RE Lesson Ideas
The Diary of a Disciple series is a collection of contemporary children's books, retelling the Gospel. Written by Gemma Willis, Diary of a Disciple's quirky and accessible style offers a way into the Bible for the next generation. You can read about the series and buy the books by clicking on the logo. There are videos of someone reading the stories here.
Christmas RE lesson idea:
Try reading the Christmas story with a class (they would need to be able to see the book). The story of the wise men is not in Luke's gospel and so is not in this book, so you could get the class to write the story of the wise men in a similar writing style.
Can you think of 12 gifts you could give to family and friends without spending any money? This worksheet could be used at Christmas or Epiphany when the wise men gave gifts. Equally it could be used alongside a Biblical story where Jesus gives something to someone e.g. healing, forgiveness. Ideas include love, saying thank you, giving a hug, offering help, sharing, not moaning, friendship, forgiveness etc. Click on the picture above to get the pdf.
Angel Gabriel brought Mary good news. Christians believe that the message of Christmas is good news for all people – God has sent Jesus to rescue people from sin. The word ‘gospel’ means good news. Click on the picture above to download this activity to encourage children to think about some good news they have received.
Gospels in Schools, one of Bible Society's recently-released education resources, is now being used by over 100,000 children in schools in England and Wales. Written by Sheffield's Huw Thomas (Diocesan Director of Education). Children will hear a different Gospel passage read to them in their classes each week and discuss questions like: ‘If John the Baptist walked in here now, what would he be like?’, ‘What do you think it’s like to be sailing on a boat in a storm?’ and ‘Should you break open a roof to save a friend?’. Click on the image or title to find out more.
During WW1 many millions of copies of the Active Service St. John's Gospels were given out to soldiers. Replica copies are available for a donation from SGM Lifewords.
This lesson plan for KS2 / KS3 looks at stories from soldiers during the WW1 who were given copies of St John's Gospels. Click on the picture or title to get a lesson plan for using the booklets.
CaSS has created some worksheets to help you discuss Martin Luther King Jr. with your class. There are two documents of quotes which can be used on screen or printed and cut out as part of an activity. Download the first here and the second here. There is also a sheet with information about him (click on the title or image to download the pdf). We hope you will find them useful.
Historic England has a great resource and lesson idea to help children and young people think about what makes places of worship special and significant. The information and resources can be adapted according to age group. The resource uses the John Laing Photographic Collection to help pupils explore their local built heritage. It focuses on the places of worship built by John Laing for people of different faiths, all across the country. Click on the logo to find out more.
Youthscape sells removable labels that can be attached to Jenga bricks to create a fun game that sparks big conversations about life, faith, values, hopes and priorities. which can be transformative in the lives of young people.
There are 54 questions, split into three general categories – faith, values, and friendships/relationships – supporting the overall theme of 'foundations'. You play the game as normal but as each brick (and question) is removed, the individual playing follows the instruction on the sticker – either answering the question themselves, choosing someone else to answer, or discussing the question with the whole group. The game continues until the tower is knocked down.
Youthscape Bricks is designed to work in church and community youth groups or schools. You can use the game in 1-2-1 mentoring sessions and in both small or large groups. Click on the logo to visit the Youthscape store.