REaction days – bringing RE to life!
REaction offers pupils a lively way of engaging actively with RE. The cost is just £3 per student.
REaction events are run in partnership with local faith communities and the local Christian team, Label of Love, often with a lively mix of drama, dance and music, plus a measure of social action to give some challenge. There’s also story, creativity and reflection – something for all styles of learning. REaction gives opportunity for schools to practice cross-curricular learning, whilst supporting teachers with good practice in RE. REaction is a happy marriage between core religious education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The day starts at 10.00 and finishes at 14.30; it is aimed at different year groups each term. Pupils are split into workshop groups and tackle 4 or 5 activities over the course of the day. REaction begins and ends with plenary sessions that encourage teamwork and respect for others, with fun and games! Using enquiry, teachers then prepare follow-up activities from our local RE syllabus, once back in school.
Summer Term 2019: Changes for Y5 / Y6 transition
As children prepare for the next stage of their school and their life journey, REaction looked at how Changes can impact our life. Based on Unit 6.3 Hopes & Visions and using the Joseph story from the Old Testament, pupils thought about:
- who they are
- how life changes may affect them
- how they might find ways of dealing with change
- how they might offer to help others who struggle with change, and
- what they personally may contribute to the world, in a wider context.
We looked at the challenges of poverty and homelessness in the community, working together with local Food Banks. Children brought items for local Food banks, doing something concrete to encourage those who need to use them.
Other dates on request; in-school events by arrangement
A new Justice & Freedom theme – Sanctuary – was trialled in November to great acclaim! To experience the drama of refugees seeking sanctuary, do get in touch!
St John of Beverley’s well at his birthplace in Harpham. Read more about him here or visit Beverley Minster shop.
Comments from teachers and pupils:
“A fabulous way to bring the RE curriculum alive, out of the classroom in a stunning venue. Thank you.”
“A really enjoyable day had by all – fun, interesting, inspirational & educational – many thanks to all the staff for a great day!”
“I was impressed with the varying activities throughout the day; since these were quite different to the norm, they provided a very effective means of embedding the RE curriculum.“
“Ace, awesome, amazing”
“It’s better than RE at school!”
“Helped me understand other people’s stories when I acted them out.”
“Helped me to think about those with disabilities; the man doing it also smiled a lot!”
“Helps me to know that everyone has talents.”
Revd Matthew leading a reflective ‘pilgrimage’ workshop to St John’s tomb, Bridlington Priory