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We're going to be starting a new topic on Christianity this half term, based on one key question about Christian beliefs; What does ‘love your neighbour’ really mean?  

 

One way Jesus taught his followers the message of loving your neighbour is with parables. A parable is a story with a message, in the Bible Jesus uses settings and situations that his followers would be familiar with so they were easy to understand. Jesus was not the first person to tell stories like this, however - fables with a moral had already existed for many years, like Aesop's fables. They weren't written down for centuries and instead passed on by word of mouth.

 

Select one of Aesop's fables to listen to from this list:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks1--ks2-aesops-fables-index/z73s6v4

 

What is its moral? Why do think the story has been remembered and passed down? Why do you think these stories were often told to children?

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