Resources

Exploring Why Series


     Bread - Story Books & Active Learning Series                       Veil - Story Books & Active Learning Series
                       Bread (Christianity)                                                                 Veil (Islam)



                                               Menorah - Story Books & Active Learning
                                                               Menorah (Judaism)


This curriculum development project is a Welsh Government commissioned resource, which is created and managed by the St Mary’s Centre, working with the St Giles’ Centre, Wrexham. All the resources are available in both Welsh and English and were published in October 2016.

FREE DOWNLOADS ARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEB PAGE. The B5 paperback versions of the storybooks are available from the Welsh Books Council.

There are seven storybook titles in the series:

  • Cross (Christianity)
  • Bread (Christianity)
  • Veil (Islam)
  • Water (Islam)
  • Menorah (Judaism)
  • Light (Judaism)
  • Symbols of Faith (brings the three religions together in a celebration of faiths)

Each storybook is available in four different formats, which can be used flexibly according to individual contexts. The four storybook formats comprise:

  • short text version
  • long text version
  • key question version
  • pictures only version

The short text version is the only one available as a hard copy, while the others are all available electronically alongside the teachers’ and pupils’ information / activities.

The teachers’ and pupils’ information and activities follow the same pattern for each storybook title. For each double page of the storybook, there is:

  • a page of ideas for activities for seven areas of learning for the Foundation Phase;
  • a pupil activity sheet/s to support one of these activity ideas;
  • a symbol link which takes you to further ideas for developing specific RE connections.
In total, for each storybook title there are 140 ideas for activities and 10 pupil activity sheets.
 
This material is deliberately non-prescriptive and inherently flexible, recognising the nature of the Foundation Phase classroom today and also the importance of stimulating and supporting teacher creativity and individuality.

Free resources to support the Exploring Why series                                                             

                                                                                    
                                                   
Bread Short Story Book Cover      Bread                             
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners


Cross Story Book Cover      Cross                             
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners


Light Story Book Cover      Light                             
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners


Menorah Story Book Cover      Menorah                             
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners


Symbols of Faith Story Book Cover     Symbols of Faith                             
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners


Veil Story Book Cover     Veil                             
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners


Water Story Book Cover    Water                         
     Short Story
     Extended Story
     Key Questions
     Pictures
     Resource activities for teachers and learners