Global Gratitude in action – How do beliefs inspire action?
Download ‘Harvest Explore! unit Unit 3 Harvest Explore!
When delivered as a whole, the RE with Soul learning journey within the Primary units follows the sequence of the elements within ‘Understanding Christianity: ‘Text, Impact, Connections’.
Understanding Christianity links
- Overview of Harvest Explore! activities linked to Understanding Christianity units see table below.
- Click here to download a more detailed reference document which sets out the activities within each of the RE with Soul Primary units and their specific links with Understanding Christianity units and activities.
|CREATION||Key stage 1||Unit 1.2||Who made the world?||Unit 3 Activity 1, 2, and 4|
|GOSPEL||Lower Key Stage 2||Unit 2A.4||What kind of world did Jesus want?||Unit 3 Activities 1,2, 4 and 7|
N.B Harvest Explore! and other RE with Soul units are designed to be adapted for use with any Diocesan Companion Link, to support schools in engaging with Global RE and Citizenship linked to Understanding Christianity and SIAMS. and Global Neighbours
Unit 3 Harvest Explore! Global Gratitude content overview
Entry Point: Activity 1 What is Harvest? Pupils will reflect on the importance of food for survival; and on the production and availability of food in UK and overseas. They will recognise that people have different attitudes and levels of access to food, depending on where they live.
Activity 2 What do Christians believe about God as provider? Through investigating selected Old Testament Psalms they will reflect on how belief in God as provider inspires personal gratitude and can motivate action on behalf of others in both times of plenty and poverty. Activity 3 The significance of Harvest to believers today To understand the context for Christian harvest festivals, pupils will consider the Jewish festival of Sukkoth and Feast of Tabernacles recorded in the Old Testament, both of which Jesus would have celebrated.
Activity 4 What does ‘Harvest’ mean to believers in the UK and overseas? Using examples of Harvest Festival services in the UK and overseas, for example, via ALMA the Diocese of London Companion Link, they will investigate how the Christian harvest festival has adapted and changed over time, in order to respond to the enquiry question.
Activity 5 Harvest Question Time They will organise and participate in a ‘Harvest Question Time’ to consider different viewpoints on Harvest with members of the local church and community.
Activity 6 Worship in Harvest Celebrations UK and overseas Pupils will reflect on the fact that Jesus describes himself as ‘Lord of the Harvest’ and how this impacts believers lives and the rituals and the purpose of Harvest festivals themselves. In the light of their learning they will consider the concept of ‘harvest of righteousness’ and the question ‘what on earth has harvest got to do with heaven?’
Creative Reflection: in Harvest Explore! pupils will have opportunities to activate a practical expression of gratitude, arising from the learning journey (class or whole school) to share with the local church or community overseas via the Companion Link, for example in Mozambique. Ideas include designing a ‘live’ campaign for a charity supported by the local church or planning and leading a school harvest festival. It is most effective if the plan of action is decided by pupils.
RE with Soul theme days – extended creative reflection
Activity 7 How does Harvest inspire believers to show gratitude? RE with Soul recommends the joint planning and delivery of an RE with Soul theme day in partnership with the local church, for pupils, staff, parents and church members to share directly in projects arising from Companion Link relationships between local churches and their overseas neighbours. A ‘virtues in action’ focus enables pupils to consolidate their understanding of theological concepts, how belief inspires action and to apply their learning through creating a ‘gift’ or sharing in a project between their local church and overseas neighbour, for example on the theme of ‘global harvest’. These kinds of opportunities can be initiated by the school liaising with the local church and their Companion Link or overseas community.
- Download ‘Harvest Explore! unit Unit 3 Harvest Explore!
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- Download RE-with-Soul-Harvest-Explore-Global-Gratitude-Theme-Day-Outline-.pdf
- Global Neighbours Accreditation scheme. RE with Soul learning activities and theme days effectively support schools in meeting criteria for the Christian Aid ‘Global Neighbours Accreditation Scheme’.