Teaching Religious Education: Primary and Early Years

Series Achieving QTS
Author(s) Elaine McCreery, Sandra Palmer, Veronica Voiels
Publisher Learning Matters
Published 2008
Pages 163
Price £15
ISBN 9781844451081
Reviewed by Mrs Margaret Simms
Review published 4 September 2008

Teaching Religious Education offers a matter-of-fact approach to teaching Religious Education to children in Chapter 3: Principles into practice. In Chapters 5 and 7, authors McCreery, Palmer and Voiels encourage students intent on achieving QTS, to help children develop thinking skills in Religious Education. Whilst RE is its own subject it does not stand alone as is shown in Chapter 4 where RE is set within the context of literature and literacy in the broader curriculum.

It is not a criticism of the book to suggest that whilst it attempts to provide a non- biased approach to the teaching RE, it cannot account for bias of the reader for whom there may be some anomalies. Nevertheless a most useful resource for students teaching RE in the primary and early years.