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Percussion Advent

A three-part percussion workshop using music and poetry to explore Advent - the time when Christians prepare for the coming of Jesus as the 'Light of the World'.

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Mightier than the sword

When it comes to making a difference, letter - writing can still change the world. Whether using Royal Mail, emails, texts or social media, we should never underestimate the power of a few well - chosen words to pass on important information, change minds or encourage a new course of action. Correspondence makes up a significant part of the Christian Bible, especially the New Testament—and many letters among the first - century Christian networks are still remembered for their powerful rhetoric concerning money, status and power. Written before the Gospels, these epistles reveal a scattered international community coming to terms with their new obligations to serve each other. James's letter challenged established ideas about personal status, and Paul's second letter to the Corinthians was an emotional fundraiser for famine relief.

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Writing parables about thankfulness, generosity and money

Creative writing is taught for all kinds of purposes - including writing stories that carry a message. The art of persuasion can be subtly practised through telling stories with a key idea as a narrative. One of the greatest exponents of persuasion through story was Jesus of Nazareth with his parables. Many of Jesus' parables used everyday events and concerns about money, status and possessions to make their point, although Jesus rarely explained them. This lack of a clear 'moral of the story' probably made them more memorable - and they continue to be among the most famous 'traditional stories' in the world.

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'Ethical' number challenges and investigations with money

Numeracy doesn't have to be morally neutral. The What if Learning project suggests that a Christian understanding of life can make a positive difference to teaching and learning. Teachers of all faiths and beliefs have found this approach helpful when considering how their subjects might contribute to a child's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. But how could Numeracy investigations about money show the values of faith, hope and love? Here are some possibilities you might want to adapt to suit the needs of your pupils. All provide challenging Numeracy investigations into working with money - and add an ethical dilemma for discussion during the plenary part of the lesson.

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The Roman Empire, its money and 'giving to Caesar'

The Christian Bible's New Testament provides original source material describing life at the edge of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. Much of what happened in Roman Britain would have followed the same pattern as that in Roman Judea. Although the Roman Empire allowed several concessions to the monotheistic Jewish religion, taxes were raised to pay the wages of Roman legionaries; food speculators were growing rich by hoarding scarce grain; rich Roman nobles were amassing personal fortunes; and the Empire was lurching through a series of crises caused by unstable governments and civil war. The ordinary people of conquered provinces such as Judea were heavily taxed, breeding resentment among them, which would eventually lead to violent rebellion in AD70.

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Weighing it up - an investigation with coins

Soon after metal coins began to be used as currency across the civilised world, organised criminals realised there were profits to be made in forging fake coins of inferior metals. Unit 2 of Valuing Money tells the story of Isaac Newton's later career working for the Royal Mint, hunting down forgers.

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Putting others first - The Titanic

What is the value of a human life? Are some worth more than others? This assembly uses data from the report of a human disaster to reflect on how different 'classes' of people were treated before and during the sinking of the Titanic, over 100 years ago. It also uses these statistics to reveal the generous sacrifice of those who willingly surrendered their own lives during the disaster, so that others could live.

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Generosity - Michael Faraday

'Generosity' is a word usually applied to the act of giving away money. But there are so many other things we can give: time, attention, encouragement, thanks… and they are all important. The scientist Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867) could have made himself rich from patenting his discoveries in the field of electricity and gases, but he chose simply to share his findings with as many people as possible, because as far as he was concerned, they didn't belong to him: they were given by the Creator for the good of everybody.

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Art - Jesus and the money changers

The story of Jesus and the money changers has inspired a great many paintings because of its unusual subject matter: Jesus of Nazareth was not known for his physical violence! This vivid story sees him challenge the wisdom and authority of the people in charge of the Jerusalem temple, shortly after he entered the city to the acclaim of many followers. Instead of attacking the Roman rulers (as some might have hoped), Jesus went straight to the centre of Jewish worship - and proceeded to clear out the market set up in the Court of the Gentiles, an open space where non-Jews were allowed to pray. This demonstration of his own authority probably sealed his death warrant: Jesus' 'cleansing of the temple' on what became known as Palm Sunday was followed a few days later by his arrest, trial and execution.

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Saint Oswald

Teachers' notes and cross-curricular ideas for lessons on Oswald, an early Christian saint.

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