Labyrinths are mazes where you can’t get lost (well, you shouldn’t anyway) but instead follow (with the help of iPods) a trail of about 9 activities at certain stations leading you back out of the maze. Step has a generic 7m x 7m mat with a labyrinth painted on and resources for several themed labyrinths. Currently we have labyrinths related to:
- Easter (based on CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
- Challenging the Darkness
We are always looking to create more themes so more may be produced in the future.
ME, MYSELF AND I
Students work alone, using iPods and props to explore six key issues of identity and personal formation. The activities enable young people to look at what they're good at, what they value and challenges them to consider how the media can distort our view of our identity through the images and messages they publish. Throughout the session, they fill out an 'ebay' sheet where they populate it with positive things about themselves, as if they were being sold online (don't worry, no children are actually sold during this activity!)
The main content of the lesson involves students working on their own, using simple object-based activities, guided by mp3 tracks which explain the practical activity, raise the topic and questions concerned and introduce a faith-based perspective. The activities are brief opportunities for pupils to think through eight themes, considering their own thoughts and beliefs on the topics. The lesson then ends with a final small group activity, reminding the pupils of the main questions from the resources, encouraging them to continue thinking through the questions they’ve tackled during the lesson.
RAGE, DESPAIR, HOPE (STORY OF JOB)
Have you ever been challenged by the story of Job in the Bible? If so, you’ll appreciate the difficulties this story poses but at the same time the incredible revelations about God that Job made on the back of his experience. Many young people in sixth form study Job as part of their RE curriculum but this resource can be used for the wider post-16 cohort. Rage, Despair, Hope is a selection of 22 images portraying the story of Job. The students journey through the images while listening to the story and are encouraged to reflect on this once they have finished.
The Space Mat is often used in lessons but can be organised at other times as well. If you haven’t seen it, please be encouraged to find a time to experience it for yourself as a description and photos doesn’t do it justice. Essentially, the Space Mat, created by several interns a few years ago, involves four massive coloured mats, each with a theme (namely God, Identity, Community and Global). Each theme has three separate reflective activities relating to that topic, including making a Mr Potato Head to explore your identity. The participants listen to instructions on iPods, allowing them to fully focus on the activity. It needs an approximate 7m x 7m space to fit all 4 mats but each mat can be used individually without the others.
With 12 unique activities set up and up to 36 participants at any one time, this is a great activity to help young people reflect.