The Big Frieze Project
Artist Emma Yarlett was commissioned to create a wall frieze to illustrate seven of the eight core concepts that are explored throughout the Understanding Christianity materials. Effectively, Understanding Christianity presents a view of the ‘big story’ of the Bible, and the frieze is an artist’s response to this idea. The Big Frieze is designed to give teachers the opportunity to make pupils aware of the wider context of each concept, unit and text studied in the Understanding Christianity materials.
More about the Big Frieze project here
Each year group at Withycombe Raleigh Church of England Primary School have created an artistic response of their own for the core Christian beliefs.
These interpretations are displayed across the hall in order, demonstrating the ‘big story’ of the Bible.
Humans have a tendency to go their own way rather than keep their place in relation to their creator. Christians call this attitude sin, and Genesis 3 gives an account of this rebellion, popularly called ‘the Fall’. It describes a catastrophic separation between God and humans, between humans and each other, and between humans and the environment. The idea that humans are ‘fallen’ and in need of rescue (or salvation) sets out the root cause of many problems for humanity.
Artwork by children in Year 6.
Christians believe the universe and human life are God’s good creation.
Humans are made in the image of God.
Artwork by children in Foundation.
People of God
The Old Testament tells the story of God’s plan to reverse the impact of the Fall to save humanity. It involves choosing a people who will model a restored relationship with God, who will attract all other people back to God.
The Bible narrative includes the ups and downs of this plan, including the message of the prophets who tried to persuade people to stick with God.
The plan appears to end in failure with the people of God exiled, and then returning, awaiting a ‘messiah’ – a rescuer.
Artwork by children in Year 5.
Jesus’ death and resurrection effect the rescue (or salvation) of humans. Christians say Jesus opens the way back to God.
Through Jesus, sin is dealt with, forgiveness offered, and the relationship between God and humans is restored.
Kingdom of God
This does not mean that no one sins any more! The idea of the ‘Kingdom of God’ reflects God’s ideal for human life in the world – a vision of life lived in the way God intended for human beings. In anticipation of a future Heavenly Kingdom, Christians seek to live this attractive life, as in God’s Kingdom on earth, following Jesus’ example, inspired and empowered by God’s Spirit.
Christians believe Jesus’ incarnation is ‘good news’ for all people - ‘Gospel’ means ‘good news’.
His life, teaching and ministry embody what it is like to be one of the people of God, what it means to live in relationship with God. Jesus’ example and teaching emphasise loving one’s neighbour – particularly the weak and vulnerable – as part of loving God.
The New Testament presents Jesus as the answer: the Messiah and Saviour, who will repair the effects of sin and the Fall and offer a way for humans to be at one with God again.
For Christians, Incarnation means that Jesus is God in the flesh, and that, in Jesus, God came to live among humans.
Artwork by children in Year 1.
Artwork by children in Year 2.
Artwork by children in Year 3.
Artwork by children in Year 4.
Our Christian values
Collective worship focuses on our core Christian values. These values underpin all that we are about at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School and we would love to share some of what we are learning about with you.
If you would like to talk about this at home you can download our ‘home school values’ sheets. The sheets will include things to read together and talk about, a challenge, and some activities. We hope that you enjoy this and will be encouraged by just how much we have to be thankful for!
Mrs A Warren
Download our values sheets