The Story Tent website provides easily accessible online teaching materials to support KS2 pupils as they learn more about Religion and Worldviews through the lens of story. It provides a range of resources that seek to develop intercultural and interfaith dialogue through an inquiry-based approach with an exploration of difference at its heart. The Story Tent approach equips pupils with the confidence they need to live well in our increasingly globalised and diverse societies.
This month we are excited to announce the publication of “Scriptural Reasoning for Primary Schools” - How to share and explore sacred texts and their stories, published by Grove Educational. “Now is the time for us to be developing encounters that build trust through open dialogue about things that matter where religion is explicitly part of the conversation.”
I used to think that Muslim people and Islam was only in England, but it turns out they live everywhere.
"In understanding another you understand yourself more fully"
Through understanding different points of view a greater clarity of personal perspective grows; in understanding another you understand yourself more fully. I think that everyone should have the opportunity to work with people from other faiths, particularly within this collaborative approach.
"We should listen to each other and share their stories"
I have learned that we should listen to other people and share their stories and think about what differences and
similarities they have and respect other people when they are telling the stories and let people share their ideas about
how they think the story could help you.
"I am better able to engage with people with whom I disagree and respect them"
I certainly feel that I am better able to engage with people with whom I disagree and respect them, whether they hold beliefs which are similar to mine or not. Specifically, I feel that my listening skills have improved, and I feel that this is a key factor in interfaith relations.
"Respectful of everybody"
He has learnt to be respectful of everybody from every religion that is exactly what you want them to be taking away.
"It felt really magical to me"
It was really fun, and I liked the way the tent was set out, and we could all sit under it and like listen to you at the
same time, because it felt really magical to me and plus if I liked, I was relaxed and comfortable.
"To deal with not knowing in the world."
Religion can be a way for you to come up with your own questions. It is another way for you to think because
sometimes it can be this religion thinks this, this religion says that, but actually all the religions help us to deal with
ambiguity in the world, to deal with not knowing in the world. This suggests that perhaps future story tents could be part of a wider community based interfaith dialogue where we could further discuss our experiences and religions.
"Better equipped and confident"
I now feel better equipped and confident to discuss differences in religion because it has in the past been a source of disagreement between certain pupils. I think it should be a fundamental part of the curriculum, noticing similarities and differences, along with celebrating the diversity of our country.
"I just want to remember everything!"
I just want to remember everything because it has all been a new learning experience. Because like last time you came, I looked at Christianity which I looked deeper into my faith, this time I was with Amala, so it was like really unique to talk to someone who talked about a belief that was different to mine. So, I was thinking about what their thinking and how strong it is to them; and it helps me to understand how strong I can be of my faith.
"Going into a deeper dialogue"
Through learning more about Muslims and getting in contact with a real person it has made me reflect on how I look at them. Trying to understand them requires going into a deeper dialogue and challenging our preconceptions, and that’s what’s happened to me. Now I don’t look at other religious people in the same way, but remembering that the person goes first, and that how they engage with their own religion can be an example for me in my own religion.