Working out!: Pupil’s Book. Follow Me Series Fifth/Sixth Class
This is a religious education textbook that formed part of the primary school religion curriculum developed by the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, based on the Catholic Church’s Alive-O programme. The text was designed for fifth and sixth class pupils. It is noticeably Bible-focused with many chapters referring pupils to particular readings or recounting stories from the Bible. For example Lesson 7, ‘Standing up for what you believe’, notes at the outset that ‘The Bible is full of characters that stood up for what they believed…’ and includes two adapted readings from the Daniel and Jeremiah on the theme. There is a complete chapter on ‘The Psalms’ and chapters on ‘The Story of the Bible’ and ‘The Story of the Bible Today’. After the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from Daniel 3, the text asks the pupils to find the story in their own Bibles. Elsewhere, pupils are referred to The Book of Common Prayer. Therefore, the text is to be used in conjunction with key religious texts and introduce pupils to the use of the Bible in particular. Elsewhere, there is an emphasis on a global understanding of religion. This is most obvious in the chapter on ‘World Religions’ but appears throughout. There are sections dealing with ethical issues, most obviously ‘Could I make the World a better place?’, which deals with forgiveness. The work of missionaries is praised, albeit moderately: ‘By 1900, thanks to the work of many missionaries, the Bible (in part) was in 500 different languages and was being read from South America, to India, China to Africa’ (104). There is specifically Irish content, from the section apparently written by pupils from Primary St. Columba’s College, Dublin to a section on the Book of Kells and a chapter on Celtic Christianity that discusses Celtic Christian prayers and saints. The text emphasises active and discovery learning and is full of suggested activities and topics for class discussion. Variety in the content is also notable including interviews with religious music writers and ‘Did you know?’ sections. The text is heavily illustrated with colour photographs and sketches.
Introduction by Richard, Meath and Kildare, Chairman, Primary Religious Education Curriculum Committee. Further lessons and material written by Jacqui Heaney.
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150p. : ill.
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Sticker: In Service training Please do not take away.
Religion, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Bible, Textbook
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