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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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Searching

Assembly Objective: 

  • In a world where our online presence reveals our likes, dislikes, friendships and whereabouts, is it possible to be known for who we really are? This assembly raises questions of online versus true identity and prompts students to consider the biblical perspective that only God truly knows us.

Film:

  • Searching (Sony Pictures, 2018, cert 12). Click here to buy the DVD online.

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Christopher Robin: Is it better to be a child or a grown-up?

Assembly Objective:

  • Is it better to be a child or a grown-up? This assembly is an exploration of ‘the different worlds’ of the child and the grown-up and includes a reflection upon a biblical perspective.

Film:

  • Christopher Robin (Disney, 2018) certificate PG, click here to buy the DVD online.

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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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The Greatest Showman – This Is Me

Assembly Objective:

  • How do we respond to being treated badly by others? This assembly explores how to tackle injustice on a personal and global scale, and presents a biblical response to the question of how we should treat those who are different to us. It encourages students to demonstrate kindness and empathy towards others.

Film:

  • The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox, 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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