Open the Book assemblies
TYP leads a local team which provides weekly assemblies based on Bible stories for three schools. Each Bible story is told using drama, props and costumes to bring it to life, with pupils participating whenever possible. The assembly ends with a time of reflection and a final prayer. The stories are carefully scripted and directed so they’re easy to present and preparation isn’t hard. Open the Book is a national programme, developed by the Bible Society, which has been favourably received by OFSTED, ESTYN and SIAMS.
TYP leads assemblies in eleven local primary schools on a variety of topics including festivals and values. Examples of these are: Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, honesty, forgiveness, perseverance, friendship, respect and celebrating differences. Often we follow the particular values requested by an individual school. On average we reach nearly 4, 000 children each half-term with a Christian based assembly.
It’s Your Move
Over 570 books were given to Year 6 in 10 local primary schools. These were sponsored by individuals, churches and TYP.
Y6 Transition lessons
TYP have taken transition lessons in three schools. We have offered up to 6 sessions with topics including: self-esteem, respect, honesty, peer pressure, making good choices, making new friends, having dreams and goals and not giving up on your dreams, working together and resilience.
Schools have been able to participate in TYP-led activities at Tipton Green Methodist Church and St. Matthews’ Church, Tipton. We have explored ‘Prayer’, ‘Communion’ and ’Are there signs of God?’ and ‘What Christians Believe’ and ‘What happens in a church service?’
TYP have taken R.E. lessons in schools, with the school choosing the topic they want us to teach.
After School Clubs
- School based: Running for 10 weeks a term at St Paul’s CE Primary, GR8 is for Years 2-6, and follows the theme of that day’s Open the Book assembly. Excess energy is burnt off through a series of games – dodge ball, team contests and ‘the cup challenge’ are always popular. We discuss the assembly story and theme, often following this with a craft to reinforce the learning. Obviously the best part is a drink and biscuits!
- Church based: TYP help out at St Matthew’s GR8! and New Road Methodist Club (both for Key Stage 2 pupils).
Chaplaincy at Beacon Hill Academy
This is a new venture in partnership with other local Christians in one of our local secondary schools. There will be a team of people going in to the school, once a week to begin with, to listen and spend time with the pupils during the lunch hour. In the future, we would love to be able to offer chaplaincy to other schools in our area.