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RE Teachers Resources

This “Visiting a Mosque: RE Teachers Resources” pack is intended to support and empower Religious Education (RE) Teachers in organising and delivering school visits to Places of Worship such as mosques.

Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, “in-person” visits to Places of Worship such as mosques were paused. As a result, signposting to “virtual” mosque tours has been included in this pack as an additional resource and to increase familiarity and confidence when organising in-person visits. Please note: this page and associated resources are best viewed on a desktop/laptop device.

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1. Teachers Introduction (PDF)

Short introduction to using these resources and links to external resources

2. Guide to Organising a School
Visit to a Mosque (PDF)

Key tips and checklist for planning and delivering an in-person visit for pupils. Also download these template activity sheets (PDF) and children’s activity pack inc. quiz (ZIP)
3. List of Mosques Offering
School Tours


Web page with non-exhaustive list of wide range of mosques nationwide that offer school tours.

 

4. Explore 360 Mosque Tours

Interactive “360 degree” virtual mosque tours for six diverse mosques across Britain, including hot spots with additional information and photos of rooms, artefacts or points of interest. These are designed to assist pupils and teachers understand what to expect, before attending a real “in-person” visit to a mosque. Teachers Guide (Resouce 4) contains further guidance.

5. Explore Recorded Mosque Tours

Video tours of a further six mosques across Britain, recorded as part of the #VisitMyMosque virtual campaign in 2020 during the COVID19 pandemic, including more audio-visual interaction with tours guides. Some recorded tours are approximately one hour in duration, but time stamps are provided in the Teachers Guide (Resource 5) for specific themes and tour sections.

 

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Resource 4: Explore 360 Mosque Tours

Click on an image to be taken to the 360 tour for that mosque. Please note the tours are viewed best on a desktop computer.

Teacher’s Guide (including profile information on each mosque):  Click here to download (PDF)

Masjid-e-Khazra, Glasgow

Shah Jalal Mosque, Cardiff

Sheffield Madina Masjid

Al-Abbas Islamic Centre, Birmingham

Dar Ul Isra, Cardiff

Blackburn Royal Hospital Prayer Room

Looking for more 360 Mosque Tours? Check out tours for Shah Jahan Mosque (Woking) and Suleymaniye Mosque (London)

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Resource 5: Explore Recorded Mosque Tours

Click on the videos below to watch a short excerpt from a recorded mosque tour for that mosque, or follow the link underneath to watch the full recorded tour (on YouTube or Facebook video). Please note the videos are viewed best on a desktop computer.

Teacher’s Guide (including time stamps for each recorded tour): Click here to download (PDF)

Newcastle Central Mosque

Watch full recorded tour

Cambridge Central Mosque

Watch full recorded tour

Old Kent Road Mosque, South London

Watch full recorded tour

Shia Ithna’asheri Community of Middlesex

Watch full recorded tour

Masjid Ibrahim, East London

Watch full recorded tour

Karimia Institute, Nottingham

Watch full recorded tour

Looking for more Recorded Mosque Tours? Check out these video tours for Glasgow Central Mosque and East London Mosque.

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Acknowledgements

We would like thank a wide range of contributors who were involved in the development and review of these resources, including the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE), The Inter Faith Network (IFN), RE Matters, Theos Think Tank, Association for RE Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants (AREIAC), MCB National Council Members, Lancashire Council of Mosques, Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) and individual RE teachers and volunteers. We are also grateful to those who have provided funding for the completion of this resource work including Culham St. Gabriel’s Trust and individual donors.

Photo credit: School children sitting in mosque hall – St. Eanswythe’s CE Primary School. Imam delivering presentation on fasting – Southampton Medina Mosque.

Contact Us

This resource pack is copyrighted; however copyright does not extend to the linked resources, which are covered by the copyright of the organisations that have produced them. These resources are intended for schools to use and may be reproduced  and adapted by teachers to enable pupils to learn about Islam and mosques in the UK.

If an individual, school, publisher or organisation wishes to reproduce all or part of this resource in any other context than described above, please email us at visitmymosque@mcb.org.uk