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The strangeness in the sky

Creatures we can’t understand doing things we can just about fathom.

A young girl giant strolling across the sky saw an orange and decided to lick it.  She found it was nice and so licked it more and more, and gradually she began to lick the orange away.

Slowly she ate more and more of it, until her father saw what she was doing and said, “You mustn’t eat that in daytime.  All the little people on the world below use that orange as a way of staying warm.  Put it back at once.”

The young giant was unhappy to have caused a problem, and besides she didn’t like to be told off by her dad.  But she couldn’t put the orange back because she had already licked some of it.  So she asked her dad to help.

“Come on,” said the giant dad, seeing his daughter was worried.  “We can put it back bit by bit, so those funny little people on the planet will hardly notice. 

For the next five minutes the giant and his daughter rebuilt the orange bit by bit until it was back to the round orange that it was before.

When the job was done the giant and his daughter looked at the orange giving out its light for the little people below, and they were happy that the problem had been resolved.  “Now promise me you won’t do that again,” said the giant, and his daughter agreed.

“And one more thing, go and tell all your brothers and sisters about this and make them promise that they won’t ever lick the orange in the sky.”

Dutifully the giant’s daughter did this, and eventually she told everyone except one of her brothers as he was away on holiday.  He never got the message not to eat the big orange in the sky, and two years later he came back and the problem started again.

Of course, that story isn’t a classic myth but it has some of the basic ingredients of something taken from our life and then creatures we can’t understand doing very human like things while living up in the sky (or sometimes underground).

Myths and legends are part of our heritage; tales of strange creatures doing human like things.  Which is why we have produced the book Understanding Myths and Legends containing 27 stories from countries around the World.  Stories that can be used to support topic work in history and RE or used as part of a unit of work in literacy.  

For more information on Understanding Myths and Legends please visit:

https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/understanding-myths-and-legends-415

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How many of your pupils will keep their faith?

 It is unlikely that reading ancient religious scriptures to your pupils will result in them forming a lifelong relationship with religion. But this might.

It could be argued that the reason for young people of today being less religious than their forefathers is because there is an increasing disconnect between the context of ancient religious scriptures and modern-day society. And in no place can we find better examples of this disconnect than in the Bible.

However, many religious people would argue that whilst this might be the case, the messages and teachings of these ancient religious scriptures still remain as relevant as ever, which is why Modern Christian Assembly Stories exists.

Modern Christian Assembly Stories gives schools an opportunity to teach children about the messages and teachings of the bible in a context which is relevant to pupils’ everyday lives, thus increasing the chances of young people choosing to maintain a lifelong relationship with the religion.

This valuable resource contains 50 assembly stories which not only link to Christianity, but also to a whole host of themes and situations that young people may encounter and find difficult to navigate, such as Bullying, Disability, Disappointment, Equal Opportunities, Divorce, Peer Pressure, Phobias and Friendships, to name a few.

Click here to see an overview of the contents of this resource

Click here to see a sample assembly story (Scott’s Story: Tackling Child Mental Health)

For more information or to order Modern Christian Assembly Stories for £18.50 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book or both for a discounted price of £22.40, simply visit:

https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/modern-christian-assembly-stories-710

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How can we talk about terrorism without being frightening or bland?

Security is now, of course, everywhere. Even at the London Book Fair (not necessarily somewhere that you might expect to be targeted by terrorists), policemen with sniffer dogs now patrol the aisles between the stands.

And indeed, by chance, at the last London Book Fair one of the officers stopped by our stand and saw the book aimed at primary school teachers, “Talking about Terrorism”.

His reaction on seeing the book (and I must stress he spoke in a perfectly reasonable way) was “I have an eight year old daughter. I wouldn’t want her teachers teaching her about terrorism.”

And of course that’s a valid point. Just as parents want to monitor and restrict what their children see on TV and on the internet, so you as teachers don’t want them to learn about the harsh realities of the world around us, at least not too soon.

But the terror is real, and one way or another eight year olds will hear about the latest incident, just as adults do. Which means that somehow, as teachers, you need to be able to respond.

