Godly Play

July 2nd, 2015

Godly Play allows children time and space to think, reflect and ‘be’. After a discussion about Godly Play with Mrs Weyell this evening, I asked if she would share her experiences of our Year Six children’s final session. Here is what she wrote…
Our Godly Play session today was the final one for Year 6’s, so we took the opportunity to go back to our Circle of the Church Year. We remembered how many Christians mark the changes of the seasons with different colours, and when the major Christian Festivals take place. This week is shown by a brown arrow.

Children were asked to think about their favourite story, season or special time and mark it with an artefact of their choice, placed on the circle. Children were invited to share their thoughts on what they chose and where they placed it. The focus was on personal choice; some chose to keep this private, but some wanted to share. Everyone listened to what their peers had to say…

In Miss Burke’s class, many children chose objects related to Christmas – angels, St Nicholas, Frankincense, church, presents and a figure of a child – it became a busy part of the circle (a reflection on how Advent and Christmas sometimes feels?)

In Mr Moore’s class, some children placed objects to mark their birthdays, many objects provoked memories of loved ones such as grandparents. Harvey commented that the chain reminded him that one of his relatives had died in WWII. Thomas chose to write a word on a post-it note – ‘Sorry” – because “everyone deserves to be forgiven.” He placed this in the season of Lent.

In Mrs Murton’s class, George reminded us that Pentecost is when the tongues of fire came to the disciples. Alice showed where autumn starts by placing some acorns there. Alfie particularly liked the Italian icon of Jesus on the cross. Shay placed some red glass beads at Christmas Eve because “it reminds me of the warm glow I have when I go to bed excited for the next day!” Mollie marked her last day in Roseberry before her transition to Stokesley School with a heart-shaped stone because “this is where my heart is.”

Good luck Mollie and all the year 6’s as you move on. For every beginning there is an ending and for every ending there is a new beginning.

It leaves me with tingles up my arms and that funny feeling in my tummy!

How wonderful that Mollie feels her heart is at Roseberry and how proud I am that we have such reflective, mature and thoughtful children. Learning isn’t just about Literacy and Numeracy – it’s about spiritual, moral, cultural and emotional development too.

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