Godly Play Overview
Summer Term 2018
Godly Play is a child centred, “wondering” approach to RE teaching. It encourages, challenges and nourishes their spiritual quest as well as enriching their biblical knowledge. Stories are shared using plain wooden figures and simple scripts, the children are then given the opportunity to question and respond through discussion, play and art.
The children at HWCE School have one session of Godly Play each term. Here is a short description of the stories covered by the children in their Godly Play sessions this term.
The Good Shepherd (Early Years)
This is a parable and like all parables in Godly Play is presented in a golden box. This signifies that parables are precious and a present to us from God, and the boxes all have lids signifying that we can’t always “see into” or understand a parable. It tells of the shepherd who leads his sheep safely to still waters, green pastures and through dark and dangerous places and is prepared to lay down his life to protect his sheep when a wolf attacks. It also tells of the lost sheep, and how the shepherd searches and searches until the sheep is found. The children are encouraged to name the sheep used in the story.
Holy Baptism (Years 1-6)
This isn’t a story as such but a presentation of the celebration of Holy Baptism and all it represents. It focuses on the Holy Trinity, creator, redeemer and preserver, representing them with the symbols of water, light and oil. A simple baptism ceremony is presented using a doll and the children are all given a candle to hold along with the doll’s baptismal candle. We discuss the light of the candles filling the room and the Christ candle giving light to all our candles without losing any of its own light.