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Facilitate the game ‘All change!’:
• Invite some volunteers to play the game at the front of the class, or on the carpet (if the hall is free then all could take part).
• Children should be sat on chairs in a circle. There should be one less chair than the number of people playing the game.
• The one person without a chair should stand in the middle and say something that is true about themselves (E.g. I’m wearing odd socks, I have 2 brothers, I ate cornflakes for breakfast)
• Anyone for whom the statement is also true should stand up and find a new chair; the last person left without a chair says a new statement from the middle.
• If anyone is stuck for a statement, they can shout ‘All Change!’ and everyone has to change places.
• Alternatively, instead of chairs, children can take their shoes off and stand behind their shoes. Ensure there is one less pair of shoes than people playing the game.
This game reveals lots of similarities because children have to stand when they have something that is the same as someone else.
Click to play: “AJ Presents…We Don’t Have to Be the Same – Part 1”
The presenter on film, called AJ, introduces the role-play drama and sets the scene. During the film, the two pupils playing Sophie and Aidan are invited to read the drama in Appendix 1.
Make sure that children are ready to read the roles of Sophie and Aidan in Part 1 of the role-play when prompted by the presenter on film.
Through hot-seating with the readers, paired role-play, group discussion or a mix of all three, explore the following questions:
• What happened?
• What do you imagine Sophie and Aidan are feeling?
• How did the argument start?
• What do they think will happen next? What might they want to happen next? Are they different?
• Does that feel difficult or easy?
• What advice would you give them?
AJ, the presenter introduces the second part of the role-play.
Click to play: “AJ Presents… We Don’t Have to Be the Same – Part 2”
When AJ finishes, invite the pupils playing Sophie and Aidan to read Part 2 of the role-play.
Teaching on the Role Play
In these or your own words, explain that:
• Nobody likes to be told they are ‘rubbish’ at something.
• But people have different skills and talents, given to them by God.
• That means you will be good at some things and less good at other things. (You may wish to give a personal example, e.g. I’m not good at writing neatly on the board!)
• Sometimes it can feel difficult.
Give out the four Character Cards in Appendix 2, one set of cards for each small group. Each card has characteristics listed on there (e.g. very good at swimming, afraid of the dark etc).
Call out the scenarios below and ask the group to discuss and put forward one character who they think would be the most confident in each scenario and why (e.g. the good swimmer would feel confident at a swimming gala.) Discuss why each group has chosen the answer they have.
Extension: Which of the characters would not be confident in each scenario?
Extension: You can make this competitive if you wish by having a time limit for decisions or a fastest-finger first type competition and scoreboard.
Scenarios to call out:
• At a swimming gala
• Playing Hide and Seek in the dark
• Doing a spelling test
• In a big crowd of people Christmas shopping
• Sitting a piano exam
• Moving to a new city and starting a new school
• In an argument
• At a family party
• On their own at home
• Playing video games
Highlight some of the commonalities in why people might feel confident, e.g. being good/the best at something, feeling prepared, being with people they like and are familiar with etc.
Invite examples from the class of times when they have felt confident.
Endorse all appropriate answers, but explain that some are changeable. We might stop being the best at something, or we might change friendship groups. Or simply have an off-day, and that is OK!
Deliver the following in these or your own words:
• We all have different strengths and weaknesses.
• It’s great to celebrate our God-given gifts and talents, and it is natural to feel more confident in these areas as a result of them.
• But sometimes these talents might change (e.g. no longer being ‘the best’ at something). This can make our self-confidence crumble.
• We should get our self-confidence from something that will never change: knowing that we are children of God!
• Through teamwork, and using each other’s individual strengths, we can celebrate our differences and create a community.
o Imagine a Lego creation – it takes blocks of all different shapes and sizes, all different connector pieces to create the finished product! One piece can’t do the job of another. It takes all sorts!
• But one thing we all have in common is we are ALL God’s children.
Click to reveal the text:
We are God’s children and He loves us.
Ask children to turn to the person next to them and say, “You’re special because you’re a child of God.”
Extension: As a way to consolidate this learning, you might like to facilitate the self-portraits activity (listed in the Suggested Follow-on Activities) as a reflection.