Who Comes First? Barnabas RE Day

Who Comes First? is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

This arts-based Barnabas RE Day offers creative ideas for exploring the Christian faith in relation to Olympic values. It is suitable for Foundation, KS1 and KS2 and explores sporting values and challenges through the eyes of Christian faith and belief.

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In more detail

Each workshop encourages pupils to engage with related Bible stories, ask searching questions and reflect on what this could all mean for them.

Each workshop will involve a busy mix of games, participative drama and reflective storytelling, appropriately crafted for age and ability. Workshops normally last 30-60 minutes depending on age and will require use of a large indoor space. If requested, a whole-school assembly can be included.

What teachers say

This was a most enjoyable day for our pupils and staff - very inspirational. Thank you.

Finchampstead CE VA Primary School, Nr Wokingham


An excellent day - thought provoking, interesting and engaging. We will definitely look to using Barnabas for our RE days again. Thank you!

Crookhill Community Primary School, Ryton

Also avaiable: INSET session

Using key elements of Christian teaching and particular Bible stories, the Who Comes First? INSET session will:

  • look at the history of the Olympic Games in their New Testament context and their subsequent development.
  • unpack the links between what Christians believe and the seven official sporting values of Respect, Excellence, Friendship, Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality.
  • explore Bible stories that relate to issues of winners and losers; the relationship between individual excellence and team spirit; the dynamic tension of competition and cooperation; as well as questions of fairness and respect.
  • sample a range of creative approaches for sharing these stories with children both in the classroom and in collective worship.
  • make relevant connections between RE and the wider curriculum, in particular PE, PHSE and Citizenship, SEAL and Values education.
  • reflect on what the Games can teach us about what Christians believe, and how it influences their choices in life.