The Harvest Festival is a fantastic time of year. Both children and teachers have an opportunity to show their gratitude towards another great year, and the festival offers up an abundance of opportunity for moral and spiritual teaching. We have gathered our thoughts, bringing you some of the best harvest festival ideas for schools. They will help you to remind children to give thanks for the food they receive, provide a greater awareness of where it comes from and encourage them to reflect on those who are less fortunate.
Reflect on Jesus’s eternal love with these timeless Easter songs from across the ages In need of an Easter song for a school assembly? Looking for something that your Sunday school group can sing at your Easter service? This handpicked mix of traditional and contemporary Christian Easter songs will encourage kids to reflect on the true meaning behind Easter. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Isaac Watts Originally published in 1707, this is a rousing piece of music with an entertaining backstory. Legend has it that a young Watts complained to his father about the hymn singing…read more
As Easter approaches, there’s usually one thing on children’s minds: chocolate. And with cute bunnies and chicks dominating homes, shops and TV channels, it can be easy for them to forget or overlook the true meaning behind Easter. Here you’ll find some fun ways to teach the Easter story that will keep children on their toes whilst reinforcing the significance of this important time of year. Bring the Easter story to life with these creative ideas for teachers, parents and Sunday schools Easter songs Music provides one of the best…read more
As a teacher at a small school, you might be struggling to find a Christmas play that doesn’t require a host of angels, shepherds, stable animals and the rest. However, they do exist, and many scripts are flexible enough that they can be chopped and changed to suit smaller classes. Here are some suggestions to help you adapt the cast list to suit the size of your production along with some recommended nativity plays for small groups. How to tailor a Christmas play script to a small cast If you’re…read more
Music is an excellent tool for introducing and reinforcing subject matter. Used well, it can aid awareness, engagement and retention in class whilst enhancing creativity and promoting a sense of connectivity. Out of the Ark has a fantastic selection of tried and trusted curriculum-based educational songs for children in nursery and primary school, ideal for bringing core topics to life. All the following resources come with a CD including vocal and backing tracks. Words on Screen software can be used to display lyrics onto the whiteboard, computer screen, television or…read more
The benefits of using music in the classroom are well documented. Carefully selected songs can give children more energy and motivation, put them in a positive mood, boost creativity, promote relaxation and focus, and make classes more fun and memorable. In order to use music effectively in the classroom, it’s important to pick the right tracks for particular purposes, occasions and topics. Here are some quick-fire suggestions… 10 ways to use music in the classroom As a warm-up before class. Some simple vocal warm-ups accompanied by actions can provide stimulation…read more
Make the Last Day of School a Special and Memorable Occasion for All As the end of the school year approaches, primary school teachers everywhere are dutifully toiling away in preparation for the last few days of term. If you want to do something extra special for your year 6 class this time around, these leavers days ideas will arm you with a wealth of top tips and inspiration. Leavers Assembly Ideas For a leavers assembly to be successful, it must be both fun and touching, with just the right…read more
If you’re looking to conduct a school assembly this Easter, look no further. These Easter assembly ideas for primary schools include links to a variety of carefully chosen scripts, songbooks and resources for KS1 and KS2 to help you find the perfect songs and readings for your school. Easter Assembly Songs for Children Singing is always a great way to kick-start an assembly and help everyone reflect on what they have learned at the end. Find two or three catchy Easter songs to coincide with your readings, with a good…read more
For many children, the annual nativity play is the most exciting event on the school calendar. For most teachers, it’s one of the most daunting. Organising a large troupe of children is no mean feat, and if you want to minimise that last minute panic, all rehearsals must be planned and executed meticulously. These nativity play tips cover everything from scheduling rehearsals to making sure that everything goes to plan on the day, for as stress free a process as possible.