Please note that the Open Centre will be closed during the Easter break - from 12th April to 29th April. If you need to contact us during this time, please do so via our email - contact@derbyop..
The Services We Offer
- Visits (Faith Trails) or Diversity Visits (Organisations)
- Special Events/Faith Days or Diversity Training (Organisations)
- Speakers for lessons, Talks, Debates or Assemblies
- Mobile Exhibition Hire and Online Resources
- Additional Resources to use in Schools
Faith Trail Information for Schools
We are very lucky in Derby to have a wide range of religions and beliefs in our local community and this is reflected in the Religious Education syllabus for local schools and organisations. Please see the links below for the latest Agreed Syllabuses;
As well as our Faith Trails relating to the Agreed Syllabuses, they also support in ‘Promoting British Values as a part of SMSC provisions’ in schools. From our discussions with different schools, this is something that Ofsted are often looking for and will often ask, how the school is supporting this initiative.
Religion and belief are controversial subjects and our visits are designed to help visiting groups to understand the beliefs of others. We are about breaking down barriers and encouraging tolerance and understanding. The Open Centre’s motto is ‘Promoting understanding through personal experience’ – and there is no better way to do this than to encourage visits to the different places of worship in our community.
Faith Trail Information for Schools and Organisations
Places of Worship
Our Faith Trails usually start at the Open Centre and can include:
- Mosque – Muslim place of worship
- Mandir – Hindu place of worship
- Gurdwara – Sikh place of worship
- Synagogue – Jewish place of worship (Nottingham)
- Church (Baptist church)
Each Place of Worship is a short walk away from the Open Centre. Each talk/visit usually lasts about 45 minutes, with plenty of opportunities to explore and ask questions on a range of topics. Most of these visits take place in the morning so we do not disrupt prayer schedules at the Places of Worship. If you would like an afternoon visit, please contact us to discuss the possibilities (Church and Sikh Gurdwara). All visits are led by Open Centre staff, who are DBS checked and trained, many of whom are also from a particular faith community. However as our services are often in high demand, we cannot always guarantee a person from a particular faith community for each specific Places of Worship but we do have a range of staff members, who are experienced and knowledgeable enough to lead visits to a variety of Places of Worship. See our staff page for more details.
Please note that occasionally unexpected events can occur during visits to places of worship, which are out of our control such as funerals, religious festivals or events. If this happens we will do our best to fulfil the criteria required back at the Open Centre premises.
|• Asian Marriage workshop and Mehndi Patterns
(Hindu, Sikh and Muslim)
• Asian Cookery
• Asian Food tasting
• Block Printing Bunting
• Faith Badge Making
• Jewish Story Telling
• Arabic, Urdu or Hebrew Calligraphy
• Passover Workshop
• Jewish Music
|• Hindu Clay Divas
• Hebrew Scroll Making
• Jewish Marriage
• Jewish Cookery
(Suitable for KS1 only)
• Jewish Food tasting
• Black History
• African Craft Workshop
• Interactive Discussion about Jewish Faith
(Upper Key Stage 2+)
Special Events and Faith Days
We can create tailored events for your school/organisation based on a theme or a specific criteria. Please contact us so we can discuss these arrangements with you.
We can provide DBS-checked speakers on a wide variety of topics for lessons, talks, debates or panel sessions. For example:
- The Islamic faith
- The Baha’i faith
Each faith talk will consist of an expert guest speaker, who will have an in depth knowledge of that faith. Discussions can be tailored to a particular topic or aspect of that faith to meet the audiences requirements.
Talks will usually last an hour which will include a section for question and answers. Some topics may include artefacts for the audience to look at more closely.
If you are a school and would like this as an act of collective worship/assembly – please notify our staff so we can add in a opportunity for reflection at the end.
The ‘Our Heritage’ teaching resources are a vibrant series of cross-curriculum resources for all Key Stages designed to engage students with notions of ‘British values’ through case studies exploring faith, culture and the legacy of multiculturalism from the perspective of five families.
Made of up of 6 separate panels and incorporating a 23 inch touch screen monitor, the exhibition allows teachers and students alike to explore Derby’s multicultural heritage through a series of films, stories and images.
With over an hour of exclusive footage, the exhibition includes documentaries on the 5 featured families, and 12 archival news reports of multicultural Derbyshire in the 1970s and 1980s. The resource is suitable for all Key Stages and a variety of subjects, and helps to evidence the teaching of ‘British Values’ within your institution.
Hiring the ‘Our Heritage’ mobile exhibition for your school couldn’t be easier. The panels can be assembled individually or as a set, meaning the exhibition can be split across two classrooms, or alternatively set up in a hall or reception area for use in assemblies and group learning. Our staff will be on hand to deliver and install the exhibition on your chosen date to ensure that all goes smoothly with your hire and set up.
Purchasing an ‘Our Heritage’ online resources subscription will provide your school with online access to five documentaries featuring families from the Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish faiths discussing their heritage, in their own words. Also included are 12 unique news clips depicting the history of multiculturalism across Derbyshire, featuring stories as diverse as the ‘School Uniform’ pupil strikes in 1985, Sikh unrest in Normanton following the storming of Golden Temple, and West Indian immigrants choosing to return to their country of birth in the early 1980s. Downloadable worksheets are also included to help turn the five family films into discrete lessons and discussion.
We also have a variety of carefully differentiated Activity Sheets based on our Faith Trails, that can help extend the children’s learning back in the classroom. These are currently only available as part of a Faith Trail visit and prices start from as little as £2.50. All activity sheets are related to the New Agreed Syllabuses and are factually accurate for each religion (Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism).
Here as a list of the Activities available:
- Early Years
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Years 3 and Years 4
- Years 5 and Years 6
- Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
All are available with a teacher resource sheet. Please email our office on firstname.lastname@example.org to add these to your visit.