Lesson Ideas Resources

Domesticated Jesus

May 21, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Brian McLaren's book 'Everything Must Change' is one we've read recently on team here in Luton. Just came across this video of Brian introducing us to the main message of his latest book.


exploRE

May 16, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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A new partnership between yfc and youth alpha have developed an excellent resource for RE lessons.
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World Fair Trade Day

May 09, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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World Fair Trade Day is an international celebration of Fair Trade internationally, with events organised worldwide. On and around the second Saturday of May every year, IFAT (International Fair Trade Association) member organisations based in 70 countries, along with Fair Trade shops and networks, host events including Fair Trade breakfasts, talks, music concerts, fashion shows and much more, to promote Fair Trade and campaign for justice in trade. Fair Trade products from marginalised communities in the majority world, including coffee and tea, clothes, jewellery and beautiful handicrafts will be showcased on this day. Many events continue throughout the month of May.

Send My Friend 08

May 06, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Send My Friend is a fantastic campaign which aims to highlight the plight of the 72 million children who are missing out on education around the world. The website has resources for schools and explains what the campaign is all about and how you can get involved.

Relationships Pyramid

April 18, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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In this month's Youthwork magazine, Sarah Byde - a schools worker from Leeds, suggests a great resource for getting discussions going with young people about relationships. Download the pyramid structure here and some cards to use with the resource.

Self image (from Creature Comforts)

April 12, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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This US video from Creature Comforts is a brilliant take on self image that would be a great element in a lesson or assembly. The comments are from a wide range of Americans and, although most are adults, it's got lots of interesting quotes that would fit into something for teenagers (and maybe even primary too?).

Children Talking

April 11, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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'Children Talking' is a web-based database of pupils' responses to key questions raised in RE, with a search facility and the option for pupils to add their own responses to the original questions. What that means is that you can get a list of quotes about a whole range of subjects from young people in the UK. And you can specify the age, gender and religion of the children or young people you want to hear from. Their comments could be really useful as part of an assembly or lesson.

Exploring the Cross

March 16, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Here's an activity you can use in RE with pupils aged 7-11 to help them think about the cross of Jesus and its meanings.

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Spiritual and Emotional Literacy

March 14, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Here you will find an overview of the SEL program we're currently running in schools in Luton.

We've developed a series of four lessons, two on emotions and two on spirituality that will help young people to explore spirituality and emotions. Lessons are for Year 7 pupils and we also have a curriculum for Year 8 and plan eventually to extend through all key stages. They are delivered through the English curriculum.

Shooting Jesus

February 29, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Looking for new resources to use in primary schools this Easter? Here's a brilliant new teaching resource produced by CMS and the disocese of London. Not only does it lay out some good practical ideas to communicate the Easter story, but also gives some great tips about going into a school, especially if this is something you're not used to doing.

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Forgiveness lesson

February 04, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Each month schoolswork.co.uk provide assembly and lesson resources in Youthwork magazine. In the February 2008 issue of Youthwork magazine, the schoolswork.co.uk resource page has a secondary lesson on forgiveness. Here's the game 'Can you forgive everything' that's part of that lesson.

Can through the hole

January 25, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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This is an illustration that works well as part of an assembly or even a group or club. You'll need a can of drink - Coke or whatever is your fancy - and a thick sheet of card, hardboard or plywood. Whatever you use, it needs to be solid enough to be pushed and pulled without breaking, so if you end up using card, get the thick mounting board from an art shop not cardboard. The sheet needs to be about 70cm square. To set up, you'll need to cut a perfect hole in the board exactly the same diameter as the can. This is the bit where patience and some useful tools come in handy. If it's card, then a sharp art knife may do the trick. For hardboard or plywood, it's a quick trip down to the local timber merchant to ask them if they'll do it for you. (It's more hassle but what you end up with will last a lot longer than card).

Worksheets and lesson resources for RE, Citizenship and PHSE

January 16, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
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Chalkface is a company producing (paid for) resources for teaching which include RE, Citizenship and PHSE. The units are generally quite expensive - around £25 - but for that you a get 60 pages of resources including lesson plans and worksheets. They can be downloaded as a pdf or bought as a spiral bound workbook.