Harvest Barnabas RE Day

Harvest is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

The Barnabas RE Day on the theme of Harvest will explain and explore this annual festival of thanksgiving. Using a mixture of Bible stories and interactive storytelling, drama and activities, the pupils will be invited to explore what Harvest means, what it means to share and how we might have a part to play too. Suitable for Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

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A Barnabas RE Day on the theme of Harvest will focus on a selection of Bible stories that help Christians prepare for and celebrate this annual festival of thanksgiving. Using a mixture of storytelling, performance and drama games, the children will be invited to experience stories from the Old and New Testaments that relate to this theme. These include the story of Ruth and her loyalty and devotion at harvest time, the origins of Harvest Festival as expressed in the laws given to Moses, the importance of thankfulness for and awareness of God's goodness in the creation story and after the flood, the story of the ten lepers, the parable of the rich farmer and the parable of the sower.

In addition, the session will look at the sort of fruit that lives can produce in qualities such as love, joy, peace, gentleness and self-control, as they are traditionally expressed in Christian teaching. The overall aim of the workshop will be to prompt questions on how different people respond to the good gifts of life and to see how Christians try to apply the teaching of 'harvest' in their own lives.

At KS1 a key focus will be the stories of Harvest as found in the Bible and their encouragement to thankfulness for the good gifts of God's world.

At KS2 key ideas will be the way individuals in the stories respond to their experience of the good things of this world. Issues to explore will be those of human greed and human need, gratitude and selfishness, attitudes towards those less fortunate than ourselves, the work of Christian charities, and the ‘harvest' of how we respond to each other with good or bad attitudes. The overall aim of the session will be to reflect on these different responses as discovered in the stories and explore how Christians celebrate this festival, what it teaches them about life and what this might mean for others today.

Curriculum links

This Barnabas RE Day will give pupils the opportunity to do some or all of the following:

Learning about religion (AT1)

  • Recognise people, places and events from specific stories used at Harvest by Christians
  • Remember the outlines of these stories and be able to retell them
  • Understand why Christians see Harvest as a special time of year and what it means to them
  • Learn about the historical context of the stories

Learning from religion (AT2)

  • Respond to the biblical stories of harvest in the light of their own experience
  • Recognise good and bad examples from the stories
  • Show awareness of and express opinions about the moral values in the stories
  • Talk about the relevance of Jesus' teaching on Harvest to their own lives
  • Discuss the nature of our responsibility for others in need
  • Express ideas through drama or dance
  • Explore times of stillness in order to reflect on what has been studied