Creating Character: Friendship, Forgiveness and Peace Barnabas RE Day

Creating Character: Friendship, Forgiveness and Peace is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

This creative arts-based Barnabas RE Day offers a range of ways for primary-aged pupils to engage with the important values of friendshipforgiveness and peace.

Calm, engaging sessions to stimulate the minds of young children in a busy world are crucial and should be prioritised.

St Mary Abbots School, London

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In more detail

Focusing on Old Testament stories, the day will cover:

  • What are values and character?
  • How do they form the people we are and the communities we belong to?
  • How do values relate to school life both individually and corporately?

Each day usually begins with collective worship on the Creating Character theme for the whole school. This is followed by creative workshops for individual classes up to a maximum of seven sessions. Alternatively, you may select a particular key stage or set of year groups to take part in the day.

The workshops will use interactive and reflective activities to look in depth at the values of friendship, forgiveness and peace to consider what they might look like in practice.

  • What is true friendship?
  • How easy is it to forgive?
  • How can we live in peace with others?
  • What about when we don’t get on with others?

Pupils will explore Old Testament stories, such as Ruth and Naomi or the story of Joseph. Pupils are invited to journey through the stories, followed by a time of reflection. They are encouraged to consider what the story might say about the value of friendship and relationships generally and how this might relate to them in their class, school or wider community.

Additional Creating Character Barnabas RE days are available that focus on Compassion, Service and Community and Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. Please state your chosen package when booking.


The Creating Character INSET is a two-hour INSET/CPD training session for those teaching RE or with a related interest in character education.



What teachers say

Lovely assembly - Joy managed to keep children's attention throughout.

St Peter's CE Primary School, Buckinghamshire

Activities/sessions were interactive, involved the children throughout and were fun.

Easington CE Primary School, County Durham