Connecting with Schools

 

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer Spaces In Schools enable children and young people to explore faith and spirituality from a broadly Christian perspective in a safe, creative and interactive way. A range of flexible resources can be adapted to work for participants aged 5 to 18 bringing an experiential dimension to a variety of subject areas and to pastoral aspects of school life.

Prayer Spaces:

  • are rooted in broadly Christian traditions of prayer, whilst allowing children and young people to respond individually and draw their own conclusions.
  •  inspire a sense of awe and wonder in children and young people, about how they perceive themselves, how they relate with others, and how they engage with the world around them. 
  • enable children and young people to interact in their own way with an environment of prayer and to express their thanks, hopes, dreams, questions and fears, and to explore ways of praying as practiced by the saints of old and people today.
  • provide an opportunity for children and young people to stop, think and ask questions about their lives, their experiences, their beliefs, and their relationships, and to learn from this reflection.
  • are hospitable and welcoming to all children and young people, whatever their beliefs or cultural backgrounds
  • use a variety of innovative and imaginative techniques to enable children and young people to express prayer in different ways.


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Barnabas in schools

Barnabas in Schools’ overall aim is to enable schools to explore Christianity creatively. This is done by resourcing the teaching of Christianity and the Bible within RE and Collective Worship. It is a professional service provider to primary schools and works throughout England and Wales, offering quality creative arts-based Barnabas RE Days for pupils and specialist INSET sessions for teachers. Barnabas in Schools is resourced, supported and enabled by BRF.

Barnabas RE Days

A full day's programme to explore Christianity creatively with primary-aged children through storytelling, drama or music according to the skills of the Barnabas in Schools' Team member - Working with a range of Barnabas RE Day themes, and offering a range of other themes for schools in the North-East.

The Barnabas RE Day Approach

Barnabas in Schools values the spiritual life of children, so embrace an open-ended and exploratory approach when exploring Christian values and Bible stories through the creative arts. No assumptions are made about prior knowledge or expectations concerning personal belief; instead, children are encouraged to use the imagination to immerse themselves playfully in key faith stories to ask questions, suggest possible answers to dilemmas - and engage with Christian beliefs in a non-confrontational and frequently light-hearted way that supports RE, PSE and SMSC provision. Appropriate differentiation is made in style and content to allow for pupil age and ability, and support materials are also provided. 

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