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40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces is a series brought to you by The Stapleford Centre. We know that the AT2 requirements in RE, while being important, can be a challenge for teachers. Reflective Spaces thus aims to support you with some fresh ideas and the means and resources to easily integrate those ideas into your teaching of RE. It is our hope this will encourage your pupils to participate, respond, reflect and take action on what they learn.

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Catherine Coster

Catherine Coster Rev. Catherine Coster is a self supporting minister in a parish in the Bristol Diocese. She was formerly a primary school teacher and a Diocesan and LEA Schools Adviser. She has been involved in the writing of four RE syllabuses and in training teachers in RE, collective worship and the spiritual development of children. She has worked with other Diocesan advisers on a number of publications e.g “Values For Life” and “Pause for Reflection” and was part of a group that produced “Excellence and Distinctiveness in RE” and “Christian Values for Schools” for the National Society.

Janet Lunt

Janet Lunt Janet Lunt trained in music and is a freelance musician and artist. Work has included typesetting music for publication, teaching piano and being Music Coordinator and composer in a Bristol Church. She has led creative music sessions and composed for a large drama project with teenagers in the diocese, as well as for primary school-leavers as part of the Cathedral’s education team. She leads occasional quiet days and music workshops for local church groups.

Inspired by ‘fresh expressions’ of worship, Janet developed several multi-sensory prayer trails for her local church, which have been welcomed in other venues including Bristol cathedral. This has led into the development of reflective prayer spaces and prayer trails for children.

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02 - A place in your heart - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

Explore topics of transformation through love and the need of each of us for love and companionship.

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40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

Tired of thinking of new ways of achieving your AT2 in RE? Want some fresh ideas to enable your pupils to learn from, and not just about, RE?

Presenting 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces.

Written by Catherine Coster and Janet Lunt, 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces does what it says on the tin: it provides you with everything you need to encourage your pupils to participate, respond, reflect and take action on what they learn. Suitable for both primary and secondary RE, age 4-14.

Each Idea contains detailed suggestions for set-up; pupil activities; illustrations and large-font words that can be printed out and provided to pupils and help with how to introduce the activity to pupils; a picture of suggested reflective corner set-up.

Further, each Idea encourages pupils to take action, think about what a situation means to them, what difference it makes to their lives and what difference they could make in the given situation.

"Thank you to you all at Stapleford for making these excellent downloads available – our R.E. subject leaders will be thrilled."

Heather Henderson - Schools Officer, Diocesan Education Centre, Guildford

40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces are written to support the teaching of Christianity in RE. However, the Ideas are easily transferable to the teaching of other faiths or even, potentially, other subjects!

'40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces' that are currently available for free

37 - Come and join us

Monday, 1st August 2011

'Come and join us' - Encourages pupils to think about welcoming outsiders and deals with topics such as prejudice and stereotypes.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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37 - Come and join us - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

35 - Gifts

Monday, 18th July 2011

'Gifts' - Christians believe God gives gifts for the common good. Pupils explore special gifts they have, or would like to have.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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35 - Gifts - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

33 - Sharing

Monday, 27th June 2011

'Sharing' - Exploring how gifts can be shared for the good of all in friendships and communities.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-6)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 7)

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33 - Sharing - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

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38 - An olive branch

Monday, 1st August 2011

'An olive branch' - Explores the symbolism of 'offering an olive branch' and areas of reconciliation and peace.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-6)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 7)

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An olive branch

36 - A clean sweep

Monday, 25th July 2011

'A clean sweep' - Using the image of brushes that sweep clean, pupils explore forgiveness and reconciliation.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-12)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 13)

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A clean sweep

34 - Masks

Monday, 11th July 2011

'Masks' - Christians believe that each child is unique and loved by God. Pupils explore what makes them unique.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-5)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 6)

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Masks

32 - Dreaming

Monday, 20th June 2011

'Dreaming' - Pupils consider their dreams and aspirations and Bible characters who experienced God in their dreams.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-7)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 8)

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Dreaming

31 - Count your blessings

Wednesday, 15th June 2011

'Count your blessings' - Christians direct their thankfulness towards God, who gives and sustains life. Here pupils are encouraged to think positively about events in their lives.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-8)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 9)

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31 - Count your blessings - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

30 - Easter hope

Monday, 6th June 2011

'Easter hope' - By focusing on the story of Jesus' resurrection pupils are encouraged to draw hope from Jesus for dealing with difficult situations.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-6)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 7)

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Easter hope

29 - Small things make a big difference

Tuesday, 31st May 2011

'Small things make a big difference' - Pupils reflect on how small actions can make a difference.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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29 - Small things make a big difference - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

28 - Memories

Monday, 23rd May 2011

'Memories' - Pupils record their memories and are reminded how Jesus told his followers to remember him through the bread and wine.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-5)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 6)

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Memories

27 - Angel song

Monday, 16th May 2011

'Angel song' - Pupils explore the biblical idea of angels singing praises to God.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-6)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 7)

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27 - Angel song - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

