Whole School RE Project —The Big Frieze

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13 September 2019

On Monday we had a whole day off timetable so that we could explore some exciting artwork by the award winning children’s illustrator, Emma Yarle. Like many people, we found that although we could name many great bible stories and discuss how they linked to our school values, we found it tricky to know how all of these stories fit together to tell the big story of Christianity. So with support from Emma Yarle ’s illustrations, we began to think about the eight key concepts of Christianity, first using simple concept cards and then venturing into the more complex versions that make up The Big Frieze. 

We cracked the basic concept cards pretty quickly in our whole school collective worship at the start of the day, but the more complex versions needed a lot more attention and so each class focussed on just one panel of the Big Frieze artwork. After loads of discussion, group work and planning, each class began creating their own large scale version of their panel. These will be displayed in the school hall in the coming weeks and will help us to develop a deeper understanding of the bible stories we share at future collective worships by helping us to understand how they fit into the big story of Christianity. 

Some comments from Year 6 children:

“I like how the teachers can turn an exciting lesson into a whole day of fun.” Oliver 

“I really enjoyed using my imagination to create art.” Will

“I liked that today was off timetable and that we got to do things we wouldn’t do on an average school day.” Amber

“I liked how we did lots of creative things all day.” Delilah

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