Strategies for Engagement #14

…to trace connections between faith and learning and life

Encouraging learners to connect faith and learning with all of life can stimulate them to think about the role of faith and values. For example, in  maths pupils could work out what percentage of what we pay for a banana goes to the grower and the difference an alternative pay structure makes to growers’ lives. Links between learning and faith can be pursued, as well as the question of whether this influence is always for good. Learners could research how far faith was a motive for some reformers in the industrial revolution and critique case studies of when faith served the community and when it didn’t.

  • Learners can make connections between PE and faith by engaging in exercise and experiencing how it affects the whole person: body, soul and spirit. This can lead to them making connections between their own feeling, thinking, physical well-being and spiritual well-being.
  • Learners could make connections between learning and life in design and technology, by creating designs and exploring how clothes carry messages and values.
  • Learners can connect science and faith when studying magnetism, exploring how people in the past, including some Christians, have responded to this phenomenon.
In examples like these, consciously making connections engages learners with faith as something that affects all of life. It helps them to lay foundations for not keeping faith and learning separated and divorced from life and practice.