What we do
We deliver RE sessions on Christian topics in the local RE syllabus that range from Christmas and Easter sessions that you might expect, to more challenging topics such as Death and Difficult Questions.
For primary schools these sessions are delivered in church if possible, but some work equally well in a school hall. Sometimes we present to whole year groups rather than a class at a time.
For secondary schools the sessions are delivered in the classroom or hall and given by topic to each class within a year group.
We now have around over 60 off-the-shelf sessions that are fast moving, multi-sensory and use a variety of learning strategies. Sessions may involve a mix of whole year and small group activities and include:
- Film Clips
- Handling artefacts
- Use of worksheets
Every session is planned in detail and discussed with school staff beforehand. Our instructions and background notes explain what’s needed from team leaders and volunteers during every activity.
We happily work with teachers to tailor sessions to meet specific learning objectives and develop new sessions to meet the way individual schools implement the local RE syllabus.
We also work with school RE coordinators to ensure the programme of sessions we deliver offers a progressive exploration of the key concepts of Christianity as children move through the school.
That’s the nuts and bolts of what we do in Reading.
Elsewhere we’ll do whatever we can to help churches learn from our overwhelmingly positive experience of working with schools in Reading.