At St. Michael’s we promote the ‘Big Question’ in RE. We encourage staff and children to collaborate with each other in a philosophical enquiry, to grow in understanding, not only of the material world, but also of the personal and ethical world around them. Furthermore, through asking the ‘Big Question’ it enables the children to explore their own values and to share these thoughts with their peers. The children learn negotiation and tolerance and become articulate, confident individuals through active discussion.
At St. Michael’s we are also passionate about encouraging children to think about the world around them by asking questions about what they see, hear and experience. We do this by thinking of ‘Big Questions’; this approach allows children to acquire and embed a range of skills across the curriculum areas through one motivating topic. As with Philosophical enquiry -there are no right or wrong answers to these questions.
Questions discussed to date include:
Where did God get the bones and skin to make the people? (Creation)
Why did God send a message? (The Nativity)
Why did God want Jesus to save the world? (Light)
Why is it so hard to have peace in the world? (Remembrance)
How do Buddhists believe that life began if there is no God? (Buddhism)
How does the Church help people draw closer to God? (The Contemporary Anglican Church)
We have a ‘Big Question’ display in the corridor leading to the main hall. The questions are thought-provoking and posed to really encourage the children (and adults) to reflect and think!