encouraged to incorporate the event into their RE lessons. Entries are received from other countries including Australia. Have a look at the 2016-2017 theme. Previous years winners can be seen online.

7 November 2016

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle have a list of all the teaching and learning strategies used over the year in their syllabus. A copy can be found here. There are some really great ideas. and there must be more than a hundred listed. Here is just a tiny sample:

  • Formulate a series of questions you would want to ask characters from Bible stories.
  • Older children write a pamphlet explaining to younger children how to look up Scripture references.
  • Working with finger puppets, present a Bible story.
  • Write a letter to someone of another faith explaining why the Bible is the special book of the Christian family.
  • Interview a character who was present at one of the events of Jesus life about their memories of the event.
  • In groups, pupils make a radio or TV broadcast or newspaper article reporting on an event in the Gospels.