Religious Studies KS2: The Holy Bible

Three young Christians give us three different perspectives on what the Bible means in their lives and how they read it.

They each talk about how it gives them guidance and they also show how they use different versions of the bible: childrens versions, adult versions, books and online versions.

They tell us about stories they enjoy and parts they find difficult to understand.

The Christian Bible is described: made up of 66 books, two ‘Testaments’ (39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament).

It’s been translated into over 500 languages and over 5 billion copies have been sold: the best selling non-fiction book ever.

For Christians, it is God’s word, full of guidance and wisdom, containing everything you need to know about salvation, about being right with God.

This clip is from the series My Life, My Religion: Christianity.

Teacher Notes

Show pupils some children’s versions of the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den – or read it with them from the book of Daniel.

Ask pupils to make a 6 or 8 frame for this narrative, using their literacy skills.

The point of the story seems to be about things like bravery, trust, wisdom and principle.

Discuss the possible meanings of the story. Ask pupils why they think it might be Nathan’s favourite story: can they suggest at least three reasons?

The discussion might include thinking about how the Bible gives Nathan ideas and guidance, and about how he chooses to live as a young Christian.

Curriculum Notes

This topic will be relevant to teaching Religious Education at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 2 or 3 in Scotland.

More from My Life, My Religion: Christianity

Holy Communion
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Christian Prayer
What is Christianity?
Christian Worship