Loose parts

This is one of the easiest ways I’ve found of letting children explore a story. It can be done outside with natural objects or inside with a random collection of craft items. You simply ask the children to make a picture with them. It’s not a permanent picture, we don’t stick the objects down, instead they make a temporary collage on a piece of material (outside) or just on  their tables.

You can ask them to make a picture of their favourite part of a story. Or what they think is the most important part. You can make it into a game asking them to make objects or people from the story and they have to race against each other. It can be done individually or with partners or in groups. All these variations require different skills.

With classes who are able you can then give them whiteboards and ask them to write about their creation. Whatever you’re working on in literacy. They could, for example, retell that part of the story or list words which describe it.

I often take pictures of the creations, which I can then print and bring out the next week to help them retell the story or to describe it.

Some children find this really easy but others find it really hard. Working out how you can use oddly shaped parts for your creation is tricky. And when the wind (or your friend across the table!) blows your picture away you have to be resilient. Are you going to make it big or small? What will you do when your friend has a different idea from you? The designs and pictures can be so abstract that there’s no pressure to be ‘artistic’ and those who normally struggle in art can find this enjoyable.

Best of all, there’s no prep involved and you can easily focus the activity for the age of the class and your learning focus. Why not give it a go? Enjoy!

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First great question of the term..

…comes from a P2. What brilliant deep thinking! He had just heard and explored the story of Noah’s ark.

“If God (hated the naughty things but) loved people so much why did he flush them all away? Why did he not just send them away somewhere else (to punish them)?”

How would you answer? Was God too harsh? Do you think they’d already had a second chance? How many chances should people get? What might have happened if they’d just been sent away? Should the punishment change depending who the wrong is against?

 

 

Feeding the 5000

I’ve just uploaded some resources for our tenth story – Jesus feeds over 5000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and two fish. I’m looking forward to trying out these resources with some classes this term. I’ll let you know how it goes!

You can find the resources here

 

Enjoy a debate?

Why not look at our resources for exploring the story of the Ten Commandments with children at second level. Every time we’ve used them the questions and discussion have been fantastic. You can find them here It links really well to a context of war and conflict, or just to you setting your classroom rules. Why are rules important? You can extend the children’s thinking from their classroom to the world. Does how they live make a difference?

Planning your RME for this year?

Don’t forget we have lesson plans and the resources needed for them for each of our 10 Must Know Stories. Noah’s Ark and Creation are currently aimed at early years, Daniel and the Lions, David and Goliath and the Good Samaritan are aimed at first level, The Prodigal Son and the Ten Commandments are aimed at second level. But they are all easily adaptable! There are lots of suggestions for outdoor lessons – hopefully we’ll get some good weather and you could take your RME outside.

Why not have a look and choose one to do with your class for this term?

Why are there wasps?

If your children have lots of questions about their outdoor world why not look at the story of creation with them? It’s a great way of bringing RME into their context. Our creation resources are currently designed for early years and have lots of opportunities for outdoor learning. As they understand some basics of Christian belief, they’ll be able to explore their world and ask lots of wondering questions! You could focus on animals, or the sea, or birds. There are sessions on friendship and on looking after our world. Take a look here and be inspired by video and photos of other classes exploring this story,

Training

Look out for details of next years CPD sessions. They’ll be coming soon!

Rather than focus on one Bible Story the plan is we’ll focus on a level. So we’ll have one session looking at using Bible Stories with early years, one for first level and one for second level. There will still be lots of practical ideas to take away, and we’ll be looking at active learning, outdoor learning and cross curricular links! The hour will be jam packed!

Do get in touch if you have ideas about what you’d like to see our training sessions look like. We’re keen to make sure we’re meeting your needs.