The lives of Irish saints, particularly Patrick and Brendan, and the Book of Kells, suggest lively lines of enquiry and opportunities for cross-curricular work.
An excellent source of ideas is the medium plan for RE produced by Lesley Pollard of Northamptonshire County Council Education and Community Learning. It draws on the lives of St Patrick and St Brendan to look at ‘People in Christianity’ with links to Drama, History, Literacy and Music.
The scheme takes advantage of the very evocative The Brendan Voyage, an orchestral suite for uilleann pipes composed by Shaun Davey.
At Key Stage 3 Lesley has devised another imaginative scheme of work
KS3) exploring Judaism and an Irish response to the Holocaust.
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Book of Kells
Decorative lettering: use or ornament?
This letter N begins the well-known sentence:
‘No man [Nemo] can serve two masters. He will either hate the one and love the other, or hold to the one and despise
Does the little picture of the two men struggling give a clue to the words of Jesus which need to be thought about?