Creating a gift or designing a fundraising campaign for our local church or overseas neighbour
Consider jointly planning an RE Theme day with a local church to enable pupils to engage in an extended reflection with an individual, local and global ‘virtues in action’ focus. This enables them to consolidate their understanding of concepts, consider what difference learning about ‘Water of Life and Baptism’ makes to believers and to themselves. Through creating a ‘gift’ or sharing in a project between their local church and overseas neighbour they experience what it is like to ‘love your neighbour’ in action.
SIAMS and Global Neighbours
Activities in this unit are designed to be adapted for use with any Diocesan Companion Link, to support schools in engaging with Global RE and Citizenship linked to SIAMS and Global Neighbours as well as Understanding Christianity
This part of the unit can be undertaken as a cross-curricular project linked to Art or DT teaching and learning. The applied learning via the extended creative reflection involving creating gifts for our local or global neighbours, allows for useful assessment opportunities both of theological understanding and personal reflection.
This ‘gift-giving’ opportunity can be initiated through the school’s communication with the local church and their overseas church community. Examples of ‘gifts’ created as part of and RE with Soul theme day include translating their ideas and learning into textiles designs for the overseas community, such as an altar cloth, designs for stained glass windows or a fundraising project
(See case study Water of Life, which involved pupils in designing windows for the church in Lichinga, Mozambique, contributing to the Southall parish’s ALMA partnership. See also Extended reflection water of Life Powerpoint Extended Reflection - water of life for visual documentation of Water of Life extended reflection)
The applied learning via the extended creative reflection involving creating gifts for our local or global neighbours, allows for useful assessment opportunities both of theological understanding and personal reflection.
‘Diocesan Companion’ overseas links, such as the Diocese of London’s Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA) provide opportunities for schools to develop sustainable learning partnerships through local churches. See the Church of England’s webpage on Diocesan Companions for further details.
Click here to read more about the benefits of maximising the educational and citizenship values from partnership work with local churches and overseas neighbours for example via ALMA ( Diocese of London Diocesan Companion)
Creative process overview
- Responding to a brief: introducing the brief e.g. for creating artwork or designing a fundraising campaign
- Team work: working in groups with a group leader appointed who overseas team work throughout the creative process- (considering your neighbour in team work – see related guidelines)
- Research and visualising concepts and themes: researching and visualising ideas using agreed starting points
- Presentation skills development: presenting initial group ideas to the class – inviting feedback on how concepts, ideas and learning about baptism have been communicated
- Reflection on learning: reflecting on and refining ideas in preparation for translation into chosen medium
- Translating ideas: translating ideas into agreed outcome in partnership with parents, staff, church members
- banners on a theme Click here to see Love your neighbour gallery
- designs for windows Click here to see Water of Life window designs
- altar cloths
- priests vestments
- priests stole
- resources for children overseas
- fundraising campaign