A symbol of thanks
Ages 5 to 7
This is part of an RE topic based on Creation. Read The Circle of Days by Reeve Lindbergh, then ask pupils what they like about it. Explain that the story is called a canticle, thanking God for what he made.
Ask pupils what part of Creation they value most and to write on a coloured label what they would like to thank God for, such as: "Thank you, God for the sunshine because it makes me happy."
Attach labels to helium-filled balloons, then go outside and let them go.
It was an awe-inspiring moment when pupils let the balloons go. We then came back inside and quietly re-read the book to reflect on what we had just done.
Deborah Texeira teaches at Crackley Hall School in Kenilworth.