Easter ideas

Looking for resources to use at Easter? First of all check out our page which is full of Easter ideas Easter – The death and resurrection of Jesus

Then try:

  • For 2018, the Scottish Bible Society have created a free, downloadable PowerPoint presentation entitled A Tale of Two Gardens, to help you share the incredible story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Using beautiful images from our Bibleworld Books series, this resource includes ‘how to tell the story’ in the notes section.

Download ‘A Tale of Two Gardens’ here!

Found on the website here: https://scottishbiblesociety.org/2018/02/ages-together-easter/

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  •  Free Bible Images. For Easter (and lots lots more!)
    An enormous bank of copyright-free photos, drawings, maps etc. For R.O/Time for Reflection, RME etc: http://www.freebibleimages.org/
    @FreeBibleimages

 

Feeding 5000 for the first time!

I’m always a bit apprehensive when using resources for the first time. Will they work for the class? Will they hold everyone’s attention and what will the children learn?!

I appreciated the opportunity to work with the P4/5 class at Braehead exploring, for the first time, the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. And it went well! We’ve made a few tweaks to the resources and have updated the page with photos of our learning. Why not take a look – could you explore this story with your class next term?

Feeding 5000 resources

I think my highlights were the bread quiz,

our discussions on miracles

and the children’s ideas of how, like Jesus, they could set aside time to rest. So many ideas like baking, reading, walking and listening to music.

Respect

In all our classroom work we are encouraging the children to be respectful of other people’s beliefs. Reminding them that just within their class their will be a whole variety of beliefs and it’s good to listen, question and consider what others believe and always valuing others contributions.

Here is a lesson on respect you could use before exploring a Bible Story (or any lesson where there may be differences of opinion!)

Respect

Thank you to Heather Blair at Danestone Primary for producing this resource.

So much to think about

Many teachers comment on the deep thinking they see in the children as we explore the Bible Stories. They explore their own thoughts about faith and belief but they are also challenged to think about issues, emotions and values. Depending on the story these could be kindness, forgiveness, grief, caring for our world, the reasons for war  and so much more.

We’ve found it so valuable to allow them extra time specifically to reflect on their thinking and how it impacts their lives. Sometimes we’ve done this in class. Last month Danestone Primary, after the whole school had explored the story of the Good Samaritan, chose to run a prayer (or reflective) space. Hear about their experience here:

Danestone Prayer Space

For more information on prayer spaces or ideas for reflective spaces have a look at this website

http://www.prayerspacesinschools.com

73 sleeps until Christmas!

Christmas will be here before we know it! As you’re thinking about how to teach and explore the Nativity story you’ll be pleased to know we’ve updated our Christmas story resource page. The easy to plan and run sessions will help you make the most of the learning opportunities in the story.

You can find the resources here

And don’t forget we’ve a twilight training session on the Christmas Story, find out more here

Register http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-christmas-story-and-its-characters-registration-38583254553

Time to stop and think!

This term at Danestone Primary the children have been exploring the stories of The Good Samaritan and Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Through the stories they have learnt about the Christian practice of prayer and considered the importance of being kind to everyone.

This has all been brought together in a ‘prayer space’. A room in the school has been transformed. Different zones have allowed the children to reflect on their learning from these stories, thinking about how it affects them and the world around them.

The session starts with a brief reminder about what prayer is and why it is important to many people. The activities are explained and the children encouraged to spend time reflecting, thinking, hoping or praying. Whatever they wish to do. They are reminded to respect others around them and that is an individual activity, everyone needs to decide for themselves what they wish to do.

The Good Samaritan was kind, we got a chance to make a card for someone. Perhaps to thank them for being kind to us or just to brighten their day. We can be kind!

The Good Samaritan helped people. We thought about people who need help. Colouring them in and writing a prayer or a hope for them on the back.

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Sometimes we aren’t kind to people. This zone was a chance to think about things we have done wrong. We wrote or drew about them in the sand. And after we thought or prayed we wiped the sand flat again. Remembering Christians believe when they say sorry to God he forgives them and wipes away their wrong doing.

Sometimes others aren’t kind to us. We feel hurt or angry and can hold onto those feelings. As we held a pebble we thought about times we’d been hurt and if we were ready to forgive we dropped the pebble in the water.

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There were lots more zones but hopefully that has given you a taster!

The feedback from the children was fabulous. Lots of them expressing gratitude for time to think and reflect on their feelings and emotions and the world around them.

 

Christmas Story Training – Register here

We have an updated link to register for this event

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-christmas-story-and-its-characters-registration-38583254553

Don’t forget it’s on Thursday 9th November, 4-5pm at Oldmachar Church. We’re going to be looking at the Christmas Story and it’s characters. It would be great to see you there!

Download the poster here

Christmas advertising 2017