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Ask if anyone in the class has a younger brother or sister, and if they remember how they were told what would happen? How did they feel about the imminent arrival? And what changed once the baby arrived?
Click to play “Paradise Street”, Episode 9.
Finn learns that his Mum is going to have a baby. He discusses it with his friends, who have varying degrees of understanding about how babies are made. Leyla in particular feels stupid when her friends laugh at her belief that babies come out of their Mum’s belly buttons!
Leyla too sets off on a quest to find the truth. Finn and Leyla learn about the miraculous process of how human life is conceived and developed in the womb. Siobhan asks her Dad about when her Mum was pregnant with her, and Marcus celebrates his birthday.
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Use the Lucky Dip Questions in Appendix 1 to generate discussion.
Alternatively, here are some questions you can use to facilitate a conversation with pupils about the drama:
• What do you think Finn feels when he first found out that his Mum was going to have a baby? What about his parents and brother and sister?
• Where do Marcus and Leyla think babies come from?
• Siobhan’s Mum has passed away. How do you think Siobhan feels talking about her now?
• Marcus remembers that his Mum said when the stork delivered him she wishes she’d sent it back. Why has he remembered this and how might it make him feel?
• Why was Leyla really moody with her Mum when she came home from school?
• What does Finn’s Mum say about where babies come from? How is God involved?
• What two things have to meet and combine to start a human life?
• What is the function of the womb?
• What picture does Finn’s Mum show him? Why can’t Finn see it in real life?
• What effects of pregnancy can Finn’s Mum feel at the moment?
• What does Leyla learn about belly buttons?
• How is a child born?
• What special job does Finn’s Mum ask him to do?
• How long does a baby take to grow in its mother’s womb?
• Why do you think Marcus’ Mum split up with Darren? How do you imagine Marcus might feel about it?
• Do you think it was easy for Marcus’ Mum to end her relationship with Darren? If not, why?
• What changes do you think this will make for Marcus and his Mum going forward?
Click to play “Delving Deeper into Episode 9”
“Delving Deeper” is a presenter-led film which highlights some of the key ideas presented in the film, gives some teaching and provides a Christian context by linking to the Kester storyline.
This teaching includes:
• Conception occurs when a sperm cell combines with an egg. The cells multiply quickly, and move down the Fallopian Tube to the womb (uterus).
• The ball of cells starts to become embedded in the wall of the uterus. This process is called implantation and takes about a week to complete.
• The placenta is formed, which is a tissue that, through the umbilical cord, passes oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood into the ball of cells, and removes waste materials.
• After a few weeks, the developing ball of cells is now called an embryo. In this stage, all the major organs form, even though it is only an inch long.
• After three months, the baby is called a fetus. The fetus quickly grows as bones and muscles form, and it begins to move inside the uterus. Organ systems develop further and start to function.
• During the last three months in the womb, the brain increases rapidly in size, and the respiratory and digestive systems start to work independently.
• A baby is pushed out through the vagina, and the placenta also comes away and is no longer needed, so the umbilical cord is cut.
• Pregnancy and childbirth are God’s way of giving the gift of life. He creates new life, but entrusts parents with the job of making us.
As an extension activity, you might like to look in extra detail at what the fetus looks like at each stage:
Children should complete the ‘Before We Were Born’ activity in their Paradise Street Workbooks.
Today’s activities helps children to consolidate learning from the films about the scientific processes in the womb and offers space for personal reflection on God’s role in their own creation. Some children might need a little help with the first exercise, so you might like to let them work in pairs or groups for this first stage.
You might like to play music in the background to encourage focus, before bringing the class back together to conclude.
Invite children to close eyes and listen to the following reflection read by teacher:
You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
Excerpts from a Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Sit in silence for a moment and give thanks that God’s incredible love and wisdom led him to create you and everyone else on the planet!
Play: “My Dedication”