Why Narnia? Barnabas RE Day

Why Narnia? is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools based on 'The Chronicles of Narnia' stories.

These stories by C.S. Lewis continue to delight generations of children and adults, whether in their original print version or dramatised in plays, cartoons and films.

Intended first as sheer entertainment, 'The Chronicles of Narnia' tales, such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, also explore Christian responses to larger questions about reality and fantasy, awe and wonder, and the nature of good and evil.

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Using interactive storytelling and drama, the Why Narnia? Barnabas RE Day explores key scenes from the stories, comparing and contrasting their content with related stories from the Bible, while also encouraging pupils to discuss possible links between the fictional land of Narnia and our own world.

This workshop is available all year round, but it may be of particular interest at Easter (exploring the significance of the crucifixion) and Christmas (‘Always winter and never...’).

Resource book

All schools booking this Barnabas RE Day will receive a copy of the resource book Teaching Narnia 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

The Why Narnia? INSET introduces course participants to the background of the stories, their key ideas and their potential for use in RE.

INSET