26 - God is love

Monday, 9th May 2011

'God is love' - Using Rubleu's icon of the Trinity pupils explore God as love and how to include those they love in the circle of God's love.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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God is love

25 - Trees of life - Winter

Monday, 3rd May 2011

'Trees of life - Winter' - Sleep and rest are important for the body to regenerate and grow. Pupils reflect on invisible daily growth.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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25 - Trees of life - Winter - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

24 - The greatest gifts

Monday, 11th April 2011

'The greatest gifts' - Encourages pupils to reflect on the nature of giving, the meaning of gifts, and the greates gift of all.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 3)

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The greatest gifts

23 - Good news

Monday, 4th April 2011

'Good news' - Pupils explore different ways in which good news is communicated today, and how the good news (gospel) of Jesus has been communicated.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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23 - Good news - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

22 - Sweet as honey

Monday, 28th March 2011

'Sweet as honey' - Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.' How can pupils put this into practice?

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-9)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 10)

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Sweet as honey

21 - Advent - A message of hope

Monday, 21st March 2011

'Advent - A message of hope' - Hebrew scriptures contain words of hope. Pupils express their hopes for the world.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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21 - Advent - A message of hope - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

20 - A burning bush

Monday, 14th March 2011

'A burning bush' - Pupils experience being still and quiet as Moses was before the burning bush.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (page 2)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 3)

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A burning bush

19 - A star to follow

Monday, 7th March 2011

'A star to follow' - The wise men pursued the star to Bethlehem and Jesus through many struggles. Pupils consider what they are prepared to struggle to achieve.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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19 - A star to follow - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

18 - Blossoming

Monday, 28th February 2011

'Blossoming' - Pupils encourage each other and offer support so they can reach their full potential.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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Blossoming

17 - Holding Together

Monday, 14th February 2011

'Holding Together' - Considering the fruits of the spirit as ways in which communities are joined and held together.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-8)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 9)

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17 - Holding Together - 40 Creative Ideas for Reflective Spaces

16 - St. Francis - Caring for God's Creatures

Monday, 7th February 2011

'St. Francis - Caring for God's Creatures' - St Francis is known for his care and compassion for all living things. Pupils record birds they have seen.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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St. Francis - Caring for God's Creatures

15 - Marking time in Advent

Monday, 31st January 2011

'Marking time in Advent' - Pupils learn about Advent as a time of waiting, and recognise times when they have been waiting for something exciting to happen.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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14 - Why?

Monday, 24th January 2011

'Why?' - A simple corner designed to be used in times of crisis of tragedy, giving pupils a focus to bring their emotions and questions.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 5)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 6)

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Why?

13 - The Way of Wisdom

Monday, 17th January 2011

'The Way of Wisdom' - Encourages pupils to reflect on the meaning and relevance of 'wisdom'.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2-6)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 7)

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12 - Autumn trees

Tuesday, 11th January 2011

'Autumn trees' - Allows pupils to reflect on the Christian belief in God's provision for the miracle of growth and new life.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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Autumn trees

11 - Snowflakes

Wednesday, 5th January 2011

'Snowflakes' - Gives pupils an opportunity to reflect on Creator God's attention to detail by looking at the intricate design and beauty of individual snowflakes.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 3)

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10 - Together

Monday, 13th December 2010

'Together' - Together (as friends or a class) we can be strong and accomplish much more than we can alone.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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Together

09 - Wonderful

Monday, 6th December 2010

'Wonderful' - This reflective corner aims to stimulate pupils' curiosity, wonder and awe at aspects of the natural world.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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08 - Smelling good

Monday, 29th November 2010

'Smelling good' - Starting from the idea of Christ as perfume in the world, pupils explore how they can carry and spread the fragrance of kindness.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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Smelling good

07 - Roots

Monday, 22nd November 2010

'Roots' - Trees gain strength from their roots. Pupils explore what makes them strong and safe.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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06 - Message in a bottle

Monday, 15th November 2010

'Message in a bottle' - What is the essential message you would like to pass on to the whole world?

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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Message in a bottle

05 - You are my rock

Monday, 8th November 2010

'You are my rock' - The Bible has numerous references describing God as a rock.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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04 - The most precious

Monday, 1st November 2010

'The most precious' - Looks at the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price and helps pupils explore its significance to their lives.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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The most precious

03 - The best that we can be

Monday, 25th October 2010

'The best that we can be' - Explores the symbol of 'water' and its meaning to Christians.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 3)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 4)

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02 - A place in your heart

Monday, 18th October 2010

'A place in your heart' - Explore topics of transformation through love and the need of each of us for love and companionship. Encourage pupils to think about people they love, to pray for them and to think about what it feels like to be 'carried in someone's heart'.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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01 - A fresh start

Monday, 11th October 2010

'A fresh start' - Looks at the concept of forgiveness and how it enables one to make 'fresh starts' in life.

File includes:

  • Introduction and instruction page (page 1)
  • Printable pages to use with the pupils (pages 2 - 4)
  • Large photo of suggested 'Reflective Corner' (page 5)

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