Resource Toolkit

Forgiveness lesson

February 04, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

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

Bullying assembly

February 01, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

Each month provide assembly and lesson resources in Youthwork magazine. In the March 2008 issue of Youthwork magazine, the resource page has a secondary assembly on bullying. Here's the set of slides that accompany the assembly.

Jackson Pollock painting generator

January 28, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

Although this site is fun, there may be a serious use for schools workers too. If you use art to help young people express what they feel about something - like self worth, self harm or family - this could be a useful tool as one way to get them started. Although the paintings created are very much of one type, with a bit of practice you can shape what they look like quite a bit.

Can through the hole

January 25, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

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).

Pancake Facts

January 23, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

To tie in with the beginning of Lent and Shrove Tuesday, here are some pancake facts for assemblies:

    The first recipe for a pancake appeared in an English cookbook back in the fifteenth century.

    The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445.

    'Shrove' originally comes from the archaic English verb 'to shrive' which means to absolve people of their sins. It was common in the Middle Ages for 'shriveners' (priests) to hear people's confessions at this time, to prepare them for Lent, as priests do today.

    The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time in the UK is 349 tosses in 2 minutes (Dean Gould at Felixstowe, Suffolk, 14 January 1995).

    The Lemon Challenge

    January 20, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

    This exercise would work well in a lesson as an introduction to the subject of prejudice or simply the concept of similarities and differences. First give one lemon to each child. Then ask the children to "get to know your lemon." Children will examine their lemons: smell them, touch them, throw them in the air, and roll them around. After a few minutes, collect the lemons in a big basket, and ask the children to find their lemons in the pile. Remarkably, most children will recognize their lemons at once. Some will even get protective of them.

    Next, ask the children to describe how they recognized their lemons. "My lemon was big," one might say. "My lemon had a mark on one side." And another, "My lemon had dents and bruises." Then talk about how people, too, come in different sizes, different shapes, different shades of color, different "dents and bruises."

    Maximilian Kolbe

    January 20, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

    The Re:Jesus site has a section looking at famous followers of Jesus, many of who would make a great topic for an assembly. One of the most dramatic is the life, and death, of Maximilian Kolbe. Jesus once said that no one could have greater love than for someone to lay down his life for his friends. He has always been a tough act to follow, but there have still been people willing to follow the example of Jesus, even to the extent of dying in someone else's place. Kolbe is one of those people.

    Making classroom resources

    January 19, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

    There are lots of sites on the web where you can design and print your own cards or stickers, but none comes close to 'Moo' for ease of use and quality of the finished product.

    Worksheets and lesson resources for RE, Citizenship and PHSE

    January 16, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

    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.