REaction days – bringing RE to life!
REaction offers children a way of engaging actively with RE. The cost is just £3 per pupil.
REaction events are run in partnership with local faith communities and the local Christian team, Label of Love. The team leads each day 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 in a more exciting way, whilst supporting teachers with good practice in RE. REaction is a happy marriage between core religious education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
REaction looks at what religion has to say about British values and linking with school ethos, encourages children to think about how we might strive to live those out.
When we last revised our local agreed syllabus 2 years ago, by popular request, we left in the popular Pilgrimage unit (5.3) for Y5 and Y6. Recent REaction days bruoght Pilgrimage alive through an interactive mix of drama, reflection, music and song, plus cutting-edge social action – the Send My Friend project to raise awareness of Third World issues. Download the workshop grid which outlined how the theme was covered; at Beverley there was the additional ‘Tower Tour’ where pilgrims get a chance to ascend the central tower of the Minster and see the marks that other pilgrims have left across the centuries…
Read more about St John of Beverley here ; there is a useful book about him to purchase from the Minster shop.
For Bridlington, download this booklet: St-John-of-Bridlington
And learn more about St John of Howden here
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.”
The day starts at 10.00 and finishes by 14.45; 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 starts and finishes with plenary sessions that encourage teamwork and respect for others, with fun and games for everyone! Using enquiry, teachers then prepare follow-up activities from the new RE syllabus once back in school.
Our Just as I Am REaction workshops – powerful and inclusive, with vital aspects of British values and the equal opportunities agenda built in – are always available as a bespoke package; in-school sessions are popular, so do get in touch if your school would like to host.
Revd Matthew leading a reflective ‘pilgrimage’ workshop to St John’s tomb, Bridlington Priory