Celebrating R.E.
... exploring values and beliefs for tomorrow’s world

March 2011
A month long celebration of religious education in England and Wales

from the Religious Education Council of England and Wales

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Little Heath School pupils were among the winners of the national
Spirited Arts RE and Art competition
They were the only special school and only London school to win.

First Revelation of the Qur'an: for the Turning Point section of the RE Today Art In Heaven competition

RE work by pupils from Year 9 and Year 10

'And so he walked, into Makkah
In his heart echoed Iqra, Iqra (Read, Read)
And from the world, darkness was gone
with salvation, rising with dawn'
Mount Hira, lyrics by singer Zain Bhikha

The story of the First Revelation taps into my pupils' own experiences. When asked for their most powerful turning point in school, many will say, “Learning to read”. Muhammad's first words to the angel Jibril are “I cannot read”.

This art work was made in response to a turning point in the life of Muhammad and a story of key significance in Islam, and is about making the ordinary extraordinary. It was carried out in two parts; looking at a poster of Mount Hira and representing it in torn paper collage and 3D, and then conveying the wonder of the moment of revelation. Pupils used glitter, iridescent cellophane, holographic card and gold paper. They followed the Islamic rules of representation.

They worked while listening to recitations from the Qur'an. This added to the atmosphere and purpose of the task. All, despite their difficulties, worked with maturity in pairs or on their own. Work was shared so that less able children tore paper and the more able arranged it. Pupils organised that themselves without adult intervention.

The work chosen for consideration in the competition was achieved by children with a range of difficulties including autism, speech and communication difficulties, behavioural difficulties, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and Downs' syndrome. Some are among the least able children in the school. Yet they have expressed something quite moving and achieved far beyond their perceived ability.

So the whole task became a revelation and once again, we learnt more about who our pupils are and how they see the world.

Anne Krisman
Head of RE

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