Religious Education can be a contentious and awkward lesson to teach, and that’s when you have Religious teaching training. It’s even more difficult when you have to take a lesson as a please take.
I have found that a simple exercise of listing ten good things and ten bad things about religion opens debate and thought about the subject and the nature of belief and faith. It can fuel some argument in the class if not kept as a civilised debate, though it can surprise and amaze you at the opinions that pupils will have already formed.
Having taught the lesson in non-denominational and religious schools (Catholic and Catholic/Muslim) it is rewarding to hear of pupils sharing similar likes and dislikes of the ‘religious institution’, as well as discovering about the differences of beliefs among themselves. Sure, there can be disagreements and misunderstandings, though this is an integral part of learning.