Who Is My Neighbour? Barnabas RE Day

Who Is My Neighbour? is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

Workshops explore issues involved in caring for others, the nature of compassion and the building blocks that form creative communities.

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In more detail

We explore the ways people shut themselves off from each other and the way Jesus invites us instead to reach out to everyone around us, regardless of prejudices. We look at his example and his stories, which help us understand what compassion means. We think about the feeling of compassion and its power to help us act and change our behaviour. We explore how we might show compassion in our own behaviour in school and at home.

At KS1 a key focus is on Jesus changing people’s lives.

At KS2 ideas include being powerless and vulnerable, sharing other people’s experience in order to help them, the idea that people matter, and self-sacrifice for others. Key focuses include stories illustrating how Jesus helped people.

What teachers say

Children thinking and empathising on a deeper level.

Northern Saints CEVA Primary School, Sunderland

Curriculum links

The Barnabas RE Day will give learners the opportunity to do some or all of the following:

Learning about religion

  • Recognise people, places and events from the Bible
  • Remember the outlines of stories of people whose lives were changed
  • Understand that Christians see Jesus as special, as seen through his healings
  • Learn about the historical context of the stories

Learning from religion

  • Respond to biblical stories of compassion in the light of their own experience
  • Recognise good and bad examples from stories
  • Show awareness that some things are right and some are wrong
  • Relate moral issues encountered in their daily lives to Christian teaching
  • Talk about the relevance of Jesus’ teaching on compassion to their own lives
  • Develop their understanding of what it means to belong to a community
  • Discuss the nature of individual responsibility
  • Express ideas through drama and dance
  • Explore times of stillness in order to reflect on what has been studied