Story Assemblies of 24 Saints
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Assemblies of 24 Saints features a wealth of saints' days spread across the
school year from September to July, making it an ideal ongoing resource and
enabling teachers to opt in at any time.
material contains 24 complete assemblies.
material is designed to meet the needs of busy teachers looking for flexible
and creative material to take them through the school year.
Each assembly plan
includes a creative mix of elements, designed to put the life of the featured
saint in context and, through differentiated storytelling and focused
reflection, help children think about what the message of the saint's story
might mean to their own lives today.
A suggestion for a relevant symbol is
provided with each story, designed to highlight a special feature about the
saint and help children use their imaginations to ground the story.
Each assembly provides Teacher's notes, giving background details and essential
information to help set the scene and ensure that the teacher has everything to
hand for the smooth running of the assembly. Information includes:
Theme: A short phrase to instantly identify what the assembly is about.
Bible link: Helpful Bible verses written out in full, with a short commentary
about how the Bible story fits into the theme of the storytelling.
Resources: Suggestions for visual aids and props to help bring the story to
life during the storytelling.
Saint in context: Background information to place the saint in the context of
his or her culture and time.
Entry point: Topical introduction to the theme of the story and questions to
help children see how the theme is relevant to their own lives.
Reflection: Imaginative guide to help children reflect on the story and what
its message might mean for them.
Suggested songs: Songs that reflect the theme of the assembly.
Optional prayer: Suggestions for a Christian prayer, picking out the main
themes of the story.
'Build a saint' activity: Classroom follow-up to help build a full picture of
the saint, explore a symbol to help children remember how he or she is
traditionally recognised, and create a classroom display. In general, the
activities use simple, readily available objects, drawing and colouring
materials, air-dry modelling clay or play dough.
Each assembly also offers a differentiated story, offering a choice of two
storytelling methods: a simple retelling, ideal for younger children, and an
interactive questioning alternative for older children. Many of the interactive
options also include ideas for children to act out the story as it unfolds.
Heather Butler has taught at primary level for over 25 years, with a particular
emphasis on special needs, and has been involved with the teaching and
nurturing of children within the local church for over 21 years. She now
teaches part time, leads story writing workshops in primary schools and is
involved with several charities working with traumatised children across the
world. She is author of a number of books for children, including Stories to
Make You Think, Stories to Make You Think and Further Stories to Make You