Barnabas RE Day themes

Barnabas RE Days work with a range of topical themes and festival themes. You are welcome to select one or two of the themes for your Barnabas RE Day. You may choose to follow the same theme with all classes or choose different themes for KS1 and KS2.

A number of additional themes are available exclusively in the north-east of England.

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Topical themes

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Christianity around the World - new

Coming in September 2018: explores in depth how the Christian faith is lived out in countries such as Ethiopia, Argentina, Spain and Russia.

Christianity around the World

Where in the World?

Gives schools the opportunity to explore what the Christian faith looks and sounds like in another country.

Where in the World?

Creating Character: Respect, Resilience and Responsibility

Uses stories from throughout the Bible, such the feeding of the 5,000 or the story of Jonah, to ask how the values of respect, resilience and responsibility form the people we are and how they relate to our life – as individuals and in our class, school and wider community.

Respect, Resilience and Responsibility

Creating Character: Friendship, Forgiveness and Peace

Explores Old Testament stories, such as Ruth and Naomi or the story of Joseph, to consider what they might say about the value of friendship and relationships generally and how this might relate to them in their class, school or wider community.

Friendship, Forgiveness and Peace

Creating Character: Compassion, Service and Community

Looks at stories from the New Testament, such as Jesus and the paralysed man, to explore the values of compassion and service and how those values might relate to pupils in their class, school or wider community.

Compassion, Service and Community

Who Is My Neighbour?

Workshops explore issues involved in caring for others, the nature of compassion and the building blocks that form creative communities.

Who Is My Neighbour?

What Price Peace?

Using examples from World War I, this workshop offers some perspectives into what happened during 1914-18, mixing contemporary stories and older insights into conflict and peacemaking from the Christian Bible that remain relevant today.

What Price Peace?

Who Am I?

Workshops explore issues relating to our identity as individuals, each person's unique and special gifts, and how those gifts might be creatively combined in successful teamwork.

Who Am I?

What's So Special about the Bible?

The translation of the Christian Bible into the everyday English of its generation over 400 years ago was a milestone that opened up a whole new world of possibilities. It led to profound changes in thinking that have shaped the culture of the western world and left a lasting legacy right up to the present day.

What's So Special about the Bible?

What's Money Worth?

Workshops help primary teachers and pupils to unpack some of their assumptions and beliefs about what really constitutes 'the bottom line' in achieving one's life goals, and suggests that for Christians there's a lot more to life than simply 'making a living' and spending it.

What's Money Worth?

Why Narnia?

'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C.S. Lewis continue to delight generations of children and adults, whether enjoyed in their original print version or dramatised in plays, cartoons and films. Intended firstly as sheer entertainment, these stories, such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, also explore Christian responses to larger questions about reality and fantasy, awe and wonder, and the nature of good and evil.

Why Narnia?

What Makes a Winner?

A creative arts-based Barnabas RE Day that explores sporting values and challenges through the eyes of Christian faith and belief.

What Makes a Winner?

Who Comes First?

An arts-based Barnabas RE Day offering creative ideas for exploring the Christian faith in relation to Olympic values.

Who Comes First?

Festivals

Advent and Christmas

This workshop offers pupils the opportunity to explore this exciting festival, and to learn more about how Christians prepare for this season. Using a mixture of interactive and/or reflective storytelling, drama and activities, the workshop invites pupils to use their imagination to step into the concepts and stories for themselves. In so doing, they can consider the excitement and the dilemmas of people involved at the time, and respond with what they themselves think about these stories.

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Lent and Easter

This workshop explores the stories of the Bible that relate to the period of Lent, Holy Week and Easter Day, using a mixture of interactive and reflective storytelling, drama and activities. The pupils are invited to use their imagination and step into the events for themselves, so that they can experience the excitement and the dilemmas of people involved at the time, understand what they mean for Christians today and respond with what they themselves think about these stories.

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Harvest

The Harvest Barnabas RE Day explains and explores this annual festival of thanksgiving, using a mixture of Bible stories and interactive storytelling, drama and activities. Pupils are invited to explore what harvest means, what it means to share and how we might have a part to play too.

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