A belief is something we take to be true and meaningful, even when we cannot prove it beyond reasonable doubt.
A person might believe in the existence of God, that their favourite football team will win the Premiership, that there is life after death, that it is right to treat others the way you would wish to be treated.
Beliefs help to shape the way in which a person understands and engages with the world around them. We can be more or less consciously aware of the beliefs that underpin our worldview; reflecting on and critically analysing beliefs is an important task, but it can be very challenging – even traumatic – if something occurs that compels us to radically reshape our beliefs.
Beliefs can be things that connect people, and they can be things that divide people. REConnecting Lincolnshire is working with teachers, children and young people to explore beliefs and their impact on the ways in which people engage with the world around them and with each other.
REConnecting Lincolnshire is working with teachers, children and young people and families to enable young people to explore issues related to their own beliefs and the beliefs of others.
FILM-MAKING / MULTIMEDIA
Activity title: News Report
Pupils will create a news report about one of the three worldviews in the Our Place radio play (Christianity, Islam, Humanism), preferably one with which they are relatively unfamiliar.
VISUAL ARTS (ART HISTORY, DECODING ART)
Activity title: Respecting different beliefs
Pupils will use skills associated with art appreciation and art history to explore what thoughts and beliefs artists seek to make visible through their art.
WRITING (SCRIPT WRITING)
Activity Title: Resolving the Conflict
Pupils will write a short dramatic scene where a friendship might end because of a difference in belief, but the characters find a way to resolve the conflict and save their friendship.
RE AND PSHE
Activity title: Beliefs 1 – How do we Know?
Using techniques and examples from philosophy, pupils will explore different ways of knowing and learning more about the world around us.
RE AND PSHE
Activity title: Beliefs 3 – Questioning Beliefs
Pupils will carry out research into the founders of either Buddhism or Sikhism to help them reflect on the importance and impact of questioning beliefs.