Catholic primary schools – could you pilot a new RE scheme?

Would your Catholic primary school be interested in piloting a new RE scheme of work from the creators of an award-winning digital game?

Guardians of Ancora, from Scripture Union, is a free world-class digital game for mobile devices – an amazing virtual world that 8- to 11 year-olds can enter, and a place where the Bible stories come alive. The app is more than a game, though, with many educational features, space for reflective thinking and opportunities for engagement with the Bible text.

In August 2016, a report commissioned by Scripture Union from Ethos Education, assessed the challenges and opportunities for the use of Guardians of Ancora within
the primary school curriculum in England. It recommended the creation of school resources that meet teachers’ needs by making the most of opportunities afforded in the current primary school curriculum.

Subsequently, a sample scheme of work was commissioned with the aim of running a pilot of this material in primary schools in England during the Autumn term, 2017, and Scripture Union is very keen for Catholic schools to be part of the pilot scheme.

The scheme of work:

The four lessons and extension activities utilise the educational computer game Guardians of Ancora to explore the concepts of faith, identity and change, as illustrated in the biblical story of Jesus and the Fishermen (Luke 5:1-11).

  • They are provided in two pairs of lessons, each of which complete a Cycle of EnquiryCommunicate, Apply, Enquire, Contextualise, Evaluate. The extension activities, available at the end of each pair of lessons, offer opportunities to explore the subject further, take quizzes and play games.
  • The four lessons and extension activities could be spread over several days as a scheme of work, or could provide enough content for a whole RE day (a ‘Guardians of Ancora Day’).
  • The sequence of four lessons is suitable for Lower Key Stage 2 pupils (years 3 and 4), and the rising conceptual complexity through the four lessons provides opportunities for scaffolding the development and securing of learning about key biblical texts, and core concepts of Christianity. In addition, the first two lessons are suitable for use stand-alone for Upper Key Stage 1 pupils (year 2).
  • Elements of each lesson are also available in a Library of Content for use with Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils, in a range of pedagogical frameworks.

Participating teachers will receive the resources digitally, run the lessons and then be asked to submit an evaluation, using an online questionnaire.

If you would like to be part of the pilot scheme, or have further questions, please contact Maggie Barfield, project manager for curriculum resources, who will take you step-by-step through the process.

07950 217 436

Thank you!

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PS – We’ve just heard that Guardians of Ancora won the App of the Year category at the 2017 Premier Digital Awards. Congratulations to Maggie and the team!

Clare Lewis