Find out, below, what FISS does in primary schools.
Assemblies are offered to all schools. We have mostly been online for the past eighteen months with two schools who have felt able to allow us to visit for live assemblies last term (Summer, 2021). Moving into the Autumn of 2021, schools are cautiously beginning to allow us to visit again.
Our assemblies aim to be relevant, interactive and fun and include something that the children will (hopefully) remember. For example, we might use drama, science or big props. It's best to keep it simple with a clear message. We love to tell a story and find out what they think about it too!
Clubs are offered to all schools, either, at lunchtimes or after school.
'Shine Club' is for around fifteen children. We have a small snack, share a Bible story and do a simple craft to help the children remember the story. If there is time, we will play a game as well.
Fruitloop is a free project for boys and girls in years five and six. It is a dance education project linking in with the 'Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning' resource (SEAL). The Christian context is taken from the “Fruits of the Spirit” which are listed in the Bible as Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, Self-Control and Faithfulness, encouraging children to have a healthy relationship with themselves, others and God. It is delivered through dance activities, fun games, discussion and role play. Children have fruit snacks and there are even prizes!
The main event that we run is the Christmas Journey for years three and four. Using the 'Lift the Lid' Christmas Journey script, FISS and Scarborough Christian Fellowship have produced an interactive nativity where children can travel back in time and be a part of the Christmas story, meeting the characters and visiting their homes and the stable. During lockdown, it was streamed as an online version.
This year’s ‘Christmas Journey’ (2021) is an interactive, nativity based on a pilgrimage through a traditional Christian labyrinth. It is a mobile event which will be taken around to schools and delivered in their buildings or in the local churches (subject to availability). The children will have to work as a team to follow the labyrinth path, picking up clues as they go, in order to unlock each part of the Christmas story. On unlocking a clue, they will get to meet one of the characters. Groups of children will take around half an hour to complete the journey and unlock all the different elements, ending with the manger at the centre of the labyrinth.