Why Narnia? INSET session

Why Narnia? is a Barnabas INSET theme from Barnabas in Schools.

The Chronicles of Narnia stories of C.S. Lewis continue to delight generations of children and adults, whether enjoyed in their original print version or dramatised in plays, cartoons and films. Many schools use the series as part of their Literacy study programme for KS2, or provide them as independent pupil readers.

Intended to be enjoyed firstly 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. Their narratives have great potential for exploring key questions in RE such as:

  • What is really real?
  • How do we see the world?
  • Who is in charge of the world?
  • Is God really good?
  • Does God exist at all?
  • What happens after death?
  • How do we know what is right and wrong?

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

  • The use of story and creative storytelling in RE
  • C.S. Lewis - his background, life and writing career
  • The Narnia books - an overview of the 'big story' connecting the series
  • Exploring, devising and evaluating ultimate 'big' questions in RE
  • Key Narnia narratives for use in RE - and possible teaching approaches including cross-curricular work in Drama, Art, Music, Geography, History and Science

How to book FAQs

Resource book

All schools booking this INSET session 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.

Barnabas RE Day

There is also a Barnabas RE Day on the theme 'Why Narnia?'.