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.

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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

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Twilight training session, the Christmas story

Why not join us on Thursday 9th November for our twilight CPD session exploring the Christmas Story and it’s characters. How can you help the children in your classes explore it? What can they learn from it? How can you make it more than just the Christmas play we do every year?

The session will be active, hands on and hopefully fun. You should leave with lots of ready to use ideas.

This training is ideal for all Primary school teachers and chaplains or schools workers.

Thursday 9th November, 4-5pm (doors open at 3.30pm), Oldmachar Church, Bridge of Don.

Please register by emailing administrator@stcolumbaschurch.org.uk

You can download the poster (and share it with your friends!) here

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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!

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?