Creating Character: Respect, Resilience and Responsibility Barnabas RE Day

Creating Character: Respect, Resilience and Responsibility 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 respect, resilience and responsibility.

Rich in story and song. Lots of energy and engaging approach.

Christ Church CE Primary School, North Tyneside

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In more detail

Focusing on stories from the Bible, 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.

Each workshop uses a variety of interactive and reflective activities to explore a variety of Bible stories, such as the feeding of the 5,000, Jonah and the whale, and the temptations of Jesus, to consider questions such as:

  • How do we show respect for all people?
  • What does respect look like in practice?
  • What does it mean to be resilient?
  • What does resilience look like in times of challenge?
  • How do we take responsibility for our values and actions?
  • What happens if we don’t take responsibility?

Throughout the day we consider 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.

Additional Creating Character Barnabas RE days are available that focus on Compassion, Service and Community and Friendship, Forgiveness and Peace. 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

Excellent as always.

Cambo First School, Morpeth

The children were thoroughly engaged by the session material.

St Mary's CE Primary School, London

Thank you - Chris was engaging and had a lovely manner with all!

Esh CE Aided Primary School, Durham

Pupils were involved in activities relevant to them - accessible to all.

Cleadon Academy, Cleadon

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