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School Resources

A wide variety of resources suitable for school assemblies, religious observance, behaviour support and classroom-based work.

Primary School Transition Video Making Project

Primary School Transition Video Making Project This was a project I led recently with a group of Primary children ahead of their transition to high school. Pupils needing a little extra support ahead of the move were identified by staff at their primaries, and...

Teaching Leadership (School Session)

A classroom based session exploring the theme of leadership unpacking the Old Testament stories of David and Samuel, while touching on some modern day examples of young people making a difference around the world. Led this recently with 2 classes of 10-11 year olds. #Bible #OldTestament #Jesus #Leadership #Changemakers

Teaching Parables

Some ideas and activities to introduce school pupils to Jesus’ parables. Would work well with church groups too.

A Christmas Reflection

Hidden within the Christmas story is I believe, an example of how best to live our lives. It’s a story about caring for others, celebrating diversity, and understanding our shared humanity. The nativity account brings together a cast of characters from every part of...

Still Game: Community and Compassion

Assembly – Community and Compassion Like many people I was excited to hear that Still Game will be returning to our TV screens for another new series. The last series of the Craiglang Comedy drew record viewing figures of around 3.2million across the UK. Many have...

Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Time for Reflection – Why do we suffer? During our first Time for Reflection at the high school we gathered responses from pupils about questions they might ask God if they had the opportunity. The question of suffering came up time and time again. Why do we suffer?...

Assembly: How not to be compassionate

I'm aware that sometimes teachers/chaplains/youth workers stand up in front of young people and tell them all the things they should be doing. Today's assembly was on compassion so I took the opportunity to be honest about how difficult doing the right thing can...

Anger Management Guide

I stumbled on this Anger Management guide from Moodjuice - it could be adapted to use with a group of young people or used in mentoring work.  I've found the worksheets and sections on patterns of thinking particularly helpful in exploring with young people. Anger...

Assembly: Life is by Mother Teresa

This is a short video reflection that we used for a recent high school assembly based on a poem by Mother Teresa called'Life is'. Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our...

Story: The Taxi Driver and Old Lady

The story of the Taxi Driver and the Old Lady can be used in a number of different settings. I've used it within worship but I can see it working well as part of a school assembly. There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It...

Assembly: Compassion

Introductory Reflection Compassion - Click for Powerpoint Slides. Show these when the pupils begin to gather before the assembly. Video: Connor's Story   Some thoughts To be compassionate we start with what we have to give where we are - in the video the wrestlers...

Links and Resources for Schools Work

Below is a list of links and resources that you might find helpful if you're engaged in schools work. Serve Your Local School - www.syls.org.uk It has lots of ideas and links to assembly resources S.U Schools Live - https://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/49490.id Geared...

Assembly: Perseverance

Perseverance is the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. Marie Curie said, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that...

Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

We are in a unique position after the events of Remembrance. What filled our screens and facebook feeds over the past few days has quickly been replaced with the Christmas adverts for the major stores and shops. We've taken off our poppies and already we begin to look...

Assembly: Can you get a straw through a potato?

Can you get a straw through a potato? This is a really simple but effective visual experiment that could form the basis of a good assembly looking at the important of being positive.   Ask for some volunteers and give them the challenge with the question “Is it...

Aspiration Assembly/Reflection

The past couple of weeks has seen the start of the 10th series of The Apprentice. This year 20 candidates compete to win the opportunity to be Lord Sugar’s business partner. It always makes for compelling tv viewing not just for the business tasks but for the...

Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script Every year at the beginning of November, people begin to wear poppies. We all know that it’s something to do with remembering people who have died in wars, but sometimes it can feel that it doesn't have much to do with us personally....

The Story of the Teacher

A teacher stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, without saying anything he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with some table tennis balls balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They...

School Mentoring Resources

Over the past few years I've supported a number of young people at our local high school. In my work I've drawn heavily on the following mentoring resources which provide a good number of challenges, activities, quizzes and exercises. Each booklet is designed to allow...

Lipstick Assembly

This story from Rob Bell's book Sex God formed the basis of a Remembrance assembly last year at the high school I am chaplain to. It's a story about how a consignment of lipstick brought dignity back to prisoners the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. ********* In 1945...

Getting to know you game

Getting to know you Game This is a good introductory game that I've used with my school behaviour groups in the opening weeks. I've also used it with various youth groups as a good way for everyone to get to know each other. I also turn it into a game to see who can...

The Raft Communication Session

The Raft Session This session is used to facilitate communication, to increase team-building skills and to bring out to the forefront people’s attitudes and values Give one worksheet to each participant and get them to read the instructions. They have to decide who...

Diversity: A City Has Many Faces

DISCUSSION POINTS Ask a series of questions that will help young people look at the faces on the poster. (The poster can be adapted to suit your town or city) Why do you think these faces were chosen? Can all the differences be seen? Can you tell if a person is...

Anti-Bullying Session

Anti-Bullying Why do people bully? An anti-bullying session plan for use with school pupils or youth groups looking at effective ways of responding to bullying. On two separate sheets of flipchart paper draw an outline of a person. Label one ‘Victim’ and the other...

School Resource – Faith and Spirituality

I came across this resource to encourage young people to critically think about issues of faith and give them an opportunity to share what they believe. Ideal for use in schools but can also be used within church youth groups too. Questionnaires Faith Questionnaire...

Faces of Jesus

Reflection - Faces of Jesus I often wonder what Jesus actually looked like. Not surprisingly in the West we are used to seeing a Jesus that closely resembles the way we do. It’s not just his appearance but his personality and characteristics are often shaped by the...

Discrimation, Primary School, Session Plan

This is a Citizen’s Theatre session plan that can be used with upper primary school children to introduce theme of discrimination. Warm Up Game Clap Heads This is a focusing exercise that requires the participants to listen and be aware. You are encouraging the group...

Learning Styles

Each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Learning styles group common ways that people learn. If you find the website helpful and would like to donate, thank you! You can do so, easily, through...

The Square Game

A simple exercise for 3 or more students that highlights cooperation, listening and other group skills. It’s often used as an exercise for a small group of students as a way of helping them think about the importance of cooperation in a group setting. For example, a...

A Chocolate Nativity

This is a script for a Chocolate Nativity - to add a fun element to it you can hand out the bars of chocolate as you go along. A long time ago, God made the Galaxy - Beautiful,rich, wonderful And he filled it with people, people he loved, people like you and me,...

Labels

Show a group of kids logos like these and they will instantly recognise the brands and the products or services they offer. By their image we instantly recognise the brand. Almost instantly we can tell whether something is going to be good or not. Labels matter. Every...

Easter Session: Art and Different Perspectives

Examine the following pieces of art and discuss the questions Avril Paton – Windows in the West Questions What’s the first thing you notice? Where and when is the scene set? Is it a realistic scene? From whose perspective are you looking? What might the people looking...

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