Plus you need to know how to respond to some of the suggestions made in relation to terrorism – for example, that events from British history could be classified as terrorism even though they are not normally called that.

These, and many other issues, are extremely difficult to resolve – but I do feel that they need to be considered and presented to children, because if they are not these same children will be getting information and ideas from elsewhere.

And that information may not be nearly as balanced as the information and thoughts that you, as teachers, could provide, even when the subject matter is incredibly challenging.

Which is why we have published “Talking about Terrorism”, the book the police officer saw on our stand.

It is a book which, if you are uncertain about how you should be answering the questions of primary school children concerning terrorism, you may care to look at.  For the book aims to help you formulate your own answers to the questions that children ask.

For more information or to order Talking About Terrorism for just £19.99 as a printed book, £13.99 as an e-book or both for a discounted price of £24.19, visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/talking-about-terrorism-740

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Have we really forgotten how to debate?

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FREE worksheets for teaching values

What Qualities Do You Value?

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What is the most effective way to develop your children’s emotional intelligence?

 

It is vital that children develop their emotional intelligence, for this guides their thinking and behaviour. Yet emotional intelligence can be incredibly difficult to teach to children, which is why Brilliant Publications has produced 5 resources to help you. We don’t like singing our own praises, but they have been very well received by teachers.

 

The stories can be used at specific times of the year, or when issues arise, or whenever you are suddenly called upon to do an assembly.

59781783171026-50-Fantastic-Assembly-Stories-KS2[1]0 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2 are set in Mill Lane Junior School – a fictional school. Each provides a moral dilemma for the character(s) to consider or tackle. Your pupils will relate to the character and the character’s dilemma.

The author, Adrian Martin, has been a headteacher for many years. His pupils have loved getting to know the different characters at Mill Lane Junior School, and have remembered the stories long after they first heard them.

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9781783172030-Teaching-Values-PSHE-Citizenship[1]Teaching Values through PSHE and Citizenship provides teachers with 38 activities for children aged 9 to 13 years old which promote the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs.

The book is divided into three sections:

  • Beliefs, Values, Behaviour
  • Rules and Responsibilities
  • Respecting People’s Rights

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Modern Christian Assembly Stories is a collection of 50 contemporary stories written by Gary Nott who deploys the very best techniques of storytelling. Using modern situations and idioms, which are familiar to children, Gary communicates the wisdom found in Jesus’ parables, making the stories ideal for schools wishing to ensure that their collective worship is, in the main, Christian.

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9781905780143-Brilliant-Class-led-Assemblies[1]Are you running out of ideas for assemblies? Brilliant Class-led Assemblies, will provide you with 10 easy-to-use, stress-free assemblies linked to the National Curriculum for science, history and geography. All these tried-and-tested assembly scripts can be easily modified to suit your class and can be as elaborate or as straightforward as you wish.

Your pupils can participate as narrators, evacuees, water droplets or investigators, even the River Nile! The assemblies are constructed so that all the class can be involved in some way. All can be introduced and done within one week.

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More Brilliant Stories for Assemblies contains over 50 stories for use in primary schools. The stories range from those dealing with specific issues, such as bullying, falling out with friends, racism and disability, to historical and religious stories.

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Sample material from each book is available on our website.  A link to an example is shown below:

Download a free activity about judging by appearance

These books are available in printed form and as an e-book which enables the pages to be displayed on an interactive whiteboard.

You can order these books in any of these ways:

 

 

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Number of children worrying about war and terror rises sharply

According to a recent study by Childwise, one in three children aged 9-16 are concerned about global events. War and terrorism were the two main areas of concern. This is a notable increase from 2015, when it was just one in four children.

Brilliant Publications publishes two books to help teachers to respond to children’s questions about terrorism. Talking about Terrorism is for teachers of 7-11 year olds and Radicalisation and Terrorism is for teachers of 11-14 year olds.

Talking about Terrorism by Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint

Talking about Terrorism

Radicalisation and Terrorism by Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint

Radicalisation and Terrorism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information on the Childwise study can be found in this Guardian article:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/31/children-worrying-about-war-terror-rises-sharply-uk

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