KO the karate

29th May 2009 at 01:00

I read with anticipation an example on RE in Tried and Tested (TES Magazine, May 22). My delight turned to dismay when I read it. Using karate movements to teach the 5Ks, or articles of faith central to Sikhism, pupils will subliminally associate such activity with the religion.

The 5Ks may be recalled easily by students, but they will also recall the karate association and link it with Sikhism. Consider using these movements to teach Christian holy communion or the five pillars of Islam and it is clear the activity is inappropriate. In future, I hope you will consider carefully the pedagogy of lessons before including them in Tried and Tested.

Jane Brooke, Principal consultant, Chester diocese.

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