Teaching Narnia

A cross-curricular classroom and assembly resource for RE teachers

Olivia Warburton

Currently out of print £6.99


Drawing on C.S. Lewis's classic series, Teaching Narnia provides a wealth of creative and interactive ideas for use in the classroom and in collective worship. The Narnia books are an important part of Christian and literary heritage in the UK, with teaching applications beyond RE and Literacy to PSHE and Citizenship and a number of other curriculum areas. They help children to explore and develop their worldview, tackling big questions such as: What is really real?, How do we see the world?, Who is in charge of the world?, Is God really good?, Does he exist at all?, What happens after death?, How do we know what is right and wrong? and What can we learn from history?

This resource includes:

  • background information about the author's life
  • 15 lesson plans for use in the classroom
  • a drama workshop
  • assemblies and follow-up ideas for Christmas and Easter
  • plot summaries of each book in the series

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Author info

Olivia Warburton commissions Primary RE resources for the Bible Reading Fellowship. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and has worked for a children's literacy charity


From the Church Times - 20 September 2013

The Narnia stories have not enjoyed a particularly good press in recent years. Openly accused of sexism and racial stereotyping by some, and rejected as clumsy evangelism by others, the stories remain stubbornly attractive to Key Stage 2 children (aged seven to 11), and remain on best-seller lists year after year.

Warburton addresses all this head-on: no doubt in 50 years' time critics will be debunking J. K. Rowling in a similar way. Lewis wrote his masterpiece in 1950, not 2013. The context, skilfully drawn out by the author, was the grinding deprivation and greyness of Britain in the immediate post-war years.

This is a wonderful resource in which the stories are allowed to speak for themselves. The lesson plans provide a stimulating trigger for the imagination, and for creativity, and all of it in a meaningful way. Lewis wrote the Narnia Chronicles as children's stories, not as evangelistic tracts. And in this volume their "ancient power" shows why they have stood the test of time.

The author is a Cambridge English Literature graduate. Teachers can use this volume in literacy and/or religious education with total confidence. I suspect Lewis would approve of that more than anything else.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857462565
  • Published: 21 June 2013
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
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