Stories from World Religions : KS1 — KS4

Adaptable for all ages, this is a storytelling performance that can be tailored to include the religions and values that you need covered. This is a fun and engaging way for you to fulfil your SMSC educational requirements and promote the ‘British Values’ of ‘individual liberty,’ and ‘mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.

Number of children: Any number
Suitable for: KS1 – KS4
Time needed: 45 min — 1 hr
Space needed: Classroom or hall or theatre space
Equipment needed: 

Content: Storytellers rarely venture into the realm of religious stories, understanding that there are sensitivities involved and not wanting to tread on anyone’s toes. However, this means much remarkable content is left untouched. Delving into world religion’s rich narrative heritage, this storytelling performance weaves together tales from multiple traditions into an enchanting 45 mins that will inspire wonder in all who listen.

Available: Buddhist tales, Sufi morality stories, Stories from the Quran and Hadith, Bible stories, Jesus’ parables, Jewish folk morality tales, stories from the Jewish scriptures, tales of the Sikh gurus, Chinese wisdom stories, stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, the story of Krishna, Stories from the ancient pagan world, stories of saints and holy people, stories about holy women and female religious mystics, stories about atheist martyrs and the fight for religious freedom… and many more!

Intellectually challenging and enriching, this session provides students a chance to reflect upon a range of beliefs and values in the context of an entertaining performance. By placing various traditions and cultures side-by-side, both cultural differences and human commonalities are thrown into relief. This session promotes respect, empathy and religious freedom, values that are important in our diverse society.

A 1-hour session leaves time for carefully facilitated discussion.

What participants learn:

> To understand the place of religion and belief in our lives.
> Promotes the British Values of individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
> Pupils interest in enquiring further into religious history is stimulated.
> Engages pupils in moral questions.
> Gives pupils the opportunity to share their religious views and experiences in a safe space.
> To appreciate our rich and varied heritage of stories, beliefs, scriptures and philosophies.
> To empower pupils to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
> To help children see speaking and listening as an art.
> To appreciate different types of speech and their various uses.
> To enrich pupils understanding of religion.
> To intellectually challenge pupils with moral problems, philosophical points of view, and religious paradigms.