Ethos Education


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First Man

Assembly Objective:

  • How does it feel to be the first person to accomplish something? And what difference did it make that Jesus was crucified? The Christian festival of Easter celebrates an event that Christians believe is the turning point of history. This assembly invites students to consider the significance of Easter by examining the events of the evening prior to the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Film:

  • First Man (Universal, 2019, cert 12). Click here to buy the DVD online.

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Superbook: Exploring resilience through the Easter story

This assembly material offers ways to explore building resilience, through considering three parts of the Easter story:

  • Being resilient when the task seems too much for us (Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane).
  • Being resilient when others let us down (the betrayal of Jesus by Judas).
  • Being resilient when all seems lost (the arrest of Jesus).

For each of these three parts we offer a video scene-setter from Superbook, plus active reflections to explore resilience in relation to that scene.  So there is enough material here for a series of three short assemblies in the build up to Easter, or one longer special assembly. This assembly material can lead-in to lessons (freely provided on SuperbookSchools.org), which are geared for KS1 and KS2, but can also be used stand-alone, adapted as appropriate for the age of the pupils.

Assembly Objective:

  • Through this assembly pupils will:
    • Be introduced to the biblical story of the betrayal and arrest of Jesus.
    • Think about how we build resilience as we face challenges in our lives.
    • Be introduced to Superbook (the adventures of Chris, Joy and Gizmo as they go back in time to the Bible era).
    • Leave the assembly wanting to find out more about the death and resurrection of Jesus and its connection to the big story of the Bible.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Assembly Objective:

  • What are we celebrating at Christmas? This assembly introduces students to the idea of goodwill to others at Christmas, and connects some contemporary Christmas customs with their biblical roots. By looking at Christmas through the prism of Victorian Britain, students are encouraged to consider a biblical perspective on poverty and the birth of Jesus.

Film:

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas (Parallel Films, 2017, cert PG). Click here to buy the DVD online.

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Ready Player One

Assembly Objective:

  • Can you buy whatever you want and still be a responsible citizen? And are you being manipulated by adverts? Suitable for use at Harvest, this assembly explores our responsibility as global citizens to share the resources we have on our planet. It presents a biblical perspective on consumerism and debt, and encourages students to take an ethical approach to what they buy.

Film:

  • Ready Player One (Amblin Entertainment/Warner, 2018, cert 12). Click here to buy the DVD online.

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Peter Rabbit: How should we celebrate Harvest festival?

Assembly Objective:

  • How should we celebrate Harvest festival? This assembly explores Harvest from a biblical perspective as both a time of celebration and for showing concern for others.

Film:

  • Peter Rabbit (Sony Pictures, 2018) certificate PG, click here to buy the DVD online.

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