Lesson 4 – Celebrating Harvest in the UK and overseas

 How do Christians celebrate Harvest in the UK and elsewhere?

Pupils will compare and contrast how Harvest is celebrated individually, locally and globally, for example in the UK and overseas (Mozambique) and will reflect on what they can learn from their overseas neighbour in relation to harvest.

 Key Questions

How do Christians celebrate Harvest in the UK and elsewhere?

How does ‘Gratitude’ value link to Harvest?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the main components of a Harvest celebration and that what happens is often symbolic
  • Be able to explain why Christians celebrate harvest and show gratitude in different ways

Starter

Explore what Christians do at Harvest time in different parts of the world

Show pictures of good and bad harvest. Remind them that Harvest can be bad in Britain and Europe due to weather patterns, not just in countries suffering from drought or other environmentally related problems.

Harvest Festivals still take place in lean times – Why?

What difference does the celebration make to a believer and their community?

Pupils use a number of photographs of Christians celebrating harvest in the UK and overseas– including gathering produce, attending the church. They should identify what they think is happening and what is common in the photographs.

How can we find out more about how Christians celebrate Harvest in the UK and overseas (e.g.Mozambique)?

Main Activity

Divide pupils into two groups, one to explore Harvest in the UK and one to explore Harvest in Mozambique

Forming a community of enquiry – Generating and using Key questions – preparing questions for ‘Harvest Question time’ in Lesson 5

Plenary

What kinds of questions are better than others (open and close questions)

Who do we want on our panel to help our community of enquiry about Harvest in the UK and overseas?

Learning outcomes

  • Contribute to a brainshower – what is a harvest festival in a Christian community in the UK or overseas?’
  • Creating a community of enquiry about how Christians celebrate harvest in different countries
  • Recording ideas about harvest in the UK and overseas and making comparisons.

Resources and Points to note

See Christian Aid  Harvest Resource Pack (annual) www.christianaid.org.uk

See ALMA Harvest photos

Contact local church to ask if clergy and members of the congregation could contribute to panel members for ‘Harvest Question time’

Global Explorers website

(www.christianaid.org.uk/learn)