What difference does the teaching ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ make to Christian life, individually, locally and globally?
Download ‘Love your neighbour’ unit here Unit 1 Love your neighbour
When delivered as a whole, the RE with Soul learning journey within the Primary units follows the sequence of the elements within ‘Understanding Christianity: ‘Text, Impact, Connections’.
Understanding Christianity links
- Overview of Love your Neighbour activities linked to Understanding Christianity units see table below.
- Click here to download a more detailed reference document which sets out the activities within each of the RE with Soul Primary units and their specific links with Understanding Christianity units and activities.
N.B All RE with Soul activities are designed to be adapted for use with any Diocesan Companion Link, to support schools in engaging with Global RE and Citizenship linked to Understanding Christianity and SIAMS and Global Neighbours
Unit 1 Love your Neighbour content overview
Entry Point: Activity 1 Who is my neighbour? The entry point explores the concept of ‘neighbour’, who our neighbours are and identifies well known people who show love to their neighbours in different situations?
Activity 2 What motivates a Christian to love others? Pupils explore selected Biblical text relating to Jesus’s teaching ‘to love God and to love your neighbour as yourself’ for example ‘The Good Samaritan’.
Activity 3 interpreting commandments loving your neighbour Pupils consider the impact of Jesus’s commandment on Christian believers and non-believers, locally and globally.
Activity 4 Making choices to love Pupils recognise how ‘loving your neighbour as yourself’ is a key concept in Christianity that unites and motivates believers in following the example of Jesus, in serving others in the local community and overseas through mission and charity work.
Activity 5 Loving your overseas neighbours Pupils investigate different Christian Charities and find out about Diocesan Companion links, for example here the Diocese of London’s Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA).
Activity 6 Learning from our overseas neighbours Pupils in schools within the Diocese of London are able to engage in ‘live relationships’ through the ALMA Companion Link with Christian believers in their local church communities and communities in Mozambique, and to consider how these demonstrate aspects of ‘Loving your neighbour as yourself’.
Activity 7 Helping our church love our our overseas neighbours and Activity 8 RE with Soul Love your Neighbour theme days – extended creative reflection
RE with Soul recommends a jointly planned and delivered RE with Soul theme day in partnership with the local church. This gives pupils, staff, parents, church members opportunities to work together on projects arising from the existing Companion Link relationships between local churches and their linked overseas communities. For example, a ‘virtues in action’ focus enables pupils to consolidate their understanding of theological concepts, how beliefs inspiring action and to apply their learning through creating a ‘gift’ for their overseas neighbour on the theme of water of life and baptism. These kinds of opportunities can be initiated by the school liaising with the local church, their Companion Link or other overseas community partnerships.
Sample RE with Soul theme day: For example Year 5 pupils at Blair Peach Primary School, Southall worked with a professional artist, teachers, parents and church members to design a series of eight, five metre long banners on the ‘gifts of the spirit’, for the church in Lichinga, Mozambique. Click here to see the creative learning process and outcomes of these project delivered as an RE with Soul ‘Love your Neighbour’ theme day.
To read more about Blair Peach’s inspiring RE with Soul collaborative project with their local church to design the gifts of the spirit banners for the ALMA linked church in Lichinga, Mozambique, as part of their RE with Soul learning process, click here…
Overview of linked Understanding Christianity units to Love your Neighbour activities
|GOSPEL||Key Stage 1||Unit 1.4||What is the Good news Jesus brings?||Love your Neighbour activities 4 and 5|
|GOSPEL||Lower Key Stage 2||Unit 2A.4||What kind of world did Jesus want?||Love your Neighbour activities 1,2,3,5,7 and 8|
|KINGDOM OF GOD||Lower Key Stage 2||Unit 2A.6||When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?||Love your Neighbour activities 6,7 and 8|
|KINGDOM OF GOD||Upper Key Stage 2||Unit 2B.8||What kind of king is Jesus?||Love your Neighbour activities 2,3,4 and 5|
|PEOPLE OF GOD||Upper Key Stage 2||Unit 2B.3||How can following God bring freedom and justice?||Love your Neighbour activities 4,5,6,7 and 8|
|GOSPEL||Upper Key Stage 2||Unit 2B.5||What would Jesus do?||Love your Neighbour activities 5 and 7|
- Download ‘Love your neighbour’ unit here Unit 1 Love your neighbour
- Global Neighbours Accreditation scheme. RE with Soul learning activities and theme days effectively support schools in meeting criteria for the Christian Aid ‘Global Neighbours Accreditation Scheme’.
- ALMA photographs
- Download a PDF RE-with-Soul-Love-your-Neighbour-Theme-Day-Outline-.pdf