All Year 6 children took part in REaction, a day to raise awareness of RE learning, at the Priory on Monday. The day, organised by the charity Label of Love in conjunction with the East Riding local authority, gave children the opportunity to learn more about Christianity and to explore ideas relating to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning in both religious and secular contexts.
The children took part in four workshops throughout the day: Reflection and learning about Pentecost and how Christians unite to support each other with Reverend Matthew Pollard; djembe drumming and thinking about hopes and visions with Kabe; drama and discussion of forgiveness with Daz and overcoming barriers to education (looking specifically at the Send My Friend to School charity and the problems faced by disabled learners) with Darius, Diana and Josh.
The children responded very well to these well-organised, accessible workshops and many children said how much they had enjoyed them. It was a real pleasure to see so many of them showing an interest in RE learning, brought to life in such historic and beautiful surroundings.
We were very proud that the children demonstrated excellent behaviour and responded respectfully to the teaching during the day; we are aware that many Burlington families are not practising Christians and some of the concepts discussed will have been new or unusual to the children; they showed maturity and deference in taking part in all the activities offered.