Bible in Literacy – Serving Our Schools

Have you heard about The Bible in Literacy? The Bible in Literacy Project which is headed up by Shirley Gowland provides primary school-aged children with a fun, fast-moving, interactive approach to R.E., Literacy and IT.  You can choose your focus whether Literacy, R.E, or ICT and it can be used across the age range and is easily adaptable for all abilities (including SEN Lower Key Stage 3 Groups).

The resource uses Game Boards, Text Cards & a CD-ROM all of which can be used independently.  And to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version which brought the Bible into the language of the people,  Bible in Literacy text cards are now available in the KJV.  It has been great fun to see children matching the KJV cards with the text from the modern Lion First Bible!

Bible Society have kindly supported and encouraged the venture with over 200 schools taking part so far. Shirley commented: ‘My passion was to really see young children being able to understand the Scriptures at their own level – rather than in an adult way.  Sadly, many children would never encounter the Bible without this scheme – but Bible in Literacy introduces them to the Scriptures in an appropriate way.’

In the London Borough of Newham churches sponsored nearly 50 packs for their local schools as part of a pilot scheme which was a huge success.  Shirley’s hope has been that churches buy packs for schools in their area. ‘This would forge good links between schools and churches and it would be a great blessing to schools as they would not have to spend all their budget for literacy or RE on one thing.’

Your church can serve your local school by giving a gift of a Bible in Literacy Lite Pack which costs £55 (inc. VAT and delivery).  These contain 5 Game Boards, 5 packs of Text Cards, Interactive CD-ROM and Teachers’ Notes.

To reserve a Bible in Literacy Pack for your school please email Shirley

      [email protected]

stating your school name, postcode & phone number. If you are a church wanting to ‘gift’ your school please give your church contact details.  For more details about the project please visit the website:




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