What is in the Bible? RE resources

The children will learn that the Bible consists of many books written by many authors over thousands of years and they all form one complete book.

1. Teacher’s background information.

Christians believe that this book has been inspired by God and reveals things about himself and us.
What can the Bible teach us nowadays?
The Bible is introduced more simply in KS1 see: 5. What is in the Bible?

2. Lesson plans and resources for What is in the Bible?

What is in the Bible? RE lesson plan – Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus.

3. Free songs about the Bible.

These songs can be used in R.E. lessons, assemblies, collective worship, church children’s talks, Sunday schools, etc.

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[1] ‘What is the Bible?’ By the Crossroads Kids Club.

Here is a very quick overview of what the Bible is.
The Bible is full of extraordinary true stories of God’s faithfulness.

[2] ‘How Do We Read the Bible?’ By the Crossroads Kids Club.

[3] ‘The Books of the Bible’ – a Fun way to learn the order of the 66 books by John Hardwick.

4. How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus for ‘What is in the Bible?’

Hopefully, you will be able to match your local agreed syllabus with what is here which satisfies eight councils:

These lesson plans are based on the Progression Documents of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. This is in the light blue text.
The green text is from other Councils: Lewisham Borough, West Sussex, Hull and East Riding.
Here are the main aims of the lesson plan:

  • Know that the Bible is a ‘library’ of books.
  • Know that it contains different ‘genres’ – and explore some examples of poetry e.g. (Psalm 23), proverbs, laws (e.g. the Ten Commandments), letters as well as stories.
  • Understand that the different books all teach something about God and His relationship with humankind.
  • Understand how the Biblical stories are written in a different, and ancient, genre yet can still be seen as conveying truths for today.
  • Explain how and why individuals and communities express their identity, beliefs and values in many different forms and ways of living.
  • How important is it for groups of people to have rules for how they behave?
  • Identify, discuss and respond to sources of wisdom found in religion.
  • Respond thoughtfully to the beliefs and teachings that arise from a range of sources of wisdom.
  • How those faith teachings influence communities and society today.

Key vocabulary: Advent, Baptism, Bible, Christ, Christmas, Church, Creation, Disciple, Easter, Faith, God, Gospel, Holy, Jesus, Lent, New Testament, Old Testament, Parables, Pentecost, Prayer, Priest, Prophet, Ten Commandments, Worship.