Overview: Let’s Cross Religious Divides
This part of the course uses the story Pete the Faithful Friend to teach children to cross religious divides. Pete the Faithful Friend is what would describe as “a thinking story”. This story, and the activities that accompany it, is intended to allow children to simply think about the differences and commonality they have as human beings, why some people may be different to them, what those differences might be, and whether the differences are of any significance at all.
This part of the course includes reading, a comprehension plenary session, artwork (which includes illustrating the story and some mandala art – both emphasising co-operative work), written work (which includes writing a prayer for a better world and a research project on an aspect of any chosen religion), games, some IT research, and optional public speaking (allowing class members to explain about their different religious holidays as and when they occur).