10th November 2023
Pupils at St. Paul’s CofE Primary School in Nuneaton have been shining like stars in October, as they celebrated Black History Month. Early Years enjoyed listening to Stevie Wonder and learning how courageous he has been throughout his life. Key Stage 1 explored the work of El Anatsui, a Ghanaian artist and sculptor. They created their own sculptures in his style. Pupils in Key Stage 2 learnt about Floella Benjamin’s life through her book ‘Coming to England’. The children are excited to use their new knowledge of Floella to write letters from her perspective – thinking critically and carefully about how she was feeling during her move from Trinidad to England. They were also inspired by Kara Walker’s silhouette work and made their own designs. In Upper Key Stage 2, the pupils focused on the Civil Rights movement. They studied inspirational figures and leaders such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. They also learned when the slave trade began, why it continued for hundreds of years and also how and when it came to an end in Britain. Pupils created Windrush paintings, inspired by Norman Lewis. The month culminated in a special service at St. Paul’s Church, led by Rev Mate Massey and the Collective Worship Leaders. We remember that God loves us all equally and fairly.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
2024 New RE Agreed Syllabus
Coventry and Warwickshire SACRE are looking for some schools to trial some units from the new syllabus. You would not need to do the entire unit, just some lessons and produce some pupil work, pupil voice on their learning and teacher feedback/evaluation. If you are interested, please email Jen Jenkins and say which phase of education you are happy to trial: EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2, Upper KS2, KS3.
Discovering Muslims in Britain – Free RE Resource
Move beyond stereotypes and explore diversity when teaching about Islam and Muslims. The ‘Discovering Muslims’ resource, created by a team at Cardiff University, is designed for Key stage 3 but Primary teachers and GCSE teachers will find a wealth of information and ideas, so don’t overlook this resource. Find out more on the RE Online website here.
Strictly RE Conference – Last Chance for the Early Bird Offer
Join over 400 like-minded RE professionals and experts at the UK’s biggest Religious Education online conference. Held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January 2024 there will be something for everyone, including inspirational Seminars led by RE experts, focusing on “Building a Subject for the Future”. With over 21 primary and secondary seminars to choose from, post-event recordings, downloadable resources, and fantastic exhibitors, plus so much more this is a must-attend event! Save £15 if you book before 31st October. For more information and to book go to the NATRE website here.
The Schools and Academies Show – NEC – 22 November
The Schools and Academies Show is at the NEC in Birmingham on 22nd November and tickets are free. For more information about keynote speakers, topics, exhibitors and to register go to the website: https://www.schoolsandacademiesshow.co.uk/
Anti-Bullying Week Resources – 13 – 17 November
This year’s theme is ‘Make A Noise About Bullying’ and will take place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November. The week will be kicked off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November, where adults and children wear odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique. Find more details on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website
More resources for primary and secondary can be found here:
World Kindness Day – 13 November – Free Resources
- Free resource pack, ideas and online assembly from 52 Lives – School of Kindness.
- Ten practical ideas for celebrating Kindness Day in school from Worth-It Education
- Ideas for schools from Kindness UK
- Kindness and wellbeing teaching resources from the British Red Cross
- General school resources from the Be Kind Movement
- Seven days of kindness calendar from Mentally Healthy Schools
- Lots of nice home and classroom resources (US based) from Random Acts of Kindness
We pray you have a restful and restorative half term break. Next Headlines will be on 10 November