Where in the World? Barnabas RE Day

Where in the World? is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

Where in the World? is a creative arts-based Barnabas RE Day that gives schools the opportunity to explore what the Christian faith looks and sounds like in another country.

The opportunity for children to make connections about similarities was fantastic.

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  • Does your school have links with another country around the world?

  • Are you organising a special week with an international focus for your school?

  • Have you considered making connections with the worldwide Christian Church as part of your exploration of Christianity in RE?

Today's children are global citizens and in many parts of the UK there are representatives of the Christian family of faith from other countries within your own local community.

By means of an imaginative narrative about the migration of Sparkle the swallow, children will hear stories of Christian believers in countries outside the United Kingdom. Using music, visuals and participative learning, children will encounter how Christians in other parts of the world express their faith. And through creatively presented Bible stories, children will explore the growth and spread of Christianity into a worldwide faith.

Each session will involve a mix of games, storytelling and simple drama, differentiated for Foundation Stage through to KS2. Workshops normally last about 45 minutes and the day usually begins or ends with an act of collective worship on this theme. The whole day can include up to six workshops and an assembly.

    Resource book

    All schools booking this Barnabas RE Day will receive a copy of the resource book Where in the World? immediately after the event to explore the theme further. Please let us know if you would like to receive the book earlier to assist in your preparation for the day.

    INSET session also available

    Using key elements of Christian teaching and particular Bible stories, in the Where in the World? INSET session teachers will:

    • Encounter the Christian faith in countries outside the United Kingdom through an imaginative story about the migration of Sparkle the swallow.
    • Explore how Christians in other parts of the world express their faith through baptism, communion, worship, prayer and celebrations of special festivals, and take away practical ideas to use in the classroom.
    • Experience a range of music, stories, visuals and artefacts from the worldwide Christian Church which can be used in the classroom.
    • Learn about the growth and spread of Christianity into a worldwide faith.
    • Evaluate the possibilities and the pitfalls of making and sustaining links with schools or churches in the majority world.
    • Consider the contribution of Christians from countries outside the United Kingdom to issues of justice, inequality and peace, particularly in relation to children's rights and responsibilities.
    • Working with stories from the Bible, look at what Christians believe about the kingdom of God.

    INSET