Understanding Christianity Training
The Understanding Christianity resource has been developed in response to a need identified in RE: supporting the progressive and systematic investigation of Christian beliefs and practices. Understanding Christianity aims to enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith by exploring core theological concepts, offering a challenging approach for teaching about Christianity, raising the level of pupils’ religious literacy.
This resource will support schools using the new Northumberland Agreed Syllabus for RE. The unit plans for Christianity within the new RE syllabus are condensed versions of the units contained within the Understanding Christianity resource. The resource follows the same pedagogy of the new syllabus (text/beliefs, impact, connections) and will provide a deeper understanding for teachers from which to plan as well as lots of extra suggested resources. There are further details in the attachments.
For first and primary school colleagues, the course consists of two days of training; the first day will introduce the resource, its pedagogy, the theological concepts with the accompanying subject knowledge and the second day will look at curriculum design and how this resource could be used effectively in your school, with time for supported planning in the afternoon.
Course dates for first and primary (colleagues need to attend BOTH dates):
Day 1: Tuesday 14th November 2023
Day 2: Monday 4th December 2023
For secondary colleagues, it is a one day course when all of the above will be condensed for specialists for the smaller number of year groups catered for in KS3. Middle school colleagues would probably be best to attend the secondary course where the focus will be on KS3 but non-specialist RE leads from middle schools are welcome to attend the primary course if they would prefer slightly more input and planning support; please do get in touch to ask if you’re unsure.
Course date for middle and secondary schools:
- Friday 24 November 2023
As part of the training, you will receive the Understanding Christianity resource pack and you will also gain access to all of these resources online to share with colleagues in school. There is a subsidy for community schools without a religious designation so you will be able to receive the resource and training at a much-reduced rate.