The famous artist and sculptor Leonardo De Vinci is quoted to have said:
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer.”
And a famous Roman poet, Ovid wrote:
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
With statistics soaring on issues with our children and mental health, our assemblies for this month focused on rest. We showed the children what it means when the bible says God rested on the seventh day after creating the our world.
We showed the children that God resting doesn’t mean He is distant or switched off or even asleep! It means He had finished creating and all of creation was set to order. He rested because it was finished. The purpose of resting with God and having a day of rest, with Him is affirming His goodness to us, helps us to understand and trust in His finished work. We can rest assured that He has it all in order and in His hands. This is true peace.
We encouraged the children to have a time where they rest each day, and think about the good things God has provided.
We ended our assembly by allowing the children to study a piece of art (see below) and dwell on all the good things God has provided for us in His creation. We LOVED that time of rest, and many children expressed a desire to follow this through.
Next month we are looking at how we can shift our thinking from self-pity to praise – with the focus on Jesus healing the man at the pool of Bethesda.
It has been a busy few months for R.E workshops. We have been working across the year groups in 3 of our schools looking with the children at topics such as biblical and non-biblical evidence for creation (Year 6) to practical workshops on contemplative prayer (Year 5), Drama workshops on miracles in the bible ( Year 6), colours of Christmas (Year 3) and what it means to be part of a community (Year R) – just to name a few!
I have been working on building knowledge-based practical workshops that encourage the children to become deeper, wider, thinkers. This is an area of the R.E curriculum that i feel needs more attention. Instead of simply feeding the children with facts – they experience and navigate their thinking to come to a view point.
If your school is interested in Lighthouse Trust bringing in any of these or other workshops, please ask and we can talk.
Love to all, and if I am in school with you in March…see you soon!